The Guides Forecast
- Sep 17, 2020
With Chinook slow to show at Bonneville, anglers are getting anxious to get the upper river fishery underway. It’ll be another 3 weeks before anglers can justify an effort in the Portland/Metro area, but that won’t stop motivated anglers from trying. The best action remains at the coast.
Clackamas River Fishing ReportSummer steelhead remain an option, especially with the cooling trend this week. And not just the fish will enjoy the temperature change. Fish up high, around McIver Park for your best chance at a summer steelhead.
The Clackamas River HGMP just got approved for Clackamas River spring Chinook, help is on the way for an improved broodstock for this system. Most are confident it will revive the hatchery returns on this river.
Sandy River Fishing ReportAvid angler Jeff Stoeger reports on the Sandy River – There are still fish to be had but they are near the end of the run. There are steelhead and few salmon still available in the upper river from Oxbow to cedar creek.
One bright spot is the mouth of the Sandy where fall salmon and coho swim by the mouth of the Sandy and with the water temp cooler than the Columbia. These fish will hang out and stage there before they either head up the Sandy or continue up the Columbia.
Detroit Reservoir: Update on Detroit Lake Ramps and Parking: The low water ramp is in use at Detroit Reservoir. Parking is only allowed at the main parking lot. This is to free up space at the only ramps that are usable, and allow more boaters access and egress.
Green Peter Reservoir: Continues to be good for kokes in mid-August. Catches of kokanee being reported – trolling with downriggers in depths in and around 40 feet. Pinks, copper, gold and silver flash colors were working in July, and there are no changes to the effective colors as of today. One angler report, “anything with corn on it” is working.
Willamette River – From Harrisburg, to Corvallis, to Albany: A great option for warmwater fishing. This, along with some private farm ponds, remains one of the viable fishing alternatives in the upper portions of the Willamette system. Evening fishing for smallmouths, especially in the slow water sloughs. Flyfishing with leech patterns and top waters is especially good. Lures including all kinds of topwaters, Rebels, Rapalas are fishing great in the evening just before sunset. Sloughs just downstream of Harrisburg are filled with smallmouth bass.
McKenzie River: The mainstem McKenzie has been stocked during July. The McKenzie temperatures vary from an okay 56 degrees in the morning to 62 degrees in the afternoon. Fish during the mornings!
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