Walleye in Willamette above the falls?

ProfessorWit

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Hello,
Just got a new pontoon boat and I'm looking for any advice on where those elusive walleye hide out above the Willamette Falls Dam. I know they are downstream but I prefer this great tasting fish with a little less of the added "Portland Willamette River Spice." The Columbia maybe on a nice day but I really would like to explore and document walleye in this stretch of river.
 

igquick

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We have caught walleye in 20 feet, to 90 feet of water; not sure if luck, but obviously walleye are in the deeper waters. We were using small jigs, and sometimes worms
 

bass

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I think walleye are pretty rare in the upper Willamette. I believe I have read that folks catch them below Dexter so they must be spread throughout the system but I don't think they exist in numbers - or if they do it is the best keep secret in Oregon.

In the Multnomah Channel I have caught some trolling in 20-30' of water with a worm harness. I have read that a lot of folks like to target them in 12-20' but I have never tried that. They are more active in low light conditions but are catchable at any time. On the Columbia they commonly troll reefs that are in ~20' of water or so.

IGQ, catching them in 90' sounds wild. I catch sturgeon in super deep water but I have never tried to fish those depths for other species.
 

ProfessorWit

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I think walleye are pretty rare in the upper Willamette. I believe I have read that folks catch them below Dexter so they must be spread throughout the system but I don't think they exist in numbers - or if they do it is the best keep secret in Oregon.

In the Multnomah Channel I have caught some trolling in 20-30' of water with a worm harness. I have read that a lot of folks like to target them in 12-20' but I have never tried that. They are more active in low light conditions but are catchable at any time. On the Columbia they commonly troll reefs that are in ~20' of water or so.

IGQ, catching them in 90' sounds wild. I catch sturgeon in super deep water but I have never tried to fish those depths for other species.
Do you think they are safe to eat from Multnomah Channel? I've fished for sturgeon there years ago.
 

bass

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You can google and search for the warnings. I don't know what they are off the top of my head but I would not eat a resident fish out of the WIillamette or Columbia.
 
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