Portland metro fishing report

The Guides Forecast

After a long period of high water, the Willamette will come back into shape for steelhead plunkers and the most excitable of spring Chinook anglers. Spring Chinook will be a very long shot for the few that will be trying, but plunkers targeting winter steelhead at Meldrum Bar or the lower Clackamas or Sandy Rivers certainly stand a chance at a quality hatchery fish. Wild fish will be present too.

Sturgeon fishing on the mainstem Columbia, upstream of Bonneville Dam, remains open. Anglers are struggling for keepers more so this year, than last. Anglers just need the weather to cooperate, which may not happen until next week.

Clackamas River anglers have only recently been able to fish the river, and it has been high, even under these better conditions. Like the Sandy, the Clackamas should see a slight rise when temperatures continue to rise and low-level snow continues to melt.

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “Hello All. This last week we saw the Sandy take a huge jump and is currently down to 10.67 ft . Over the next couple of days, the freezing level is going to climb to almost ten thousand feet which will cause the low-lying snow to melt which will cause the river to climb almost to 12ft. There is a wire that came down and is in the river which can be a hazard for power boats and drift boats. The wire is just below the old Tippy Canoe restaurant where the power lines cross the river. Not sure if they had it removed but just in case it wasn’t, just giving a heads up.”

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The Guides Forecast
The Willamette is finally shaping up to produce some steelhead, maybe even the season's first spring Chinook as flows drop and water clarity improves. This should be a fair weekend for those that are willing to try.

Sturgeon fishing should improve as well, but remains catch and release for the foreseeable future.

The Willamette's first sport caught spring Chinook is not far off, certainly by early February.

The season's first spring Chinook has bypassed Bonneville Dam but we're still months away from any type of productive fishery.

Hatchery winter steelhead should be making their way to the Clackamas River, where Meldrum Bar anglers will have a shot at them prior to entry into the Clackamas. It's been a fair season to date and numbers at Willamette Falls are climbing, it looks like the 2022 return will easily out-pace last year's adult return.

The Clackamas itself is faring better this year than the last few. Broodstock collection is ahead of last year and anglers had a fair week under improving conditions. It'll only get better from here, and after a brief spike, river conditions will improve by Sunday and well into next week.

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, ""Hello All. Well, there was some fair to good action this last week depending on who you talk to. The lower river below Dabney was packed with bank guys and sleds and drift boats. Side drifting and bobber doggin' has been productive using beads and yarnies with eggs. Bobber and jigs with shrimp were just as productive. The river was on the drop and smaller presentations were the ticket for getting fish to bite."

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