Portland metro area fishing reports

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Portland/Metro Fishing Report – It’s still early for mainstem Columbia fall Chinook to show and with the spring Chinook fishery complete on the lower Willamette, most metro anglers are headed west for ocean and lower Columbia River fall Chinook. Until then, anglers still have a small chance for summer steelhead on the below mentioned metro river systems.

Clackamas River Fishing Report – Summer steelhead remain the target for what few motivated anglers remain on the Clackamas River. As ODF&W personnel reported last week, the summer steelhead are running large this year. I assume these are 3-salt fish, but I don’t know if summer steelhead life histories portray the same characteristics that winter steelhead do. This just in from PGE fish biologist Garth Wyatt:

“The spring Chinook return is 66.2% complete (2013-2020) resulting in a median forecast return of 2,739 (min-2,448, max- 3,358) or 109% of the 10-year average (n =2,505; 2011-2020). We observed the largest number of lamprey at the adult sorting facility (1958-present) and our second sockeye of the year. Generally speaking ~50% of the Chinook are displaying symptoms consistent with columnaris but there are fresh/clean fish coming through the facility daily.”

Sandy River Fishing Report – Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “Hello All. This week’s report has little more fish being caught with beads in size 10 and 12 mm in orange and cherry in color. Spinners and jigs tipped with shrimp are also taking an occasional fish. The river is holding around the 8ft mark and will stay that way until it rains. There were lots of people that were swimming over the weekend with warmer temps. The river has good water clarity and didn’t color up with the upper 90-degree temps as I was expecting. There were tons of tubers and rafters on the river at all the local bank access and state parks. Oxbow Park had lots of people and a few anglers trying their luck.
 
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