Portland metro fishing report

The Guides Forecast
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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