Oregon fishing update

The Guides Forecast
Portland/Metro Fishing Report – With the mainstem still restricted to all fishing downstream of Bonneville Dam, effort is high upstream of Bonneville, where action for Chinook remains excellent with coho just now starting to come on.

A rare opportunity for catch and keep sturgeon fishing starts on Saturday, from the Wauna Powerlines (near Westport, OR) upstream to Bonneville Dam. Catches are commonly subdued, but experienced anglers often score good results. Check further regulations from THIS PRESS RELEASE.

The coho fishery above Willamette Falls is about to get underway. It was a productive fishery last year, and likely to be one again this year. A great fishery for small boats. The fishery really gets cranking towards the end of the month.

Clackamas River Fishing Report – Coho are rolling near the mouth, but reluctant to bite. Fish are making their way upriver, but until we see a cooler weather pattern, fish will remain lock-jawed, even for the most persistent anglers.

Summer steelhead are still available in the upper reaches, but cooler weather will improve this fishery as well.

Sandy River Fishing Report – Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports – “Hello All. I hope that you had a chance to get out and fish this past week. There was a day or two that the river colored up do the heat. The river is running at 7.84 ft and will stay that way until we get our first rain event. The river is running at 63 degrees and will start to cool down with cooler nights and cooler days. We will see a couple more days of 90-degree weather over this next week and then we can hope that we start to see rain.

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

John Maner of Portland, with an exceptional coho, one of his two-fish limit, taken on Labor Day on the ocean off of the mouth of the Columbia River. He was fishing with Pro Guide Bob Rees.
North Coast Fishing Report –
With a great offshore opportunity for any coho off of the north coast, anglers took advantage of good fishing last weekend, but have since been dry-docked with a rough ocean preventing any safe bar crossings. Monday may offer up the next offshore opportunity, where all kinds of species should cooperate with anglers for the month.

Halibut, albacore, bottomfish and crab, as well as of course coho and Chinook salmon should all be options for anglers once the ocean comes down in swell and wind waves. Until then, anglers will be looking for estuary opportunities for both Chinook and hatchery coho this week.

Most estuary wild coho fisheries kick off this week, but anglers are more likely to encounter hatchery coho (Nehalem/Tillamook) than wild coho this early in the season. Check regulations HERE for your favorite waterbody by hitting the “Regulation Updates” button from the recreation report. It is expected to be a robust return this year, hence the opportunity.

No rumors of outstanding Chinook fishing just yet, but Chinook and coho remain a fair option on the Nehalem system, mostly from Nehalem to the North Fork of the Nehalem. There are some dark fish in the catches as the system transitions from summer to fall Chinook this month.

Tillamook Bay is living up to expectations so far, slow Chinook fishing, some hatchery coho available.

The Salmon River and Nestucca estuaries are starting to produce early-run fall Chinook. Both systems will peak now through the end of September.

The Siletz system is putting out Chinook and will likely again be one of the better coastal fisheries this year. The Alsea will be a bit more challenging, but catchable numbers will start to show.

Crabbing on the north coast is improving and crab are filling out slowly, but surely.

See the full North Coast Report and Forecast for Members right here.

Willamette River System Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Green Peter Kokes Going Strong. Leaburg Lake Trout. Middle Fork Willamette Trout and Steelhead McKenzie River Trout.

Alton Baker Canal: Alton Baker Canal was stocked with 900 legal size trout. As always, a great put and take option for anglers and families in the Eugene area. Alton Baker will be stocked weekly through the summer.

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.

Green Peter Reservoir: Kokanee catch reports are still very good. Kokes are down deep, below 50 feet. Trollers with some weight, more than 100 feet of line and trolling in the 1 to 1.2 mph range are catching kokes.

South Santiam Steelhead: No New Fish Counts. Continued steelhead count watch: there were 1528 summer steelhead collected at Foster Dam as of August 29 – this is the latest report as of the 24th.. This continues to be multiple times higher than previous years.

South Santiam Trout: Flows are dropping and getting a bit low for trout in the upper South Santiam River above Foster Reservoir. If fishing for trout in this system, stay below Trout Creek campground and fish during the early mornings.

North Santiam Trout and Steelhead: The North Santiam received 2,200 legal size trout late July.

The upper portions are in shape and fishing well…..cool waters that are safe to fish in the heat.

Willamette River – From Harrisburg, to Corvallis, to Albany:

The Willamette River is currently at 5310 CFS at Harrisburg. Nice fishable flows right now, and wading the gravel bars is good. Watch this stretch as recent summer heat has warmed the waters and angling is better on the upper stretches, such

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.

Can you believe there is MORE? 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 4020 CFS at Moody. Water access is good.

Temperatures on the lower portions of the river are in the 56 to 58 range at Madras, and 62 to 66 degree range near Moody. Temperatures have been trending slightly upward.

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.

Upper Deschutes River: Much of this area is impacted now by the Cedar Creek fire. Best to stay away. The area below Little Lava is under a Level 2 evacuation status.

Metolius River:

Bull trout continue to increase and be active on the Met, they’re coming up from Lake Billy Chinook. If swinging flies for bulls with a trout spey Skagit setup with a white and olive Intruder style streamer with success.

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:

Labor Day weekend provided a nice variety of catches of bottom fish, ling cod and coho out in the ocean as well as Chinook in Rogue, Coos and Winchester bay’s (and estuary). Trout and bass anglers who did fish (before and/or after) cool water activities also caught fish.

The ocean outlook is windy for the weekend for most if not all Southern Oregon ports 😣 but knowing that September usually has calm weather, next week should be another good opportunity for some good tuna, halibut and coho fishing.

The Rogue Bay saw a lot of angler pressure as well a fish from 15 to 42 pounds caught over the Labor Day weekend! Earlier in the week, catches were fair but still lots of fish around with lots of jacks. There too, it’s going to be quite a windy weekend and hard to fish until early next week.

The mid and upper Rogue river is producing some nice summer steelhead from Chinook park up through Gold Hill and from Dodge park up through Shady cove. Some Chinook have been also caught at the mouth of the Applegate. The Rum creek fire is still burning so there are day by day restrictions for access below Hog Creek and smoke density varies from day to day.

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

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