Oregon fishing update

The Guides Forecast
Portland/Metro Oregon Fishing Report – Although there are still a few spring Chinook anglers in pursuit of lower river salmon, the fishery is fading fast. Anglers will shift focus to other water bodies, mostly westward, until coho start to show around mid-September. It’s been a good run on the Willamette this spring, it’s time to move on.

Steelhead are still passing Bonneville Dam in better-than-expected numbers. Still, there is little effort targeting this depressed run, but numbers may trigger upstream opportunity, although we’re not aware of any specific announcement.

Clackamas River Oregon Fishing Report – Spring Chinook passage at the North Fork facility has already exceeded last year’s numbers and fishery managers at the Clackamas hatchery are pleased with returns of hatchery fish thus far as well.

Like the Sandy, fishing conditions are challenging however. Low, clear water has fish wary and warm temperatures put most fish in a holding pattern versus having a willingness to bite anyway. Early mornings are yielding some results for mostly steelheaders, springer fishers have largely given up on the river’s returning adults, despite better numbers this year.Sandy River Fishing Report – Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “Hello All. Well summer has decided to show up and the weather forecast for the next 10 days is going to be scorcher of a week. It looks like we will hit the hundred degree mark for at least 3 of the next 10 days and the remaining days will be in mid to upper 90’s. I floated part of the river on Tuesday and made a short trip to miss all the rafters and tubers who showed up around noon.

Trout stocking for much of the valley’s lakes and ponds has ceased for the summer season. Waters are simply too warm to support these cold water fish this time of year.

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

Just calling like it is…

The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association has been doing the heavy lifting for over 25 years. From being on the front lines for Snake River salmon recovery, to advocating for more days on the water for every fishery imaginable, leadership at NSIA has tallied victory over victory for sportfishers without asking for much help from the general sport angler.

The Guide’s Forecast subscribers are showing up more now than ever and we can’t thank you enough! You stepped up to comment on the Murray/Inslee process, finding solutions for farmers and fishers when it comes to recovering Snake River fish, THANK YOU!

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North Coast Oregon Fishing Report – Ocean salmon fishing remains all the rage this week, as most coastal ports are providing some opportunity. Ocean weather kept anglers at bay for a good part of the week, catch and effort was down for much of the reporting week.

Garibaldi reported some of the better catches and Pacific City turned on for coho and some nearshore Chinook this week. The ocean out of the mouth of the Columbia has largely been consistent, sometimes easy and early limits, other times guides and anglers have to work a bit harder for limits.

Catch and release sturgeon fishing remains good on the lower Columbia, even as the water warms. Fresh anchovies, either for sturgeon or salmon, remain hard to get and are largely only available on the weekends. Ocean salmon fishers are using a variety of gear behind the 360° flashers, with Spinfish a fan favorite these days.

Halibut opportunity is still plentiful with lots of all-depth and nearshore quota remaining.

Ocean crabs are largely in a soft-shell state. It’ll be several weeks before they start to fill out again.

Folks are getting excited about albacore prospects this weekend. If the weather window persists, there will be a small fleet of boats in pursuit. Reliable reports indicate they’re close enough to make the run.

See the full report and forecast for Members right here.

Central Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Weather Outlook Across Central and Eastern Oregon:

The region is in the middle of a hot spell that has temperatures consistently in the 100s in most places and mid to high 90s at the Cascades Lake Highway locations. A cooldown will come starting Monday to more seasonable temperatures.

Middle Deschutes River: There is a mix of PEDs, PMDs, and some caddis on the river from Bend to Steelhead Falls. Getting a little warm for this river.

Upper Deschutes River: The upper Deschutes from Little Lava to Crane Prairie has been fishing well.

With the hot weather, nymphing and other under the surface methods will take fish. If dry fly fishing, an attractor dry fly pattern will likely raise trout. Think along the lines of a purple haze. Size is likely unimportant during this next week, anything from a #12 to 18. Also traditional renegades and humpies are good.

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:

The ocean outlook for the weekend is a bit windy all over the Oregon coast. If there’s any chance, it would be early in the morning for a quick bottom fish run. Otherwise the ocean has been producing good numbers of bottom/ rock fish, halibut, ling cod, salmon and some crabbages (out of Winchester) .The salmon bite slowed down a bit this week but should pick up again after the weekend winds keep most boats off for a few days. Bottom fish have been good from Brookings to Newport to Winchester Bay. The coho bite continues from Brookings to Winchester Bay. Trolling herring in the top 15′ of water at 90–120-foot depth has been the norm.

COOS RIVER BASIN: As weather and wind permit, jetty fishing from bank and boaters have been doing well for rock fish and ling cod. Fishing the lakes and ponds that have been stocked early this year are fishing fair for stocked trout. As the water is warming with the Summer weather, success will be better in the morning and in the cooler areas of these lakes. Bass fishing has picked up in Tenmile lakes. Chinook and coho salmon catches have been fair between the jetties of lower Coos Bay.

COQUILLE RIVER– small mouth bass fishing has picked up in the lower South fork and upper main stem. Those who target strippers are having luck in the lower main with best success at night. Shad are about done. A temporary regulation started on May 22 allowing anglers in Coquille River system to use spears and spear guns to harvest small mouth bass. Traditional rod and reel anglers can also use bait throughout the river system. Unfortunately, salmon fishing is a no go due to poor returns.

Lower Rogue – Jim at Rogue Outdoor Store Gold Beach, Oregon 541-247-7142 reports that it’s been on and off again since Tuesday after a really nice bite started on Friday and into Monday where numbers were as high as 36 fish days! The quality of fish has also been good with 20-25 pounders not uncommon. Jim expects the run to pick back up, as it’s still early in the season and that the water temperature is gradually rising that will keep fish holding in the bay longer. The dredge that has been working there has provided an obstacle but also has provided opportunity to hold under it for protection and thus trollers passing by get some action.

Middle Rogue – Flow is back down to “normal” Summertime averages between 1500-1600 cfs. There are a few hopeful salmon angler and even more summer steelhead anglers finding a few fish. Even though a good start of summer steelhead have been counted at the dam, the success has only been fair at best. Hot and hotter day time temps make early mornings the best. Bank anglers side drifting worms and casting spinners and boaters working plugs in the morning are having the best luck. Weekend recreational water traffic is high, so fish early or late.

UMPQUA RIVER Main– Spring Chinook catches are sporadic and fair at best with most of the action has been on the ocean out of Winchester bay. Summer steelhead are throughout the river now and mornings are best before it gets hot and full sun on the river.

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