Portland Metro fishing report

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It’s peak season for summer Chinook and it looks like the run will come in as predicted. Catches this week should improve in most sections of the lower Columbia River.

Bonneville anglers have been dealing with fluctuating flows, but that’s nothing new. Be prepared to adapt based on water releases from the Army Corps of Engineers. Plugs and spinners should both be effective here.

Downstream, anglers fishing on anchor downstream of the Columbia River Gorge should see fair action for those using plugs from the boat, and Spin-n-Glos tipped with coon shrimp from lower Columbia River beaches.

Here’s a nice summer Chinook from Buzz Ramsey, caught on June 23rd with pro guide Bill Monroe Jr. (503-702-4028), they were fishing out of Rainier.

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Willamette River anglers are entering peak season for the harbor fishery. Decent numbers of “springers” are being caught almost daily. It remains a flasher and spinner show, but some are still falling to herring during the early morning bite.

Shad fishing remains excellent in Oregon City and should hold up for another few weeks.

The Sandy booted out some spring Chinook last week, but summer steelhead are hard to find here. The water is likely to turn silty over the weekend, with the excessive heat wave bearing down on the region.

The Clackamas remains one of the better metro opportunities for summer steelhead, certainly a surprise. Fish will get stressed this weekend, when the splash and giggle hatch ensues with the warm weather ahead.
 

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