Oregon Fishing Reports

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Portland/Metro Fishing Report

Chinook passage at Bonneville Dam is starting to explode. Despite a forecast similar to last year, the numbers of returning adults and jacks is outpacing that of last year. It’s early yet, but given anecdotal observations by guides and anglers in the downstream fishery, it seems clear to us that this run too, has been under-predicted. More will be revealed in the coming days however.

The fishery from the mouth of the Lewis to Bonneville Dam is often viewed as a dead zone but there can be explosive catches at times in this reach, especially with the revolution of the 360° flasher and spinner combination. There’s been a few good reports from this reach of river, but for the most part, it’s a challenging fishery so far this year.

The states of Oregon and Washington have announced a 3-day opener for sturgeon, starting about mid-September. Take a look at THIS press release for more information.

Clackamas River Fishing Report

Anglers are awaiting the return of hatchery coho salmon, due soon to the metro two (Sandy and Clackamas) in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, summer steelhead remain an option in the upper reaches but anglers are a bit burned out on this fishery as the dog days of summer have its impact on the success of this fishery.

Sandy River Fishing Report

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports – “Hello All. I hope that you all had a chance to fish this last week. The river cleared up and was running green with a light silty color. I can confirm that the first coho was caught the other day and it was on a spinner. The first good rain will bring more coho into the river as the springers and summers have all but come to a crawl. There are still fish to be caught in the mid to upper river with most of the fish being on the darker side. The weather forecast is for the weather to start cooling down and we hope that we have seen the end of those 90-degree days and back to mid 70’s and low 80’s for the next couple of weeks.

Find the full report and forecast for Members on the Sandy and the Clackamas from this page here.

Portland/Metro Fishing Report

Chinook passage at Bonneville Dam is starting to explode. Despite a forecast similar to last year, the numbers of returning adults and jacks is outpacing that of last year. It’s early yet, but given anecdotal observations by guides and anglers in the downstream fishery, it seems clear to us that this run too, has been under-predicted. More will be revealed in the coming days however.

The fishery from the mouth of the Lewis to Bonneville Dam is often viewed as a dead zone but there can be explosive catches at times in this reach, especially with the revolution of the 360° flasher and spinner combination. There’s been a few good reports from this reach of river, but for the most part, it’s a challenging fishery so far this year.

Clackamas River Fishing Report

Anglers are awaiting the return of hatchery coho salmon, due soon to the metro two (Sandy and Clackamas) in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, summer steelhead remain an option in the upper reaches but anglers are a bit burned out on this fishery as the dog days of summer have its impact on the success of this fishery.

Sandy River Fishing Report

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports – “Hello All. I hope that you all had a chance to fish this last week. The river cleared up and was running green with a light silty color. I can confirm that the first coho was caught the other day and it was on a spinner. The first good rain will bring more coho into the river as the springers and summers have all but come to a crawl. There are still fish to be caught in the mid to upper river with most of the fish being on the darker side. The weather forecast is for the weather to start cooling down and we hope that we have seen the end of those 90-degree days and back to mid 70’s and low 80’s for the next couple of weeks. The crowds have started to slow down on the river for school will start next week and the river will have more access and less pressure. The river is running in the mid 60’s and is running at an 8 ft level.”


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North Coast Fishing Report

The Buoy 10 fishery opened up for any Chinook today (8/25) and although the fishing wasn’t as good as it was the day before, several anglers took their limits of fish (Chinook) if they put forth the effort. Hopefully you’ve been following our YouTube reports, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for almost daily updates. Paid subscribers only have access to today’s report and tomorrow’s FORECAST. Coho have yet to show in any measurable number, but it won’t be long now.

The ocean weather has been rough, too rough to pursue the long offshore coho salmon that are out there in abundance. They’ll certainly be here by Labor Day, likely sooner.

Ocean salmon south of Cape Falcon is closed for coho, but remains open for Chinook. The any 2 salmon season starts in early September and action for large coho ought to be good for those willing to travel a bit further offshore if needed. Pro guide Rob Gerlitz (503-812-4950) reported easy limits (when the season was open) at about 350 feet of water due west of Twin Rocks. Rob has switched over to bottomfish, where limits of rockfish are easy, and he found a special spot for large lingcod too, just outside of Garibaldi.

Willamette River Fishing System Report

Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Green Peter Kokes. Detroit Lake Kokes. Middle Fork Willamette Trout and Steelhead. Explore The Upper Forks Of The Middle Willamette

Detroit Reservoir:
There are continued good kokanee reports. Kokes about 70 feet down. Reports of some good catches, with angler reports of hot kokanee bites early in the morning before the winds come up.

South Santiam Steelhead and Chinook: Continued steelhead count watch: there were 1515 summer steelhead collected at Foster Dam as of August 17 – this is the latest report as of the 24th.. This continues to be multiple times higher than previous years. But note that this is only about 12 fish in a week – the South Santiam steelhead run seems to be slowing down.

Willamette River – Steelhead

With increased numbers of steelhead, anglers are back on the water looking for steelhead. Note that not a lot of anglers are doing this yet. Steelhead runs in the Springfield area starting to produce. Latest guide reports are that there is typically 1 to 2 per day caught per boat.

Find the full report and forecast for Members on the Willamette Valley/Metro from this page here.

Central Oregon Fishing Report

Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Lower Deschutes River: The Lower Deschutes is steady near the dam, with flows of 3620 CFS in Madras and 4060 CFS at Moody. Water access is good.

Middle Deschutes River: There is a mix of PEDs, PMDs, and some caddis on the river from Bend to Steelhead Falls. Coolest cooler water temps in the Steelhead Falls area from the Whychus Creek inflow and some springs. Evenings have been producing.

Upper Deschutes River: The upper Deschutes from Little Lava to Crane Prairie has been fishing well with good water levels. This is a good cool water refuge location with the incoming hot weather again.

And yet there is a lot more for Members. Check out Glenn’s detailed reports and forecasts right here for Chinook and Steelhead Members both!

SW Oregon Fishing Report

Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

Monday was “tuna time” out of Brookings with a couple of boats getting into a bunch of fish…..smiling faces and screaming reels! The wind returned mid week to keep the tuna safe until next week when calmer winds hopefully return.

Rogue Bay fall Chinook continues to be steady with lots of fish still in the bay despite increased water flow. A good number of jacks are also getting hooked. Seems that most fish are being caught from the 101 bridge to the bar and around the dredge. The wind picked up mid week making “Googan” watching quite entertaining amonst the crowded bay I hear.

DIAMOND LAKE-trout fishing has been productive for early morning trout anglers. Those targeting browns are getting some nice ones and those targeting rainbows are getting them in the deeper colder water….all mostly in the mornings. Smoke from close by wild fires has not been too bad lately but can change any minute and should call to check for notifications. If you’re not getting bites, then change up your bait or lures. Slow trolling a silver spoon is a good bet. Good quality of fish ranging from 14-20 inches have been the norm where anglers have been targeting the shrimp beds and South end of the lake.

Jeff’s detailed report, multiple lake updates, and forecast in this week’s version for Members!
 
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