Portland/metro fishing report

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In a week that was supposed to be improving for spring Chinook catches, the catch rates actually dropped slightly from the previous week. Effort dropped too as anglers may be experiencing a bit of spring Chinook burn-out from this under-performing fishery. Oregon City seemed to have especially slowed down this week. Maybe there’s too many shad getting in the way? Maybe not. Passage at Willamette Falls is on the rise, it often coincides with 58°+ warming water trends.

Anglers should be reminded of the May 1st sturgeon sanctuary that goes into effect from the Milwaukie RRX Bridge to Willamette Falls. It’s spawning time for these fish and with the Stellar Sea Lion removal process underway, let’s hope they get to spawn in peace for a change. HERE is the running total for both California and Stellar Sea lions in the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Nineteen sea lions (11 Stellars and 8 Californians) have been removed since the new authorization of August last year.

And I don’t think it would matter if there were sea lions in the Sandy or Clackamas Rivers. There’s no salmon or steelhead to consume there anyway. Well, there are some springers and summer steelhead in the Sandy. Be sure to read Jeff Stoeger’s report this week. There is life in them thar waters!

Trout should continue to be a good option under this weather regime. It’s a great time and fishery to introduce new recruits to.
 

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