Rivers Willamette River (Middle Fork) Fishing Reports

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Dicroic and myself went up to do some fishing on the Middle Fork Willamette River this morning, we got there around sunrise.... the weather was perfect for a great day of catching overcast and rain on and OFF. We started at the confluence of the river at Hills Creek res. and worked our way up stream, what a great choice.

The water was clean, clear and running strong, the river is closed to bait so we brought along a plethora of our favorite lures, spinners, spoons and some home experimental stuff. We both had a banner morning, started OFF with a double slam and it just got better. We didn't see another angler all day, had the river to ourselves along with a Bald Eagle and it seemed like a half dozen Osprey. They didn't appreciate us intruding on there fishing grounds, I must admit we kicked there butts.

We did have the advantage of being able to catch the hoggs laying on the bottom, these fish were just gorgeous, the colors on these fish were just amazing, most of the fish were natives and very fat. The lure of choice was pretty much what ever you decided to toss out there, from gold spoons to home made spinners. At one point we were both laughing and giggling like a couple of ten year olds, we just could't believe our luck, one fatty after another. The area would start to dye of and we would move up stream about twenty yards and it would start all over again.

I feel like I had been lifting weights all day, my arms were all most numb, at one point Dicroic was laying on this big old rock casting, his legs had just giving out. It's days like these that keep you coming back to experiment with your home made stuff. All and all a great day of catching, and releasing wonderful native fish, and the best thing is they are still there for another day. Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment....... Thanks Scott for doing all the driving, what a treat.

Chuck

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Well I just couldn't stand it I had to return to the Willy.....what a place. This time we made it there a bit to early, had to wait to launch the boat - not enough light..The weather was perfect again, clouds and the threat of rain - but not a drop. A slight breeze to break the surface and the water temp. was in the mid 60's just what the Trout love. The place just seem to be alive with wild life, Eagles, Osprey, oh and a couple of Gulls. It never ceases to amaze me how far inland those birds live and prosper, competing with the local wild life. Very cool day, here are a few pictures of the place and some fish.

Chuck

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I just couldn't help myself, this place is just to amazing.....we had a ball. I really don't have any idea how many fish we boated.....we had at least 3 double slams with hogs. The weather is turning on us, today there wasn't a cloud to be found, and the wind was gusting at at least 25 mph....my thurty pound anchor wouldn't even hold us, so we drifted and pitched lures most of the morning and then went to bobber fishing, funny how those garden hackles produce fish even in the wind.

The water temp. was 73 degrees when we launched the boat at 5:45am and was a very cold 50 degrees in the back. A great day on the water with a old fishing friend, I must admit he kicked my butt all over the place. He must have been holding his mouth right.. Here are a few pictures from the early morning before the wind came up, no way could you hold the camera still in the afternoon. Hope you enjoy them.

Chuck

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Weds. morning on the Middle Fork Willamette River. What a beautiful morning, cloud cover until 10 am and a cool breeze.... Wonderful way to start the day. Took a friend from Washington and what a day he had.... Those gold spoons, what can I say. I should buy stock in the company, heck the company should give me the lures for free for all the advertising I give them.

The water temp. was 72 degrees at the ramp and 56 degrees in the back, perfect for the fat Trout that live there. The Osprey had just about as good of day of fishing as we did, seemed like every time we looked up they were flying OFF with another nice fish, I'm not sure but it looked like they were catching and keeping native fish, thats against the law ;), where is the game warden when you need one. A great day on the water, no bank anglers and just two other boats. Nice to have such a large area to fish in, never got bothered by any one. Was like being by our selves, here are a few pictures of the day, hope you enjoy them.

Chuck

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Do you expect less boat traffic now that Clearwater is closed?
How long is the float from the dam to I-5 bridge?
 
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A buddy of mine went on Sunday and said there were lots of boats on the river around Day Island. As far as floating from the dam down to I-5, there isn't enough time in a day for that float. If you fish half assed from dam down to the bridge at Jasper 4-5 hours and that may be 1/4-1/3 of the way to I-5.:think:
 
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Drifts...

From Dexter dam to Pengra -2hrs.
From Pengra to Jasper Park - 2hrs.
From Jasper Park to Clearwater ramp -2 hrs.
From Clearwater ramp to Day Island Park -2hrs.
This being said, it all depends on how much fishing and playing you do on your drift. I have made a full day of angling from Dexter Dam to Pengra...so many fish-so little time.
The Middle Fork - a hidden Jewell for sure.

Chuck
 
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Me and FP drifted from Jasper to Alton Baker last Saturday and I think we only saw 2 boats on the water and caught a ton of fish, none of em steelies though. I was really surprised that we only saw one drift boat at the start of our float and one other boat just upstream of day island park. Can't tell you how long because we made a day of it stopping for lunch and bass fishing.
 
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wow that would take a while......maybe take ur tent and sleeping bag, that would be fun though
 
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Me and FP drifted from Jasper to Alton Baker last Saturday and I think we only saw 2 boats on the water and caught a ton of fish, none of em steelies though. I was really surprised that we only saw one drift boat at the start of our float and one other boat just upstream of day island park. Can't tell you how long because we made a day of it stopping for lunch and bass fishing.

Bass, the under appreciated fish of the Middle Fork; Smallies and Large Mouth. Gotta love those back water sloughs.

Chuck
 
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Bass, the under appreciated fish of the Middle Fork; Smallies and Large Mouth. Gotta love those back water sloughs.

Chuck

Actually, we stopped at some ponds along the way. BTW, we can't fish Wildish without a permit and in order to get a permit you have to be a Wildish employee.:( But, I knew about another small pond open to the public and FP lost about a three pounder right at the bank.
 
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Salmon and steelhead are on the way, so boat traffic will be up, big time.
 
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Does anyone know of any shuttle services for this stretch of the river.
 
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Check with the Jasper Store. They might have one there that would do ya right.
 
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So ahh, guess I haven't been paying much attention at what's been going on around me but they closed clearwater? Why? That's a great spot that I've been going too since I was a kid, that sucks if its closed.
 
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My Buddy and I are going to float the Middle Fork for the first time tomorrow in our pontoons. We plan to go from Dexter Dam to Jasper. A couple of questions though. First, which side of the dam do we put in. I've heard to use the the northeast side which is apparently near the hatchery. And then of course, where in Jasper do we take out? At Jasper State Park on the southwest side of the river? Any other comments or info would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Ken
 
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Upper Middle Fork

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Ken,
I launch from the hatchery side, just below the hatchery. I would recommend the Jasper bridge as a take out spot,just down stream from Jasper Park.
Be very cautious on the section of river you have chosen, it can be rather temperamental at times. Pick your line and chose your drift around the Islands carefully, now that being said. This is my favorite float of the entire Middle Fork, tons of holding water for the resident Trout, Salmon, Steelhead...the list goes on. Enjoy your selves and be safe. Pictures, take your camera...you will not believe your eyes.

Chuck
 
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So ahh, guess I haven't been paying much attention at what's been going on around me but they closed clearwater? Why? That's a great spot that I've been going too since I was a kid, that sucks if its closed.

Construction work.
 
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Bass, the under appreciated fish of the Middle Fork; Smallies and Large Mouth. Gotta love those back water sloughs.

Chuck

We must speak more of these Smallies and sloughs and what not FP very very interested ! many slough shots on this run! Will await instructions there Chuck any help would be appreciated ,never fished smallies yet would love to especially if available on my hometown float !
 
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Thanks you to troutski for the great info on this awesome river...

me and lilsalmon headed out thursday to hit some new water so we camped up above hills creek reservoir,,we ended up at campers flat and had the whole river to ourselves:D:D we hit every little spot we could get to and we waded a long ways up and down the river.hitting every little bit of pcket water paid off and there a lot of nice runs on this river,,very good trout water.the second day we headed over to salmon creek for some trout fishing,,i love this creek as well,i picked up a fat rainbow there:D:D
all in all i guaraantee i will be back to this piece of water,,what a gem and excellent trout fishing,my kind of place...the fish werent really hitting dries until late late in the evening but the main flies on this trip were peacock stimulator,black stonefly nymphs,and pheasant tail nymphs...:dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance:
 

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