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Coho numbers are starting to build at Willamette Falls but the better fishing happens in about a month from now. Some anglers are casting spinners in hopes of willing coho at the mouth of the Clackamas River and at Meldrum Bar.

Anglers searching for a piece of the much anticipated fall Chinook run on the mainstem Columbia are finding success in the Portland/Metro area. Trollers working 360° flashers with artificial baits such as Spinfish and Brad's cut plugs as well as spinners (of course), are finding good success in what most call peak season. The Bonneville reach is producing well and will likely continue to do so well into October.


The Clackamas River - More coho are starting to show in the Clackamas, hoping for an early rain to stimulate easier migration. A significant river rise is in the immediate forecast, this will certainly inspire a run into the Clackamas, ultimately destined for Eagle Creek.


Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports on the Sandy River - "This week we could see some good coho action on the Sandy. The weather forecast is for rain starting on Friday and going all the way through Sunday. The weather service is calling for 1 to 3 inches of rain with the most taking place on Saturday.

I would have all gear and rods ready to go and hit the river. Most rivers in the metro area will see good numbers of fish and don't be surprised to see lots of people fishing the most popular places. The river is running at 7.65 ft and should jump to mid 8ft range if we get the rain forecasted. The water temperature is around 61 degrees and will drop as they are forecasting snow over the weekend which is greatly needed.

Find the full report and forecast for Chinook and Steelhead members for the Sandy and the Clackamas from this page here.


Willamette Valley Fishing Report by Glenn Zinkus

Alton Baker Canal:
Was stocked last week with 1200 legal trout, and this week again with 700 plus legal trout. This is a good option for bait fishing with the kids.


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: Green Peter Reservoir is getting low. The Thistle Creek boat ramp is accessible in the near term, and soon the reservoir will be less accessible. Catches of kokanee being reported – trolling with downriggers in depths in and around 40 feet.

South Santiam Trout: Possibilities below Foster Reservoir, but the upper South Santiam is a mere trickle above the reservoir except for the popular deep swimming hole sections. The South Santiam level above Foster will come up with the incoming rain.

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.

Clear Lake: Clear Lake water temperatures are good. Clear Lake has been fishing nicely for conventional gear. Reports of catches of hatchery trout using the usual bait fishing methods.

Find the full report and forecast for Chinook and Steelhead members for the Willamette Valley from this page here.
 

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