Oregon fishing updates

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Portland/Metro Fishing Report – With Willamette River spring Chinook and lots of other options on tap for the weekend, for once in a long time, anglers will have to wonder what fishery will be best for them.

Just yesterday (Wednesday), fishery managers once again extended the mainstem sportfishery, while also allowing a 1-day mainstem gillnet fishery, the first since 2016. The gillnets will fish on Monday, sport anglers will fish into the summer Chinook opener. It’s nice to see this fishery turn around! See the press release HERE.

Columbia River catches are good, but it’s likely success will start fading by next week. High water is more conducive to anchor fishing and bank fishing, giving those versed in high water tactics a strong advantage. Plugs produce good catches downstream of Bonneville, but those with a Washington fishing license should explore the Hamilton Island fishery as bank anglers fishing there, do very well under these current conditions. Paid subscribers, see Buzz Ramsey’s article on this fishery HERE.

Willamette River spring Chinook anglers will see catches explode this week, particularly in the Oregon City area, where springers have been staging, waiting to ascend Willamette Falls after a prolonged period of high water. Fishing will be excellent this weekend, and into next week. Downstream trollers should also enjoy improved catches, but Oregon City will be the hot spot.


Willamette River spring chinook Tony Meyers

Shad will be showing soon.

It’s still early and the river remains high, but the Clackamas is due to pop off with both spring Chinook and summer steelhead. Both species have been depressed in recent years, but anglers are hopeful for a rebound in action this season.

The Sandy looks promising as avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “This week’s report is very promising for there were fish caught throughout the entire river. A buddy caught three very nice late winters in the lower river on diver and fresh shrimp and they were nickel bright. He also lost a nice sized springer at the boat fishing shrimp. He was fishing all the deep holes using bait and then pulled plugs in normal plug water.”

Check out the upcoming stocking schedule HERE.

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

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North Coast Fishing Report – We are still largely in transition period for North Coast anglers. The new kid on the block is Pacific halibut, which anglers got a crack at earlier this week. Calm seas and an unmolested fishery produced good catches for many anglers fishing out of Newport particularly. Spring Chinook are yet to show in any great number.


Mid May is typically when we start to see better spring Chinook catches in Tillamook. We are just now entering peak period, and fishing should improve from here. There have already been some fair catches in the West channel but early morning tides this week are more conducive to upper Bay trollers working the Memaloose Boat Ramp area, using spinners or herring for bait.

Local area rivers have been in good shape for those interested in the unique opportunity for drift boating in pursuit of spring Chinook. The Trask River in particular has the best return of adults in the basin, particularly because no other river systems receive hatchery plants.

Summer steelhead should also be making their way back to the Wilson, Nestucca and Siletz Rivers. there have been a few reportedly caught. the Wilson and Siletz will be the two best North Coast options.

As is commonly the case, many North Coast anglers look to the salt this time of year. Between the halibut opener, ample opportunities for bottomfish, crab, and this year, a good opportunity for saltwater Chinook, there is reason to keep a watchful eye on ocean weather.

The catch and keep sturgeon fishery was far from good, unless you consider 1 keeper for every 136 rods “good.”

See the full report and forecast for Members right here.

Central Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Lower Deschutes River:

The Lower Deschutes bumped up earlier this week, on May 15 and 16, but is dropping – currently right around 4080 CFS in Madras and 6390 CFS at Moody. Water access is good, with summer-like flows along the Warm Springs stretch.

Salmon flies are now prevalent everywhere from Maupin to Warm Springs, it’s prime time and happening now. The bugs are flying around and active on the warmer, sunny days. Anglers are into fish. When the air is cooler and it’s overcast, nymphs are still a way to go.

Middle Deschutes River: River level is just right. When I was last there, there is now a lot of stonefly activity – golden stones and stone flies. The Middle Deschutes is starting to fish well now. Our friend Josh Pardee reports that the Deschutes is fishing well in and around Bend for browns during April.

In addition, there is a mix of PEDs, PMDs, and some caddis on the river from Bend to Steelhead Falls.

Haystack Reservoir: ODFW stocked Haystack with several hundred big rainbows (broodstock) in January, and several hundred more went in again during February. Haystack was stocked with 75 brood stock trout this past week, so there are some big ones there.

Our friend from Central Oregon Fishing Report, Josh Pardee says that Haystack has been fantastic for rainbows. Haystack is at 84% full today. Josh reports that the rainbows are moving out of the canals and into the Reservoir.

Jeff Perin at The Flyfishers Place suggest wade fishing is good near the dam or launch a boat or pontoon and fish drop-offs. Black, red and olive chironomids are great right now, as well as black, olive and maroon leech patterns.

Lake Billy Chinook: Kokes, from all the reports, are being caught. Effective colors include purple, pink, orange and brass.

There has been some exceptional bull trout fishing in LBC in recent days, look to the Metolius Arm.

Crooked River: Crooked River fishing has improved through April and these first two weeks of May. Flows are good at 125 CFS, but the water is still a bit dirty. Josh Pardee estimates the visibility is 4 to 5 feet.

Fall River: The weather over the past week at Fall River has been cold this midweek, slowing down the surface activity including PMDs and caddis. With a bit of a temperature bump this weekend, insect activity will pickup. Jeff Perin says “bring your green drakes to Fall River”.

Fall River was stocked during the week of April 11th with 1000 trophy trout, and just stocked last week with the same.

Check out Glenn’s detailed reports and forecasts right here for Chinook and Steelhead Members both!

SW Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

This weekend’s weather outlook for most of SW Oregon looks to be promising for a lot of variety of fishing options….. well, all except for getting on the ocean. Trout fishing opens back up for the Rogue and most other rivers and streams on Sunday the 22nd!

It’s going to be around 80+ around the Rogue valley so some springer fishing from Gold Hill on up or below Hog Creek on the Rogue could be a good option.

Not feeling that, well then hit the lower Rogue that is continuing to see fresh fish with a guide or take the boat out and get in on the springer fishing there where river conditions are improving into the weekend.

Not into that, well how about hitting the plethora of coastal and inland lakes and ponds for some great spring time trout and bass fishing. Many are well stocked and conditions great. If the surf isn’t too bad, surf perch fishing along the sandy beaches and jettys could find some good dinner fare.

Crabbing and surf perch out of Winchester Bay is also good. South jetty at Newport is popular for perch and rockfish

Into fly fishing? The upper Rogue is still producing some steelhead and the Mayflies are hatching. Try the Holy water.

Whatever type of fishing you want…. with the exception of offshore (for now), there’s good fishing to be had all over, so get out and enjoy it!Jeff’s detailed report, multiple lake updates, and forecast in this week’s version for Members!

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The Guides Forecast

This week’s Oregon and SW Washington Fishing Report

Portland/Metro Fishing Report – Spring Chinook fishing on the lower Columbia is finally starting to slow down. Passage at Bonneville is tailing off, but there are certainly catchable numbers of spring Chinook still around. The upper river, from Bonneville to the Oregon/Washington border, opened up today, as well as the 28th for two additional days of opportunity. Catches are likely good. More details can be found HERE.

Summer steelhead numbers on the Columbia are trending north of last year, which may be a nice surprise for managers. There was some (relatively) robust catches of steelhead in last week’s creel check from the mainstem.

As predicted, the Willamette took off for Oregon City anglers last weekend, but warming waters and dropping flows has tapered the bite there. Fish are pouring over Willamette Falls to the tune of 1,000+ adults per day. Passage conditions are ideal and fish are headed towards upriver tributaries.


Fishing guide Terry Mulkey shows off a spring chinook he caught this year from the Willamette River near Oregon City

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “I hope that you had a chance to get out and fish this last week. The report was that there was a lot of boat traffic from Oxbow downriver. There was fish to be had and I heard that there was fish on the move the entire river. Springers are being caught from the mouth to Cedar Creek. Most of the springers are in Oxbow to Dodge reach and the lower river is holding springers in the deep holes. There was good numbers of steelhead caught from Dabney to hatchery with a good mix of summers and natives.

The Clackamas River has come into fine shape but effort remains low for “peak” season on spring Chinook and steelhead. Steelhead anglers scored the best results with 3 keepers tallied for 11 bank rods. Most of the effort has taken place around Dog Creek. Anglers have largely lost confidence in the Clackamas fishery, but with a wild broodstock program on the horizon, hopefully it can return to its once great opportunity.

Check out the upcoming stocking schedule HERE.

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

North Coast Fishing Report – Spring Chinook are starting to show in better numbers on Tillamook Bay. It’s off to a much better start than we’ve seen in recent years. The west channel as well as the jaws have been producing best as of late.

Maybe the surprise of the season is the robust ocean Chinook fishing many are experiencing on the north coast this year. These Chinook are likely from California systems, but action is good off of Newport and Garibaldi for 10 to 13 pound “feeder” Chinook. More details in the full-length report.

Trask River anglers are finding some good springer fishing at the Hatchery Hole at first light. It’s a bobber-only reach of the river, but if you’re an early bird, there are quality fish to be caught.

Summer steelhead should be starting to show in fair numbers on the Wilson, Nestucca and Siletz systems, especially if water conditions remain favorable over the weekend.

Halibut fishing out of Newport and Garibaldi is productive too, as well as bottomfishing. Crabbing seems to have slowed a bit this week, but when the ocean is right, there is an abundance of opportunity.

Lower Columbia River keeper sturgeon fishing is off to a mediocre-at-best start, but there are some quality keepers being tagged.

See the full report and forecast for Members right here.

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Central Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

The Memorial Day weekend looks to have below normal temperatures through the long weekend and showers/rain through Sunday. High temperatures through the high desert will be 60 degrees on Friday, and in the low to mid 50s through Monday. Sunday will be the coolest day, with temperatures struggling to make 50 degrees, cooler in the high country.

Deschutes River: ODFW just announced, “With another low run of summer steelhead forecast, angling closures for steelhead, bass and salmon will be in effect for parts of the Deschutes River this summer starting as early as June 1.

The closures are in keeping with the Deschutes River steelhead fishery framework that fishery managers presented earlier this year due to continued low forecasts for Threatened summer steelhead runs to areas upriver of Bonneville Dam in the Columbia and Snake River Basins.

Salmon flies are on and off. Yesterday was a great day in Warm Springs. They’ve been active and flying around during the last couple of warm days, but hunkering down in the vegetation during the frequent cool, cloudy and sometimes wet days during this salmon fly season. When the air is cooler and it’s overcast, nymphs are still a way to go.

Fall River: Caddis have been active, as well as some PMD, midge, and Green Drake activity. Jeff Perin says “bring your green drakes to Fall River”. But, also bring your terrestrial box to Fall River.

Fall River was stocked during the week of May 9 with 1000 trophy trout, and will be stocked again in June.

Prineville Reservoir: Josh Pardee report that Prineville reservoir is fishing well for rainbows, and the bass are starting to get active during late April. It is not possible to launch a large boat, but a kayak or pontoon will work well. Josh also says the fish are aggressive – hard hitting.
SW Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

For the Rogue valley, it looks to be a better opportunity for anglers needing to wet a line to hit the mid to upper Rogue for Springers or even better, take some left over BBQ and take the boat up to Lost Creek for some excellent trout fishing.

Weather is going to put a hamper on getting out on the ocean after Friday… maybe Monday🤞 If you’re at the coast, then try any of the coastal lakes that have been stocked with lots of trout or find a nice spot on the beach and try for surf perch. Lower Rogue springer fishing is an option too but take your rain gear. Winchester and Charleston has been good for crabbing and surf perch fishing as well.

If you’re inland, any of the lakes and ponds will provide a good time to enjoy friends and family while able to catch a fish with the kids.

The marine forecast for the long Memorial weekend is good for Friday and then gonna be blustery until at least Sunday or Monday. Out of Brookings, the early part of the week saw limits of bottom fish and excellent Ling cod catches as well as a few halibut. From Brookings up to Winchester bay, the bottom fishing has been nothing short of “great” especially when the ocean is calm. Next week after the upcoming front leaves, it should be good again.

Ocean salmon fishing out of Brookings-Harbor is set!! It opens June 18th with hatchery coho only and Chinook “Kings” June 25th and will run through Aug. 21. Limit will be 2 salmon a person (coho-hatchery only and Chinook (wild or hatchery).

Andy mentioned that the Chetco is now open for trout fishing….. Sea run Cutthroat that is. They do get some in there and can be caught tossing cast masters or Rooster tails in the deeper pools and reeling in across a faster seam.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir– Trout fishing has been sporadic as the weather has been. There will be lots of stocked trout available and many, if not all campsites will be open for Memorial weekend. Expect it to be cooler with possible rain. The flow is strong and cold and anglers working the pocket water with fly’s, small spinners and spoons should catch fish as it will get better when it warms up more later next week.

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The Guides Forecast
Portland/Metro Fishing Report – Despite many more springers yet to come, the Willamette River has slowed down as water temperatures have warmed up. It’s getting time for the Portland Harbor fishery to kick off, with sporadic success likely to happen around Willamette Falls in the coming weeks. We’re entering summer doldrums, but it’s been a cool, wet spring, prolonging the springer bite in the lower Willamette.

Columbia River springers continue to impress biologists as the 3rd run size upgrade triggered managers to further liberalize the mainstem sport season. Managers expanded the limit to 2 hatchery springers/day and opened up the river to boat anglers upstream of Beacon Rock. Some of the best catch rates remain for bank anglers however, largely fishing the lower end of Hamilton Island on the Washington side of the river. The river upstream of Bonneville Dam also re-opened for sportfishing. Read the full press release HERE.

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “Well, this week we saw that the river held its course and stayed just over 10.5 ft for most of the week. The forecast is for the river to stay at 10.5 and then head up to almost 11ft before we see the river drop back down to 10 ft. The river is ideal in color and is running around 47 degrees which is ideal to keep fish on the bite. The river will bump because rain is forecasted for the next 4 days. Fish were caught the entire river from the mouth to Cedar Creek. Spinners seemed to be the ticket for both steelhead and springers. There was a mix of both hatchery and native springers caught from Dodge to the mouth.”

Clackamas River anglers have yet to tally a spring Chinook, but there seems to be fair numbers of summer steelhead available, mostly to bank anglers in recent weeks. With rain and warm temperatures in the forecast, both metro rivers are expected to go out on Sunday.

Check out the upcoming stocking schedule HERE.

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

North Coast Fishing Report – Spring Chinook are hitting fairly good in the Tillamook district. Tillamook Bay and the Trask River have catchable numbers available. The Hatchery Hole is producing consistent results for early birds and the Nestucca River has some springers as well. Three Rivers is a good bank fishing spot as well, but be cognizant of gear restrictions to reduce the chances of snagging. Of course you should be reporting any poachers in these areas.

Offshore Chinook fishing continues to produce impressive numbers of fish. It’s a rich ocean out there, hopefully Chinook fishing will hold up.

Bottomfishing remains good and crabbing has improved since last week. Halibut fishing seemed to under-perform this week, but action can be sporadic after intensive pressure when ocean weather cooperates.

Fishery managers gave sport anglers another 2 sturgeon days (June 8 and 11) as catch rates have under-performed as of late. The best fishing remains above Tongue Point and with the water still high and on the cold side, catch rates aren’t likely to explode in the coming days.

See the full report and forecast for Members right here.



A young Mr. Giles from Tennessee caught this 15-pound snow-belly springer along Jim Crow sands upstream of Tongue Point on Thursday, June 2nd. The fish took a pink K-13X with a fresh anchovy fillet in about 5 foot of water on the outgoing tide. He was fishing with pro guide Bob Rees.

Central Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Paulina and East Lakes. Last Hurrah For The Salmonflies. Metolius Hatches Have Been On and Off



Salmon flies continue, like they have been all May and now June, to be on and off. They are active and flying on the rarer warm days, but hunkering down in the vegetation during the frequent cool, cloudy and sometimes wet days during this salmon fly season. When the air is cooler and it’s overcast, nymphs are still a way to go.

Lake Billy Chinook:

Kokes, from all the reports, are being caught. Effective colors include purple, pink, orange and brass.

There has been some exceptional bull trout fishing in LBC in recent days, look to the Metolius Arm.

Crooked River: The Crooked River continues to be colored up, but fishing well.

The Mother’s Day caddis has been going this month but is now past it’s peak and fading. That said there continues to be caddis hatches.

Metolius River:

The entire stretch up the Metolius, including the section above Allingham Bridge is open and this is prime time on the Metolius.

PMDs continue to hatch in spurts because of on and off cold weather in this region which continues to this day. Green drakes are going also in spurts– and the overcast days help the hatch. The fish will come up for the drakes under most conditions. Be on the river during the afternoons for possible PMD and green drake hatches, but be ready for anything. If there are no hatches, be prepared for nymphing.

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:

Free Fishing Weekend is coming up June 4 & 5 – two days when you don’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon that’s open. It’s a great time of year with many types of fishing to be had- salmon, trout, bass & panfish, halibut, offshore rock fish, jetty, steelhead, crabbing and clamming…. you name it, there’s somewhere in Oregon that will provide your pleasure.

As for the Rogue valley, Springers are being caught on a regular basis both by boaters and bank anglers from Dodge Bridge to McGregor Park. The warmer weather has gotten the bass and panfish bite back on at Lake Selmac and other Rogue valley ponds. Trout fishing continues to be good at Lost Creek and Applegate lake where there’s lots of hold over and recently stocked fish to be caught and both lakes are at peak high water. On the mid Rogue, some anglers are hooking into some Summer Steelhead already.

The lower Rogue springer fishing seems to be on the “down hill slide” as the numbers of fish caught are dwindling even despite being able to keep both wild and hatchery fish.

Getting out on the ocean after Friday looks to be not so promising as yet another weekend storm approaches. Friday is the best opportunity to get out and get some good catches of rock fish, ling cod, and halibut. The coastal lakes have been stocked with lots of trout and will fish well until the water gets too warm and sprouts up the weeds. Surf perch fishing is still going good especially around Charleston and Winchester Bays. Jetty fishing is also a good option although maybe not this weekend depending on weather.

Good flow and cool water on the North Umpqua, catches of Spring Chinook has been “surprisingly good”. The main Umpqua has seen fair catches of Chinook and the shad are in!

Upper Rogue- Spring Chinook fishing has picked up well for both bank and boat anglers. Angling pressure has increased along with catches of Chinook ranging 15-25 pounds. The condition of these fish has been very good too as the river flow has been good enough to allow the fish to swim hard and fast up to their spawning grounds. Anglers are picking up fish around the Casey Park and McGregor fishing access areas to a bit further downstream. Drift boat anglers are using sardine/ anchovy and or tuna wrapped Mag Lips or Kwikfish, or back bounding roe in the deeper holes. Almost 1000 spring Chinook have been counted thus far

UMPQUA RIVER Main– Spring Chinook catches are sporadic. Again weather and water conditions have kept Springer catches “fair” at best. No wild harvest of spring Chinook is allowed in 2022 (jacks or adults). Weather conditions for the upcoming long weekend looks better for trout fishing in the many lakes and ponds that have been stocked well.

Summer steelhead are entering the river now and anglers targeting strippers are finding increased numbers and will get better as the weather gets warmer.

North Umpqua – Summer run steelhead and increased numbers of spring Chinook have been caught in the lower part of the river. Weather and water conditions have been sporadic and catches have only been fair. Another shot of water flow coming up should improve both salmon and steelhead catches.

Only one wild spring Chinook adult per day and ten per season may be kept on the North in 2022. Anglers may still retain one additional Chinook if it’s a hatchery fish.

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

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The Guides Forecast
Portland/Metro Fishing Report - Bonneville salmon counts are on the bump again. We're still weeks away from the summer Chinook run, and things are already looking up. Over 2,000 adults/day are passing Bonneville and anglers versed in high water strategies are faring quite well, especially bank anglers in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Willamette is slowing for springers, but will likely pick right back up again, as upper Columbia bound Chinook stray into the Willamette as mainstem spill and flow has the lower river backed up into the Portland Harbor. Shad are thick in the Oregon City area.

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, "This week we saw the river blow out on Friday due to rain and snow melting over the weekend. The river came back into shape by Sunday and has stayed ideal color and height. The river shows another day of going up to 11ft and should clear quickly and drop back down to 10ft and should be very productive.

The Clackamas has yet to yield a spring Chinook, but there are fair numbers of summer steelhead around, bank anglers have been doing good. Both the Sandy and Clackamas are scheduled to take a significant bump over the weekend as rainfall is slated to be strong in the coming days.

Check out the upcoming stocking schedule HERE.

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

North Coast Fishing Report - Saltwater anglers are really liking what they are seeing offshore, ample Chinook catches with halibut and bottomfishing action good as well. Ocean crabbing has even picked up as well, it's a veritable bounty out there.

Spring Chinook in the Tillamook district is going well too. A better than average (at least when compared to the last few years) is looking good. The soft tides this weekend and into next week should produce the best catches in the lower reaches of Tillamook and Nestucca Bays.

A bump in the district's rivers should also put driftboats within reach of good spring Chinook action on the Nestucca and Trask Rivers. The hatchery hole remains a popular destination for early and motivated risers.

Summer steelhead are starting to show in better numbers on the Nestucca, Wilson and Siletz Rivers. It appears to be a better return than the previous few, but you'll still have to work for them.

Saturday is the last day for estuary sturgeon anglers to catch and keep one for the season. The action has been picking up, but overall, the fishery has dramatically under-performed manager's expectations.

See the full report and forecast for Members right here.

Central Oregon Fishing Report - Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Paulina and East Lakes. Metolius Hatch Mixed Bag.

ODFW News – Angling Restrictions


Lower Deschutes River:


The Lower Deschutes is steady at 4020 CFS in Madras and 5410 CFS at Moody. Water access is good, with summer-like flows along the Warm Springs stretch.
Temperatures on the lower portions of the river are in the 53 to 55 range at Madras and 59 to 63 degree range near Moody.

Haystack Reservoir: No recent reports. Was stocked earlier in the year and dropping now.

Lake Billy Chinook: Kokes, from all the reports, are being caught. Effective colors include purple, pink, orange and brass.

There has been some exceptional bull trout fishing in LBC in recent days, look to the Metolius Arm.

Crooked River: The Crooked River is fishing well. It is kind of low, with flows in and around 140 CFS.

Metolius River: The entire stretch up the Metolius, including the section above Allingham Bridge is open and this is prime time on the Metolius.

Prineville Reservoir: Josh Pardee report that Prineville reservoir is fishing well for rainbows, and the bass are starting to get active during late April. It is not possible to launch a large boat, but a kayak or pontoon will work well. Josh also says the fish are aggressive – hard hitting.

North Central Oregon/Mid-Columbia Waters:

This week’s report from Gorge Outfitters Supply (541-739-2222) in Rufus, between the John Day and Deschutes Rivers are that the walleye fishing is good above the John Day dam. Because of on and off snowmelt, the water temperatures are variable.

Bass fishing has slowed down.

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:

There’s plenty of fishin action to be had right now….. the ocean (when calm) is producing nice limits of rock fish along with some halibut (which is now open), and surf perch. Cutthroat trout and stocked trout are still in abundance in the coastal lakes. The Rogue is maintaining Spring Chinook action above Shady Cove as well as on the Lower Rogue from Agness on down. Most all Southern Oregon lakes and streams are getting the attention of trout, salmon, steelhead and bass anglers alike…. there’s a good variety to fish for right now!

The Rogue valley action is primarily for Springers that are being caught mostly up river from Dodge Bridge to McGregor Park. Some Summer run steelhead are in and with trout season open, more will be caught. The flow has increased to over 4000 cfs at Grants Pass so trying to anchor and or back troll for salmon or steelhead is a bit of a chore for drift boats. Warm/ hot weather has gotten the bass and panfish bite back on at Lake Selmac and other Rogue valley ponds. Trout fishing continues to be good at Lost Creek and Applegate lake where there’s lots of hold over and recently stocked fish to be caught and both lakes are at peak high water.

The lower Rogue springer fishing had a good bite on late Saturday as the recent rain deluge got the river flow and turbidity higher. It’s now waned as of Wednesday, but hopes are for a last “hurrah bite” before the Fall run start in July.

The ocean looks to be conducive for weekend (finally) for bottom fish and halibut. Anglers earlier this week have been scoring excellent catches of rock fish and halibut. The coastal lakes have been stocked with lots of trout and will fish well until the water gets too warm and sprouts up the weeds. Surf perch fishing and crabbing is still going good especially around Charleston and Winchester Bays. Jetty fishing is also a good option although maybe not this weekend depending on weather.

Good flow and cool water on the North Umpqua, catches of Spring Chinook has been “surprisingly good”. Shad are in the main Umpqua now in good numbers and Chinook catches are fair.

I will be up in Canada at Winter Harbour next week for a rescheduled male bonding fishing trip, so I’ll be too busy catching Chinook, halibut and bottom fish to get out next week’s report. Wish me luck

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

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The Guides Forecast
Portland/Metro Orgon Fishing Report – With the recent high water event, anglers on both the Columbia and Willamette Rivers will be challenged for success for what’s shaping up to be a robust return of spring and summer Chinook. The Willamette is on the drop and may fish early next week, but weekend fishing is likely to be challenging. Shad fishing too, despite being in peak season.

The Columbia has now transitioned to summer Chinook, with the last day of the season being June 22nd. If you’re versed in high water strategies, you have the advantage. Bank anglers tend to do best in high water conditions as well.

Clackamas River anglers posted a good (last) week for summer steelhead. Bank anglers did particularly well and with the high water over the weekend, they stand the best chance under these water conditions too. The season’s first spring Chinook were tallied last week, it should be another fair week for springers despite a likely poor return again this season.

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “Hello All, what a week we’ve had. The weather is about to set a record for one of the wettest months on record. As for this time we are 5th wettest and could go higher on the list with more rain forecasted. Over the weekend we saw the river go up over 14 ft. on Saturday and is currently running at 11.65ft. The river was light chocolate brown and will take a couple more days before it turns steelhead green. The river has lots of trees and other various debris and at the writing of this report, there was a tree blocking three quarters of the river at the Troutdale Bridge. The river will slowly clear and if you plan on fishing, I would fish close to the river banks for fish will hold and move in clearer water. I also recommend that you wear your floatation devices when floating the river to protect yourself and friends.”

Check out the upcoming stocking schedule HERE.

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

North Coast Oregon Fishing Report – It is a good time of the year to be fishing on the Oregon coast. Typically there are lots of options, with the ocean salmon fishery going gangbusters, it’s a pretty special place to be right now.

Most people are highly focused on the spring Chinook return back to Tillamook Bay this time of year. And although that’s nothing to shake a stick at, the ocean salmon fishery, largely targeting California stocks of fish offshore, is flat out awesome. Once in a while we get these dense populations of feeding Chinook off the North Coast, a clear indication there is a lot of forage fish available for these fast growing adults.

Pro guide Rob Gerlitz (503-812-4950) has been scoring good results. He had out a father/son combo the other day, netting this whopper in the offshore fishery:

See the full report and forecast for Members right here.

Meanwhile, back in spring Chinook land (Tillamook Bay), action has been fair but with all the high water in the district, fish aren’t holding all that long in the bay or tidewater reaches of the Trask River. It’s also hard to get around with the magnitude of minus tides happening at this given point.

And speaking of river fishing, it’s been pretty good. It’s unusual (if you haven’t heard that before) to have such good river conditions for anglers to fish this system this time of year. Catches, although not consistent, have been good on the Trask River from Cedar Creek downstream.

Nestucca and Three Rivers anglers are also sharing happy stories. Both systems have good numbers of springers available.

There are also summer steelhead available on the north coast, and again, good water conditions are playing a factor in success. Three Rivers, the mainstem Nestucca, the Wilson and Siletz Rivers are all peaking for fresh-run summer steelhead right now.

Halibut fishing is fair, best out of Newport, and bottomfishing remain excellent out of most ports. Ocean crabbing is good, bay crabbing was challenging during this week’s magnum tide exchanges. That made for good clam digging however.

Central Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Crane Prairie Picking Up. Metolius and Fall Rivers

The Lower Deschutes dropped after a weekend spike and is now running at 3960 CFS in Madras and 5520 CFS at Moody. The White River spiked up and introduced a lot of muddy water on the weekend, and is somewhat receding now. Water access is good.

Temperatures on the lower portions of the river are in the 55 to 57 range at Madras and 58 to 63 degree range near Moody.

Caddis are active on the warm days and becoming the dominant insect anglers should focus on. But, the PMDs and PEDs are becoming important, so there is dry fly-topwater action on the Deschutes with PMDs, PEDs and caddis.

Middle Deschutes River: The middle Deschutes did spike up last weekend and was off color, but flows have receded back to where they were and is clearing. There is a mix of PEDs, PMDs, and some caddis on the river from Bend to Steelhead Falls.

Upper Deschutes River: The upper Deschutes is now open with increasingly better reports of quality fish through the upper D from Little Lava to Crane Prairie.

Lake Billy Chinook: Latest from LBC is that kokes have been scattered, and down deep. Effective colors include purple, pink, orange and brass.

Some anglers are reporting the start of smallmouth activity.

Crooked River: The Crooked River is fishing well. It is kind of low, with flows in and around 140 CFS.

Good and consistent caddis hatches are happening now on the Crooked. Reports are that the smaller trout are taking flies on top, and the larger trout are being caught with nymphs.

Fall River: Fishing well from the hatchery to the headwaters.

Caddis have been active, as well as some PMD and midge activity. In addition, terrestrials like ants and beetles are taking trout. There has been an occasional green drake hatch.

Fall River was stocked during the week of May 9 with 1000 trophy trout, and was stocked again this past week.

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:

There’s plenty of fishin action to be had right now….. the ocean (when calm) is producing nice limits of rock fish along with some halibut (which is now open), and surf perch. Cutthroat trout and stocked trout are still in abundance in the coastal lakes. The Rogue is maintaining Spring Chinook action above Shady Cove as well as on the Lower Rogue from Agness on down. Most all Southern Oregon lakes and streams are getting the attention of trout, salmon, steelhead and bass anglers alike…. there’s a good variety to fish for right now!

The Rogue valley action is primarily for Springers that are being caught mostly up river from Dodge Bridge to McGregor Park. Some Summer run steelhead are in and with trout season open, more will be caught. The flow has increased to over 4000 cfs at Grants Pass so trying to anchor and or back troll for salmon or steelhead is a bit of a chore for drift boats. Warm/ hot weather has gotten the bass and panfish bite back on at Lake Selmac and other Rogue valley ponds. Trout fishing continues to be good at Lost Creek and Applegate lake where there’s lots of hold over and recently stocked fish to be caught and both lakes are at peak high water.

The lower Rogue springer fishing had a good bite on late Saturday as the recent rain deluge got the river flow and turbidity higher. It’s now waned as of Wednesday, but hopes are for a last “hurrah bite” before the Fall run start in July.

The ocean looks to be conducive for weekend (finally) for bottom fish and halibut. Anglers earlier this week have been scoring excellent catches of rock fish and halibut. The coastal lakes have been stocked with lots of trout and will fish well until the water gets too warm and sprouts up the weeds. Surf perch fishing and crabbing is still going good especially around Charleston and Winchester Bays. Jetty fishing is also a good option although maybe not this weekend depending on weather.

Good flow and cool water on the North Umpqua, catches of Spring Chinook has been “surprisingly good”. Shad are in the main Umpqua now in good numbers and Chinook catches are fair.

I will be up in Canada at Winter Harbour next week for a rescheduled male bonding fishing trip, so I’ll be too busy catching Chinook, halibut and bottom fish to get out next week’s report. Wish me luck.

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

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The Guides Forecast
Portland/Metro Fishing Update – Following the last high water, anglers are now back on the Willamette, with several more weeks of good spring Chinook action expected. Anglers will be targeting the lower and upper reaches of the Willamette, both likely to produce good catches over the weekend.

Shad fishing remains excellent in Oregon City and should stay that way for several more weeks too.

The mainstem Columbia is now closed to salmon fishing, but remains open for steelhead. Steelhead catches this week tapered, but there’s more Skamania stock yet to come.

The Clackamas is in peak season right now, with more steelhead than springers being caught. It’s been a good year and water conditions are excellent for weekend anglers, but with the warm temperatures in the forecast, the splash and giggle crowd is soon to follow.

The Sandy is a better metro prospect for spring Chinook anglers. Summer steelhead catches are better than in previous years too. Same applied here however, residents will be seeking respite from hot weather over the weekend.

Check out the upcoming stocking schedule HERE.

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

North Coast Fishing Update – The south of Cape Falcon ocean fishery for coho (and Chinook) is off to a great start. Coho catches were excellent north of Garibaldi although winds has hampered success as of late. Chinook catches are still robust, but the focus will be on the easy-to-catch coho that should be in abundance for the next several months. Catches weren’t as productive out of Newport for a change.

Nearshore halibut has been fair to good out of Pacific City, fair out of Garibaldi. Rockfish action remains excellent. Lingcod are falling fairly easily too.

Spring Chinook is still a strong option although many have blown through north coast estuaries and are now staging in the Trask and Nestucca systems. Be cognizant of the anti-snagging rules if you fish close to the hatcheries on the Trask and Three Rivers systems.

Summer steelhead are available on the Nestucca, Wilson, Three Rivers and Siletz systems. It’s peak season now, but waters are dropping and clearing so stealth strategies are recommended.

Sea run cutthroat should be abundant in most north coast systems for those wishing for a challenge. There are quality fish around however; these are a great gateway drug into larger species of our PNW gamefish. It worked for me!

See the full report and forecast for Members right here.

Central Oregon Fishing Update – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Lower Deschutes River:

The Lower Deschutes is steady near the dam, with flows of 3940 CFS in Madras and dropping near the mouth, with flows of 49800 CFS at Moody. Water access is good.

Temperatures on the lower portions of the river are in the 54 to 56 range at Madras and 62 to 68 degree range near Moody.

Middle Deschutes River: Flows are back to normal. There is a mix of PEDs, PMDs, and some caddis on the river from Bend to Steelhead Falls.

Upper Deschutes River: The upper Deschutes is now open with increasingly better reports of quality fish through the upper D from Little Lava to Crane Prairie.

Better and better dry fly opportunities.

Haystack Reservoir: No recent reports. Was stocked earlier in the year and dropping now.

Lake Billy Chinook: No new end of June reports. The earlier reports from LBC is that kokes have been scattered, and down deep. Effective colors include purple, pink, orange and brass.

Some anglers are reporting the start of smallmouth activity.

Crooked River: The Crooked River is fishing well. It is kind of low, with flows in and around 100 CFS.

PMDs, BWOs, midges and caddis are all active right now. Reports are that the smaller trout are taking flies on top, and the larger trout are being caught with nymphs.

North and South Twin Lakes: North and South Twin Lakes were stocked with 2500 legal size trout in each lake during April, again early in May and late in May. Scheduled to be stocked again during the week of June 27th.

South Twin continues going strong, with leeches and damsel flies all working.

Jeff Perin says that North Twin has some big fish, going for olive balanced leeches or stripped olive wooly buggers.

Crescent Lake: Crescent is low, but we have reports of good fishing for lake trout at Crescent over the past week. Josh Pardee reports good fishing for Mackinaw and kokes.

Some anglers have been catching big browns again on Wickiup.

Lava Lake/Little Lava Lake: Both Lava and Little Lava have been stocked this past week. These lakes should start improving now. Look for the callibaetis hatches with the coming warm weather.

However, there are early reports of some slow fishing from Lava Lake, with no other reports in yet. Checking in with some regular Cascade Lakes anglers who have been at other nearby lakes.

Three Creek Lake: Three Creek Lake is now open and accessible. Early reports are good, and the lake is due to be stocked next week with 4000 legal trout and 200 trophy trout.

Paulina Lake: Paulina Lake has been fishing well. Fly fishers using chironomids and mayfly nymphs are into fish.

North Central Oregon/Mid-Columbia Waters:

This week’s report from Gorge Outfitters Supply (541-739-2222) in Rufus, is that walleye fishing is super hot right now, especially very early in the morning. Worm harnesses and bottom walkers are all working well, with pink being the hot color. Anything shiny and bright is preferred this week.

Bass fishing has been great – many bass are being taken on night crawlers or grubs.

Shad fishing is also hot – lots of anglers are now picking up shad. Shad killers in blue or chartreuse are working great.

Bass fishing has just okay, heavily effected this past week from a muddier John Day.

No real walleye reports – anglers have been off the water.

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 Update Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

Summer has come in with high temperatures and good options for your fishing pleasure! There’s lots of stocked trout in many of the lakes and ponds with Lost creek

and Applegate among my favorites around Medford area. Coastal lakes and streams have plenty of fish that have been stocked earlier this year and typically don’t get too much pressure.

Coho Salmon season out of Brookings opened up with good numbers of fish being caught when the winds cooperated and appears to be a good year so far. Chinook salmon opens this Saturday and is expected to be good as well but might be a bit wind choppy.

Bottom fishing is still excellent from Brookings on up to Winchester bay!

Spring Chinook on the lower Rogue is dwindling as the fall run is just starting to show as more and more boaters are working the bay now and should progress. The Upper Rogue is seeing some Springer action as well as some summer run steelhead. Good steady flow of 3000+ cfs has kept the water flow good and cool for these fish to get up to their spawning grounds. The salmon fly hatch is also under way and fly fishers are having a good time.

The warm and soon to be HOT weather with usually taper the trout bite but enhance the bass and pan fish bite so don’t forget the small ponds to take the kids out for a fun time.

I just came back from a “trip of a lifetime” with some fishing buddy’s up in a remote area of Vancouver Island BC……. it was amazing and my 3 freezers are completely full! I’ll try and do a pictorial story in next week’s report.

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

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The Guides Forecast
Portland/Metro Fishing Report – Willamette River anglers witnessed a better week than the previous few, with fair to good catches in the lower Multnomah Channel and Oregon City reaches. Catches should start to slow, but trollers can expect another good week in both of the previously mentioned river reaches with trollers working flashers and spinners or Spinfish likely to score the best results.

Shad fishing is still going strong at Oregon City and will remain that way for a few more weeks.

The Columbia re-opens for summer Chinook and now sockeye too. Both returns have surpassed biologists expectations, affording sport anglers the additional opportunity. Anglers are reminded that even though sockeye are excellent eating, they are small in stature, often only 3 to 4 pounds and DO count as adults on your harvest card. If you’re a sockeye enthusiast, be cognizant that you may want to save some space for what’s likely to be a robust fall Chinook return if our later returning fish make a surprise showing like our spring and summer Chinook have this year. The season for summer Chinook runs through the 13th of July. Check the press release HERE.

The Clackamas River, despite being in good shape, is producing poorly for spring Chinook and fair-at-best for summer steelhead. It remains a disappointment, but summer steelhead are still making a stronger showing than we’ve seen in recent years.

Sandy River Fishing Report – Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports from the Sandy River – What week of weather we had, going from the mid 60’s to jumping up to 100 degrees and the swimmers came out in force. The current condition of the river is that the river is on slow drop and glacial melt is accruing and the river is off color green. The next couple of days the river should clear because of cooler temperatures.

The lower river is still backed up due to the Columbia running at or near flood stage due to release of water from the upper river. Fishing has been good in the lower river trolling spinners and other assorted items. There have been some decent size springers caught and some pushing the low 20’s with most weighing in around 12 to 15lbs.

Check out the upcoming stocking schedule HERE.

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

North Coast Fishing Report – It’s a good time of year to be on the Oregon coast, especially fishing conditions permit offshore excursions. Between inland spring Chinook, ocean coho and Chinook, halibut, crab and bottomfish, most days, anglers don’t know which way to turn.

Starting with spring Chinook, anglers are in peak freshwater season still but action will start to taper in the coming weeks. Most of the spring Chinook are in freshwater now with the Trask and Nestucca being the two best north coast options.

The lower Nestucca has also been consistent for anglers in the know. Driftboaters working the water downstream of Three Rivers continue to find tide fish.

Those seeking summer steelhead have the Wilson, Nestucca and the Siletz as options. Each river is experiencing a better return when compared to the previous few years but anglers are still finding challenging conditions.

And following up on my favorite gateway drug, sea-run cutthroat remain a strong option for bank anglers in the tidewater reaches of all North Coast systems as well as rocky shorelines in the estuaries. There are some quality fish around with few anglers in pursuit.

Shifting to saltwater, when conditions allow, catches have been good. Anglers this previous week however did witness tapered success from previous weeks. The south wind influence from the last couple of days likely won’t help matters. The ocean was too rough on Monday and Tuesday but a few boats did venture out.

Additional halibut days were added to the spring all-depth fishery starting July 7th, Thursdays through Saturdays. Ninety-seven percent of the nearshore quota remains, a 7 day/week season.

The deep-reef bottomfish fishery closes July 1, but cabezon retention opens up for a while. Nearshore bottomfishing action remains good but lingcod have become challenging.

Lower Columbia River sturgeon fishing is excellent for oversized fish right now. Fish the shallow water for best success, using sand shrimp for bait.

See the full report and forecast for Members right here.

Central Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Lower Deschutes River:

The Lower Deschutes is steady near the dam, with flows of 3940 CFS in Madras and dropping near the mouth, with flows of 49800 CFS at Moody. Water access is good.

Temperatures on the lower portions of the river are in the 54 to 56 range at Madras and 62 to 68 degree range near Moody.

Middle Deschutes River: Flows are back to normal. There is a mix of PEDs, PMDs, and some caddis on the river from Bend to Steelhead Falls.

Upper Deschutes River: The upper Deschutes is now open with increasingly better reports of quality fish through the upper D from Little Lava to Crane Prairie.

Better and better dry fly opportunities.

Haystack Reservoir: No recent reports. Was stocked earlier in the year and dropping now.

Lake Billy Chinook: No new end of June reports. The earlier reports from LBC is that kokes have been scattered, and down deep. Effective colors include purple, pink, orange and brass.

Some anglers are reporting the start of smallmouth activity.

Crooked River: The Crooked River is fishing well. It is kind of low, with flows in and around 100 CFS.

PMDs, BWOs, midges and caddis are all active right now. Reports are that the smaller trout are taking flies on top, and the larger trout are being caught with nymphs.

North and South Twin Lakes: North and South Twin Lakes were stocked with 2500 legal size trout in each lake during April, again early in May and late in May. Scheduled to be stocked again during the week of June 27th.

South Twin continues going strong, with leeches and damsel flies all working.

Jeff Perin says that North Twin has some big fish, going for olive balanced leeches or stripped olive wooly buggers.

Crescent Lake: Crescent is low, but we have reports of good fishing for lake trout at Crescent over the past week. Josh Pardee reports good fishing for Mackinaw and kokes.

Some anglers have been catching big browns again on Wickiup.

North Central Oregon/Mid-Columbia Waters:

This week’s report from Gorge Outfitters Supply (541-739-2222) in Rufus, is that walleye fishing is super hot right now, especially very early in the morning. Worm harnesses and bottom walkers are all working well, with pink being the hot color. Anything shiny and bright is preferred this week.

Bass fishing has been great – many bass are being taken on night crawlers or grubs.

Shad fishing is also hot – lots of anglers are now picking up shad. Shad killers in blue or chartreuse are working great.

Bass fishing has just okay, heavily effected this past week from a muddier John Day.

No real walleye reports – anglers have been off the water.

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:

Summer has come in with high temperatures and good options for your fishing pleasure! There’s lots of stocked trout in many of the lakes and ponds with Lost creek

and Applegate among my favorites around Medford area. Coastal lakes and streams have plenty of fish that have been stocked earlier this year and typically don’t get too much pressure.

Coho Salmon season out of Brookings opened up with good numbers of fish being caught when the winds cooperated and appears to be a good year so far. Chinook salmon opens this Saturday and is expected to be good as well but might be a bit wind choppy.

Bottom fishing is still excellent from Brookings on up to Winchester bay!

Spring Chinook on the lower Rogue is dwindling as the fall run is just starting to show as more and more boaters are working the bay now and should progress. The Upper Rogue is seeing some Springer action as well as some summer run steelhead. Good steady flow of 3000+ cfs has kept the water flow good and cool for these fish to get up to their spawning grounds. The salmon fly hatch is also under way and fly fishers are having a good time.

The warm and soon to be HOT weather with usually taper the trout bite but enhance the bass and pan fish bite so don’t forget the small ponds to take the kids out for a fun time.

I just came back from a “trip of a lifetime” with some fishing buddy’s up in a remote area of Vancouver Island BC……. it was amazing and my 3 freezers are completely full! I’ll try and do a pictorial story in next week’s report.

Jeff’s detailed report, multiple lake updates, and forecast in this week’s version for Members!
 
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The Guides Forecast
Portland/Metro Fishing Report – The Willamette fishery is still going but will fade fast after this week. Anglers are still focusing on the extreme lower reaches of the Multnomah Channel, the head of the channel and the puddle just upstream of the West Linn Bridge near Willamette Falls. It’s Pro Troll and spinner or Spinfish time, early morning is best.

Shad fishing is still excellent in the Oregon City area and should remain that way for another week or two.

Summer steelhead numbers are over 3X stronger this year than last, passing over Willamette Falls. That makes the Santiam and McKenzie systems more attractive than in previous years.

Sandy River Fishing Report – Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports that last week was productive depending on where you were fishing. I floated the river on Friday and saw a couple of fish caught at the boat ramp at Oxbow. The springers were cookie cutters, all about 10 to 12 lbs. and all on spinners. Saw fish in most holding water and we had one good take down on bait and lost it a minute into the fight. Cedar Creek has fish and jigs and beads were productive and as you head downriver, spinners were the ticket.

The Clackamas continues to disappoint for spring Chinook and remains slow for summer steelhead although a few are around.

Check out the upcoming stocking schedule HERE.

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

North Coast Fishing Report – Ocean salmon season is well underway and coho catches are good from Newport to Astoria. The coho are still somewhat small in stature, but often put on weight swiftly this time of year. Chinook catches have tapered, but some ports are still reporting fair catches, but in sporadic fashion.

Spring Chinook action is winding up on the Tillamook and Nestucca systems, but catchable numbers are still around. Most anglers are switching to saltwater for their salmon fix, but summer steelhead season is off to a good start on the Wilson and Siletz systems, with the Nestucca and Three Rivers also an option.

Don’t overlook sea-run cutthroat trout in nearly any north coast system. There should be fair to good numbers on most north coast systems, primarily in the tidewater reaches as well as the estuaries.

Nearshore halibut catches picked up out of Garibaldi and Newport last week. There remains just one more opener for the all-depth option before the summer season kicks off in early August, July 7 – 9. The commercial deep-water halibut fleet didn’t impress many last week.

Sturgeon fishing is excellent in the lower Columbia, but tides aren’t great for waning numbers of summer Chinook or growing numbers of summer steelhead this week.

Ocean crabs are nearing the molt, but plenty of hard-shelled keepers can still be found.

See the full report and forecast for Members right here.

Central Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

ODFW News – Angling Restrictions

Deschutes River: ODFW announced, “With another low run of summer steelhead forecast, angling closures for steelhead, bass and salmon will be in effect for parts of the Deschutes River this summer starting as early as June 1.

The closures are in keeping with the Deschutes River steelhead fishery framework that fishery managers presented earlier this year due to continued low forecasts for Threatened summer steelhead runs to areas upriver of Bonneville Dam in the Columbia and Snake River Basins.

Last year’s upriver steelhead run to Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River was the lowest since records began in 1938, resulting in the first steelhead fishing closure on the Deschutes since 1978. Encounter rates from sport anglers that catch and release wild summer steelhead are typically high in mid-Columbia tributaries like the Deschutes, where fish stage before migrating to spawning areas throughout the Deschutes and Columbia Basin.

Pre-season forecasts for 2022 are similar to last year’s returns, so closures are necessary in these mixed stock fisheries even though anglers may be targeting hatchery steelhead.”

The good news amongst the bad is that the trout fishery will remain open.

At the time of this writing on 7/7, there have been 5,705 unclipped steelhead over Bonneville, raising some hope that we may surpass the 9,900 minimum required by July 31 to reopen the Deschutes to steelhead. I won’t go so far as to speculate on whether we will approach the 23,100 fish needed to reopen steelhead on the Deschutes for the entire season. Stay tuned!

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 weather is finally heating up (again) after putting a damper for anglers with numerous weekend rains, but there’s still plenty of fishing going on. The ocean salmon season has been very good so far for both coho and Chinook as well as bottom fish out of most all SW Oregon ports.

Bass anglers are happy since the late Spring like weather is turning into Summer and warming up the water in various ponds and lakes spurring on a bite such as Eel, Empire, Tenmile lakes and the Coquille.

Chinook anglers are picking up a few in the Rogue Bay as well as the upper Rogue above Shady cove. The Summer steelhead action is still a bit slow, but should improve with the continued flow of around 3000 cfs at Grants Pass.

Winchester bay has been producing some nice Chinook and good crabbing

Surf perch action is still good on lots of the deeper indents on the beaches and the South jetty in Brookings and up by Winchester bay.

Cutthroat trout are in both the Elk (upper) and Winchuck rivers near Brookings. RV’ers and campers over at the coast should try for these with worms and spinners for a great trout meal.

Good to excellent trout fishing is still happening at Lost Creek, Diamond, Galesville, Applegate, and Lemolo lakes. Left over and recently stocked fish abound!

Best bets for the weekend since it’s supposed to be hot in the Rogue valley would be to hit the lakes (as mentioned above), head to the coast for some great bottom fish and salmon action and maybe try for some cutthroat, head up above Lost Creek dam where plenty of trout have been planted, or even the Umpqua hike in lakes which also have lots of trout in them.

Be safe, be nice and enjoy!

Jeff’s detailed report, multiple lake updates, and forecast in this week’s version for Members!
 
The Guides Forecast
North Coast – Coho fishing is only improving by the week. All central and north coast ports are producing consistent catches and action should remain excellent if the coho prediction is accurate.

Photo: Pro guide Rob Gerlitz (503-812-4950) has been finding the halibut out of Garibaldi. Nearshore catches have been pretty consistent. Give him a call and get your ‘butt today!

Portland/Metro Fishing Report – With summer Chinook and sockeye numbers tapering at Bonneville, so slows the action. Recent run-size updates however are keeping anglers happy, especially with all the favorable weather. The Bonneville reach remains the best place to intercept a quality Chinook and beach plunkers downstream of Portland (Sauvies Island) stand a chance at a quality summer steelhead or sockeye with the strong minus tide series we’re currently under.

The Willamette is still putting out spring Chinook, especially for anglers fishing the head of the Multnomah Channel. Action on spinners and flashers remains fair at first light, but this fishery is fading fast.

A few shad remain around Oregon City, but other watersports are taking over this area of the Willamette.

Check out the upcoming stocking schedule HERE.

Sandy River anglers are still in good shape for early morning spring Chinook and summer steelhead. The upper reaches, Oxbow Park and above, hold the most promise for bank anglers. Driftboaters downstream of Oxbow are still coming across a few too.

The Clackamas has good numbers of summer steelhead available, but the majority of spring Chinook are wild, requiring release. Early mornings remain best for bank anglers working the upper reaches, action should stay good for the next several weeks.

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


Coho Fishing – John Strohecker of Portland with a quality ocean coho from Garibaldi (7/29/18)
North Coast Fishing Report – Coho fishing is only improving by the week. All central and north coast ports are producing consistent catches and action should remain excellent if the coho prediction is accurate. After a few days of a rough ocean, the weekend weather looks excellent for ocean fishing. The minus tide series may rough up the bar however so check BAR CONDITIONS before exiting the port.

Anglers fishing out of Astoria got a reality check when the nearshore Chinook fishery got stripped away starting on Saturday. Chinook catches have been good along the Long Beach Peninsula, prompting the emergency closure to ensure the coho fishery remains open and viable. It was a good run while it lasted.

Nearshore halibut is becoming more consistent, but managers liberalized the all-depth even more, keeping the fishery open every Thursday – Saturday through the end of this month. Catches are fair in the all-depth and better than fair in the nearshore, at least out of Garibaldi and Newport.

Bottomfishing remains good, but lingcod are a bit harder to find during the dog-days of summer.

Ocean crabbing remains good, but more softshells are showing in the catches.

Razor clam digging is CLOSED from Tillamook Head north to the mouth of the Columbia, there will likely be a bunch of tickets written tomorrow (Friday). Don’t be that guy…

Spring Chinook fishing is largely over along the north coast. It was one of the better seasons in recent history (but it wasn’t a high benchmark in recent years). Summer steelhead action on the Wilson, Siletz and Nestucca/Three Rivers remains fair to good.

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:

Seasonal weather and temperatures look to be with us through the weekend, with another warmup during next week with much of the region going into the low to high 90s. Friday through Sunday will top out in the low to mid-80s through Sunday for much of the region, with a spike into the low to high 90s beginning next Monday and through much of the week. Sunny skies will dominate the region.

Weekend temperatures in the Lower Deschutes canyon will be in the high 80s, and high 90s or 100 next week.

Temperatures at the Cascade lakes will top out in the 80s through the weekend, and high 80s and low 90s next week.

ODFW News – Angling Restrictions

Deschutes River: ODFW announced, “With another low run of summer steelhead forecast, angling closures for steelhead, bass and salmon will be in effect for parts of the Deschutes River this summer starting as early as June 1.

The closures are in keeping with the Deschutes River steelhead fishery framework that fishery managers presented earlier this year due to continued low forecasts for Threatened summer steelhead runs to areas upriver of Bonneville Dam in the Columbia and Snake River Basins.

Last year’s upriver steelhead run to Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River was the lowest since records began in 1938, resulting in the first steelhead fishing closure on the Deschutes since 1978. Encounter rates from sport anglers that catch and release wild summer steelhead are typically high in mid-Columbia tributaries like the Deschutes, where fish stage before migrating to spawning areas throughout the Deschutes and Columbia Basin.

Pre-season forecasts for 2022 are similar to last year’s returns, so closures are necessary in these mixed stock fisheries even though anglers may be targeting hatchery steelhead.”

The good news amongst the bad is that the trout fishery will remain open.

Lower Deschutes River:

The Lower Deschutes is steady near the dam, with flows of 3760 CFS in Madras and 4530 CFS at Moody. Water access is good.

Temperatures on the lower portions of the river are in the 57 to 59 range at Madras and 66 to 71 degree range near Moody.

There is consistent dry fly-topwater action on the Deschutes with PMDs, PEDs and caddis in quiet back eddies and during the “evening bites”. Caddis hatches have been getting better and better.

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:

Summer weather is here with temps into the 100’s in the Rogue Valley as of late. Don’t be fooled that just because it’s hot, the fishing action has cooled!

Lake and pond fishing for stocked trout is still very good at most coastal lakes and the bass have been biting on the Eel, Empire, Tenmile lakes and the Coquille.

Trout fishing still remains great at Applegate, Lost Creek, Galesville, Hemlock, Lake of the Woods and above Lost creek dam. It’s a god reprieve from hotter valley temps.

Spring Chinook action on the upper Rogue has been decent as most of the run has made it up and the river flows have diminished into the mid 1700’s at a result. Maybe another week or two for this better than average run before the quality goes “dark”.

The lower Rogue (bay) saw “best so far” catches of Fall Chinook on Monday with 35 confirmed fish caught!

Summer steelhead throughout the Rogue system are being caught in better numbers now that the flow has decreased. Fly anglers have been doing good up past Shady Cove as well as on the mid section around Ennis Riffle. Side drifting worms and small bits of roe are producing as well.

Ocean salmon fishing for both coho and Chinook is in full swing from Brooking- Harbor on up to Winchester Bay reports Andy Martin of Brookings Charters. The coho are getting bigger by the week (3-5 pound range) and Chinook ranging from 5-20 pounders. Besides salmon, the bottom fishing remains great for rock fish, ling cod, and halibut. Winchester Bay crabbing is going good as well.

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

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