- May 20, 2009
- West Linn, OR
Okay, so today I went out and tried to fish for Salmon and Steelhead on the upper Willamette since the lower is already closed. I put in at Willamette Park in West Linn and tried bouncing prawns at the mouth of the Tualatin river (20-35 feet deep), and just below Hebb Park 200 yards at the bend (20-40 feet). We got 2 squafish and that was it in 5 hours. We only saw one other boat fishing for salmon who was using downriggers and spinners and has logged 60 hours without fish. Am I wasting my time trying to find a place between West Linn and Wilsonville to bounce prawns for salmon and steelhead? The fish counts over the falls were over 3000 for the past two days, so there has to be fish there somewhere. Any help or advice you could offer me would be much apprecaited. I have caught 5 salmon this year on the lower Willamette in Lake Oswego bouncing prawns in 6 trips, so I feel like I sort of know what I'm doing in the lower river. Why does it seem nobody fishes the upper Willamette for Salmon?