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The Guides Forecast

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With the mainstem Columbia closed after nearly attaining the entire allocation for sport anglers, spring Chinook anglers will now focus on the Willamette to meet the needs of the springer addicted! Theoretically, more springers should be pouring into the Multnomah Channel, Portland Harbor and eventually Oregon City, to justify more effort.

Oregon City did pick up last week but until more rain arrives, the lower channel will be the more productive stretch to troll. Bank anglers are seeing improving catches for both summer steelhead and spring Chinook along Meldrum Bar just downstream of the mouth of the Clackamas River.

Catch and release sturgeon fishing has slowed on the Willamette River. Maybe they're getting ready to take baits in the estuary, where catch and keep opportunities start in mid-May!

And speaking of the Clackamas, Bill Monroe writes about the possibility of a broodstock program here, but without it, this spring Chinook fishery is in real trouble. Late-run wild winter steelhead are present in fair numbers, with few anglers in pursuit of this catch and release opportunity. Summer steelhead should be showing soon.

The Sandy largely mimics the Clackamas in that wild winters are present, and of a nice grade. No sign of spring Chinook just yet however. Fish are well distributed throughout the system.

Trout fishing is a thing this month and ODF&W has its trout stocking schedule up and ready for study. Go HERE to see how many of Oregon's favorite sportfish are available where.
 
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