Willamette Valley/Metro Fishing Report

The Guides Forecast
With the Willamette out of shape, metro anglers are looking to the Sandy and Clackamas to cure their cabin fever. There are some sturgeon available, but with the flows high and the water colored, it’ll be a while before any desirable fishing takes place here. Meldrum Bar may boot out an early Clackamas bound steelhead when the river clears, that but looks like it’ll be a while from now.

On the Clackamas, the coho run is largely over and with the current high water event, even passage has slowed for the late-run coho. Steelhead is on the minds of many Clackamas River anglers, but it’ll be another month before fishable numbers show.

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports from the Sandy River, “Hello All. I want to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and please be safe. The fishing report for this week was that there was some fish caught early last week with a mix of hatchery and natives. The river started to rise last Friday and then it blew up to over 18ft on Sunday and has started to slowly drop into shape. The current level will be around 11.5 ft. on Thursday and could be fishable and by the weekend, the river should drop into the upper 10’s and then jump back up over a 11ft. The temp is going to drop with the freezing level also dropping but you will have to deal with the wind.
 
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With the Willamette high and muddy, and the Columbia still months away from any hope of spring salmon, these large mainstem metro systems will go untapped this week. With the news of quick limits of sturgeon from the Bonneville and The Dalles Pools, coupled up with abrupt closures, anglers have few options, except for an outside one of a hatchery winter steelhead, likely destined for the Clackamas or Sandy River systems. It’s about time for those to start swimming by the beaches this time of year.

The Clackamas has been predictably quiet although Salmon Trout Steelheader editor Nick Amato reports hearing of a few bright winter fish coming from the system recently. Not so much in recent days, but when water conditions were more conducive to biters. It’ll be a see-saw hydrograph for the upcoming week, but anglers versed in high water tactics may want to try their luck.

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports from the Sandy River, “I hope that everyone had a great New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. I hope that everyone was able to get your 2021 license before hitting the river. The current river conditions has the river on drop for the next day or so, and then it shows a small rise then drops down to 10.5 ft. by next Monday. The river has been coming into shape, green with about foot visibility and will clear over the next four days. The water temp is running around 41 or 42 degrees and will stay that way until we get colder weather or we have a fast snow melt. There have been good numbers of fish caught in the lower river on plugs and bobber doggin. The plugs have been Mag lips 3.0 or 3.5 in various colors and beads BnR in size 10 to 14. You will see more sleds on the lower river because the river is running ideal height. Drift boats and rafts are running the upper river from Dodge Park to Dabney Park. There is some great bank access at Oxbow and upper river around the hatchery.

Don’t overlook winter trout opportunities locally, especially when we get a break in the weather and temperatures experience a slight rising, often triggering a bite. Your favorite lake may have some nice hold-over trout in it.
 
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The Guides Forecast
With the Willamette soon to come back to fishable levels, there still isn’t much to fish for on this major water body for metro anglers.

Winter steelhead however, should be present in fair numbers, waiting to pass Willamette Falls when flows subside. 426 adults have been counted so far, representing a little less than 10% of last year’s total run (around 5,500 fish). It does appear however, that early indications of returning numbers of steelhead are down from last year, but it’s too early to call.

Sturgeon fishing on the Willamette should be an option this weekend. Winter action can be pretty good from Oregon City to the Portland Harbor, especially for those that can find smelt to use for bait. Smelt have entered the mainstem Columbia so some fish will be keyed in on this. The Willamette runs a bit warmer than the Columbia this time of year, just one more reason for sturgeon to utilize this river system.

Federal and state officials are moving their trapping operations to the Willamette, in search of problematic sea lions, including Stellar Sea Lions for the first time in history. Be sure to steer clear of these operations if you see them on the river.

Clackamas River steelheaders have yet to really jump start their season, but river conditions are coming into shape now so expect more traffic over the weekend. The Clackamas is more of a February show so there are better times ahead.

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports from the Sandy River, “Hello All. I hope that everyone is doing well. This week’s report has some action taking place in the entire river. The numbers of fish haven’t been outstanding but fish are being caught. Most of the fish so far have been native fish with a few, I mean very few hatchery fish in the mix. The native fish have been nice size fish, ranging in the low to mid teens. The river will drop to about 9.5 ft over the next couple of days. If you do get out you will want to keep a eye on your guides, for the weather will be extremely cold in the morning and will likely freeze up. If your guides do freeze up the best solution is to dip into river and shake the rod and tip to keep water of guides. With the weather getting colder and depending on where your at on the river, you might find some snow. So please take precautions to protect yourself and others. Let your friends and family member know your location where your going to fish. Your cell phone battery will drain quickly with this cold weather. The water temp will get cold as the weather temp drops, so you will want to slow your presentation down and use more flash to get the fish to move to your presentation. The current water temp is about 41 degrees and fish will become lethargic as water temps drop into the upper to mid 30’s.
 
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Between the Willamette coming into fishable shape, and a strong desire to catch a January spring Chinook, a few anglers have been out in pursuit of Willamette River spring Chinook. The “Sultan of Sellwood,” coined by Oregonian’s outdoor writer Bill Monroe, has 3 trips in so far for no bites. Despite he and his crew huddled around a propane heater, he claims he’s having fun, and John Shmilenko can really be fun, even without a bite all day.

Winter steelhead have been caught from Meldrum Bar recently, but most of them are high-finners, requiring release. Hatchery fish should become more prevalent in the coming weeks, largely destined for the Clackamas River.

Winter sturgeon on the Willamette remains an option, but few are fishing for them.

The Clackamas is putting out a rare winter steelhead, but February is typically when fish show here in greater abundance. The river will remain in good standing through Saturday, until another rain freshet wipes out fishable conditions for nearly a week if hydrologic models are accurate (don’t get me started).

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports from the Sandy River, “Hello All. This week, we saw the weather turn cold and the river dropped a couple of degrees and the water is running just above 9 ft. The water is ideal and there has been fish caught in the entire river. The fish in the photo is a nice 14 lb. buck caught on a 3.0 mag lip by Bruce Netzel.


This was one of the two he caught on Tuesday, his other fish was a 12 lb. hen on a pink and white jig. He was floating from Oxbow to Dabney Park. My son, who is a spay guy, also hooked and lost a nice fish in mid-river on Saturday. I have another friend who fished Monday and he caught a nice 12 lb. native hen in the lower river on a 3.0 mag lip. The river should stay at 9 ft. for the next couple of days before the river takes a bump due to the rain that is forecasted for Monday and the river jumps to 10.85 ft.
 
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The big news in the metro area is the first spring Chinook to hit the bank at Meldrum Bar on February 1st. There were no rumors of a January salmon, but there’s little to complain about when the season’s first hits the deck, or gravel in this case. The fish weighed around 17 pounds and was caught in rising waters. Anglers shouldn’t rush out to the Willamette however, it’s high and turbid at this writing.

Still no spring Chinook reported from the mainstem Columbia, but that’s no surprise. There hasn’t been one cross Bonneville Dam yet either. It’ll be a while.

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports, “Hello All. There’s not much to talk about for the Sandy River this week. There is only a hand full of fish being caught and it depends on who you talk with. The river is running at just over 9 ft. and the forecast is for the river to take a small bump and going up to about 10 ft. The river temp is 41 degrees, which is ideal for steelhead. The river has great color and should stay that way through the weekend. The report is that there is fish moving through the river and heading straight to the hatchery.”

The fish in the photo is a nice 14 lb. buck caught on a 3.0 mag lip by Bruce Netzel.


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The Clackamas remains slow too, but we’re just coming into prime time for this river, as well as the Sandy. Low snow levels has kept water levels tame but rain this week will likely cause a bump over the weekend. There are fish to be had, but the better fishing will likely be after the upcoming high water event.
 
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With the cold snap gripping the region, catch and effort will both suffer for metro anglers this weekend. It’s not like we’re missing all that much, but some die-hards will keep after the spring Chinook on the Willamette before it blows out early next week, well, because they are springers.

There’s not much going on in the mainstem Columbia but fishery managers roped in an impressive prediction for fall coho back to the Columbia this year, maybe as many as 1.6 million fish! I know, it’s hard to have faith with predictions these days, but even if we get half of that, Katy, bar the door!d

Spring Chinook seasons are likely to be set soon. Modeling suggests we may get until April 4th on the mainstem Columbia, but it looks like we’ll get to fish downstream of St. Helens this year, thanks to a more robust Cowlitz River return.

Steelheaders on the Clackamas aren’t impressed with early season results, but when temperatures warm next week, it should provide options, but with warming weather comes low level snow and ice melt so rivers are forecasted to rise here too.

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports, “Hello All. I hope that everyone is doing well. Fishing has stayed the same as the last few weeks, a fish here and there and hoping to see more fish in the next couple of weeks. The river has done a little roller coaster action and will drop with the weather forecasted for the next few days to show snow and possible ice. If it does snow and your out fishing from the bank you will want to make sure that you watch your step for snow will stick to your felt soles and they seem to be like skates. Also with the weather being cold keep a eye on your guides for ice build up and also watch your line on the spool. It will freeze up and you can snap your line braid or mono.”
 
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Willamette River anglers will be on hold for the near future, their home base is on the rise and dirtying as we speak. When flows drop, the Sultan of Sellwood (John Shmilenko) states, “I feel very confident on the next drop.” That won’t be until the middle of next week.

The Columbia has yet to see a springer by sport angler or by hydropower passage. It’s early and like with steelhead, temperatures dictate migration, and it’s cold out there.

Metro steelheaders are still struggling, especially on the Clackamas River. After a small shot of hatchery steelhead about 10 days ago, the returns have dried up, but upriver migration is hard to gauge in rising flows and dropping water temperatures. There’s still a lot of winter steelhead season to go, but anglers are being realistic.

Jeff Stoeger reports, “Hello All. Well there isn’t much to talk about this week. The Sandy for most of the week was flowing ice the entire river. It was difficult to fish from a boat and from the bank because of all the ice and snow and slippery banks with ice and snow conditions with the weather forecast for warmer weather things will go back to normal. The river went up over 12ft and is on the drop. So best of luck and tight lines.

At least air temperatures are rising; that will bring more fish out of their reluctant state of motivation.
 
The Guides Forecast
Willamette Valley/Metro – Willamette River anglers are back after springers after a prolonged period of high and off-colored water. Sellwood offers a good option under current conditions and more than one spring Chinook has been reported recently.

Wild steelhead counts at Willamette Falls are lagging behind previous years, but so many high water events hasn't aided these fish in recent weeks.

Still no spring Chinook on the mainstem Columbia, but Willamette bound springers are likely present for beach plunkers to take advantage of. It's still early however so anglers should temper their expectations this week and for the next several for that matter. Some steelhead, mostly wild, may also fall to plunkers working the lower Willamette.

Fall Chinook forecasts will soon be available online. Keep your eye on THIS web page. Numbers should be slightly better than last year, but everyone is looking forward to a robust return of hatchery fish.

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports, "Hello All. I hope that everyone made it through the harsh weather we had last week. I know of some people that have just got their power back. Everything has pretty much have gone back to normal per say. The Sandy took a huge jump on Monday going up to over 14 ft. and has started to drop at the writing of this report it is at 12.08 ft. and should drop to 11 ft. by Thursday and then takes another bump with the rain forecasted over the next couple of days. The last report from the hatchery was that they have received 350 hatchery fish back and that they have recycled 200 fish and spawned about a 150 fish. The river color is a little off color green but should turn to steelhead green by the weekend.

River conditions are finally slated to come back into check over the weekend and pro guide Brandon Glass mentioned that the wild to hatchery ratio is running about 5:1.
 
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Spring Chinook reports are surprisingly fair for this time of year, and for the return we’re expecting back to the Willamette. Fish have been taken recently in the Portland to Milwaukie reach and river conditions should remain conducive to a fair shot at success. Herring is the bait of choice for early season springers.

The “Sultan of Sellwood,” John Shmilenko with his season’s first springer from (of course) Sellwood, taken on a herring last week.
Still no word of mainstem Columbia springers, but that’s no surprise. Action won’t pick up until mid-March. There may be a rare winter steelhead or spring Chinook taken from the lower river, but wild steelhead would be more common for plunkers working the beach.

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports, “Hello All. This past week was a great week to be out fishing. The river’s condition was ideal, it was running all week at the perfect level and color and was on the drop. The river is running at 10.03 ft. at this writing and should stay about 10 ft. until the rains return. The river is running at 41 degrees which is perfect water temp to fish all methods. The river is still showing new fish entering the river daily but it’s been a fish here and there. Most of the fish that is being caught are native fish with very few hatchery fish.

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The Clackamas also remains challenging with few hatchery fish in the mix. Returns are clearly depressed this season, but wild fish are making it fun on this river system. Summer steelhead should show sometime soon as well, but no one is holding out hope for a robust return of this run either.
 
The Guides Forecast
After a good week for spring Chinook on the mainstem Willamette, the bite has slowed. Catches were well represented across all reaches of the lower Willamette, but anglers are struggling as of late. Steelhead passage at Willamette Falls, mostly wild fish, has also been unimpressive as of late. Sturgeon fishing is good on the Willamette, also a catch and release fishery.


Former Portland Trailblazer center Kevin Kunnert with a Sellwood springer from last week

Although a few spring Chinook were caught on the mainstem Columbia in February, biologists have yet to tally one for March as of the 7th. That will change soon, but it doesn't look like the "black chins," springers largely destined for Idaho, have made a strong showing just yet. Those springers also have a deeper red flesh than the Willamette fish as well.


Clackamas River steelheaders continue to struggle for results with few hatchery fish available. Wild fish will make a stronger showing this month and well into April, but despite ideal water conditions, anglers are still coming up short compared to year's past.


Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports, "Hello All. I hope that everyone is doing well. This week we saw the river take a small bump and there were fish caught throughout the river. Oxbow Park was a good place to fish from the bank. There were very few anglers over the weekend with a few boats and rafts floating from Oxbow Park to Dabney. Most of the bank guys have been fishing beads, spinners, jigs and worms under a float. Dabney to the mouth has fresh fish showing up but not in great numbers. The number of fish have been disappointing as we should've seen more fish. I have seen photos of a couple of native fish from friends that fish regularly but hatchery fish are hard to come by."
 
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Clackamas River Fishing Report – The Clackamas remains a disappointment for steelheaders, most have written it off for the season. That said, this is the time of year when more wild steelhead start to show. Although that’s not an attractive option for most steelheaders, it can make for some good action for those that put the time in.

Most recently, catch and effort has been low, even with fair to good water conditions for steelheaders working the river downstream of Barton Park.

Tim Wilson of Knipe Realty fished with his son Alex last Friday, drifting from Barton to Carver Park, catching one native steelhead that went between 10 and 12 pounds. The group caught the fish using a plug and stated that they had not heard much else caught from other boaters working the stretch.

The Guide’s Forecast – With a good rain freshet on the horizon, anglers interested in a fair catch and release opportunity can look to next week for the possibility of getting into some fish.


With the river already on the rise, anglers would fare best if they waited for the water levels to stabilize. When that does happen over the weekend, anglers should feel pretty good about the prospects of catching some wild winter steelhead in the reaches above Carver Park. Wild fish should start to make a fair showing in the next several weeks with some fish likely to tip the scales in the high teens.

Side-drifted soft beads, egg clusters and even plugs should become effective over the next several weeks as these wild fish show in better numbers. Don’t overlook hardware either as these fish should be pretty territorial this late in the season.

Sandy River Fishing Report – Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) reports, “Hello All. I hope that everyone is doing well and that you’ve had time to get out and do a little fishing. The river is running low and clear at 9.2 ft. and the river shows a small bump over the weekend with the rain forecasted and going up to 10.5 ft. The Sandy has produced some bright new fish over the last couple of days. Although we haven’t got the number of fish back we were expecting this year, we did get more fish back so far than last year at this time. Fish are scattered throughout the entire river with some down-river fish heading out.”

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The Guide’s Forecast – Jeff continued, “The most effective way so far has been beads in various colors in size 10mm and 12mm at the current river level and clarity. Side drifting yarnies has also worked well. Spinners in sizes 3 and 4 have also worked and change out the treble hooks to a siwash hook for its easier to remove if you hook a native fish. Jigs have also worked and the pink/white and nightmare pattern jigs have been most effective just under 2ft and look for the ideal walking speed water and areas that have lots of trees an big boulders. If you have a side planer they also can be very effective if you don’t have a boat and fish from the bank. In the lower river, some fish have been picked up by plunkers using sand shrimp and eggs with small to medium spin-n-glos. The fly guys have been concentrating on the upper river from Revenue Bridge to Dodge Park or to Oxbow. The river traffic has been on the light side for the most part as well as bankies. With the forecast of a small rise in the river , it would be a good time to hit your favorite spot for the fish will be on the move. Target the tops of runs and tail-outs. Use fresh bait if you can get it and don’t be shy to use various scent to help with attracting fish. If you fish the deeper holes with bait, don’t be surprised to hook into a sturgeon of various size for the sturgeon have been holding in these pools. So please be safe, and wear a mask when your on the river around lots fellow anglers. So best of luck and tight lines.”



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The Guides Forecast
The Willamette River fishery has slowed from recent weeks but the lower Multnomah Channel and the Oregon City reach are still putting out fair numbers of fish. With the mainstem Columbia still open through Sunday, Willamette bound biters will continue to get intercepted until early next week. It won't be long however, until the dogwoods are in bloom, and the best of the springer bite is too.

The mainstem Columbia near Portland has produced sporadic results from the airport reach to Frenchman's Bar near the mouth of the Willamette River. The Columbia will remain open through Sunday, but the best action will remain in the lower reaches downstream of Longview. Some fish are being caught in the gorge too with bank angling on the Washington side quite productive last Monday.

Sandy and Clackamas River anglers are on hiatus right now. Both rivers have growing numbers of wild winter steelhead available, with just a few summer steelhead starting to show. With angler masses in pursuit of Columbia and Willamette spring Chinook, you'll have a lot of the water to yourself if you enjoy catch and release fishing.

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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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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The Guides Forecast
Catches of Willamette River spring Chinook picked up last week, but so did the effort, both significantly. The lower reach of the Multnomah Channel remains the best bet and will likely stay that way until the region gets rain, whenever that happens. Oregon City is yielding some catches, certainly better than the middle river, but as we enter the first of the peak season here, catches should improve.

The Columbia remains open upstream of Bonneville Dam for spring Chinook. Over 500 have bypassed Bonneville and half that over The Dalles Dam so the run is underway and will continue to build. The season upstream of Bonneville is expected to last over two more weeks.

The Sandy and Clackamas are both producing fair numbers of mostly wild, late-run winter steelhead. An occasional summer-run is caught, but no signs of early spring Chinook on either system Both are low and clear, as one might expect.

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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In a week that was supposed to be improving for spring Chinook catches, the catch rates actually dropped slightly from the previous week. Effort dropped too as anglers may be experiencing a bit of spring Chinook burn-out from this under-performing fishery. Oregon City seemed to have especially slowed down this week. Maybe there’s too many shad getting in the way? Maybe not. Passage at Willamette Falls is on the rise, it often coincides with 58°+ warming water trends.

Anglers should be reminded of the May 1st sturgeon sanctuary that goes into effect from the Milwaukie RRX Bridge to Willamette Falls. It’s spawning time for these fish and with the Stellar Sea Lion removal process underway, let’s hope they get to spawn in peace for a change. HERE is the running total for both California and Stellar Sea lions in the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Nineteen sea lions (11 Stellars and 8 Californians) have been removed since the new authorization of August last year.

And I don’t think it would matter if there were sea lions in the Sandy or Clackamas Rivers. There’s no salmon or steelhead to consume there anyway. Well, there are some springers and summer steelhead in the Sandy. Be sure to read Jeff Stoeger’s report this week. There is life in them thar waters!

Trout should continue to be a good option under this weather regime. It’s a great time and fishery to introduce new recruits to.
 
The Guides Forecast
Anglers working the lower Willamette are still finding success for spring Chinook with many more to come. Trollers working flashers and spinners in the warming waters are finding some success in the morning, but having to work for success for the rest of the day. There's always a few fish around high tide as well.

The Oregon City area, as well as the middle river is largely void of anglers and biting salmon. Even the shad run seems to be slow to go in what should be a good time for this invasive species in the upper reach. Passage at Willamette Falls remains fairly good.

No changes on the mainstem Columbia, but managers will likely meet on Monday to discuss future opportunities based on an updated run size. Anglers remain focused on the June 16th summer Chinook opener, but that's still a month away. Shad are starting to ascend Bonneville Dam.

Trout continue to get stocked with some vigor in all areas of the state. Check out the stocking schedule HERE.
 
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Although effort ticked upwards for spring Chinook in the lower Willamette, catch rates went with it. The best catches of the season were recorded last week, giving an insight as to what late season opportunities will happen for metro area anglers. In recent years, catch rates for later returning spring Chinook have remained consistent, well into the middle of July. Hardware becomes a more important tool this time of year, as Chinook seem to respond best to spinners, either trolled alone, or behind a 360° flasher for extra action.

Oregon managers met on Wednesday, to craft a June opportunity for catch and keep sturgeon enthusiasts for the Willamette River. Catch rates for Willamette sturgeon are already slowing, but at least anglers will have another crack at them in a few weeks from now.

Shad are starting to show on the Willamette River, and the Columbia as well, but the Columbia run typically peaks a few weeks later than the Willamette.

Maybe the bigger news is, fishery managers from Oregon and Washington met Tuesday, bumping opportunity for mainstem Columbia River spring Chinook (and summer Chinook too) beginning this Friday, May 21st. A higher than expected adult return will offer up this additional opportunity, along with a 30% hold-back buffer to ensure we meet the guidelines for ESA protections and catch sharing with upriver users. The press release can be found HERE.

Summer steelhead made a stronger showing last week in the Sandy River, but Clackamas River catch and effort remains very light.

Pro guide Kevin Anderson of Next Level Guide Service (541) 974-1135 had this to report from Detroit Reservoir. Kevin states, “This past week angler success was very dependent on where you might be fishing. There has been many anglers struggling to locate biting fish the past couple weeks. Having some local intel and knowledge will certainly help with your success. The Kokanee seem to be very scattered in depth & location. My last several trips I located good numbers of Kokanee in the 35-40’ range early morning. As the sun hit the water the fish went deeper in the 45-55’ of water. When the fish are scattered it’s imperative to try all depths where you are marking fish. If you get a hook up at a certain depth it’s important to work that depth to establish a pattern.

Subscribers see more of Kevin’s report, along with our other team of guides and reporters. Subscribe HERE.

Trout continue to get stocked with some vigor in all areas of the state. Check out the stocking schedule HERE.
 
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Portland/Metro Fishing Report – Spring Chinook angling is holding up in the lower Willamette River. The Multnomah Channel remains the reach with the highest amount of effort and catch, but Oregon City anglers fared surprisingly well last week as well. Evenings near Willamette Falls can pay dividends this time of year.

Shad fishing is getting really good at Oregon City as well. The sunny forecast will only improve the situation next week.

Sturgeon fishing remains excellent in the lower reaches of the Willamette, but will it hold up for the catch and keep opener in a few weeks? That is the million dollar question.

Columbia River managers are giving mainstem Columbia River salmon anglers another crack at high quality salmon on Saturday. It’s a one-day opener but will re-open again come June 1st through the first week of July. Fishing should be fair for springers with a few summer steelhead starting to show.

The Sandy is starting to produce a few more spring Chinook and an occasional summer steelhead. The Clackamas is a very distant 2nd, despite entering peak season for both species. It continues to disappoint.

Trout continue to get stocked with some vigor in all areas of the state. Check out the stocking schedule HERE.
 
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Portland/Metro Fishing Report – Willamette River spring Chinook success took a dive this week. Tried and true guides working this fishery are packing it up, in hopes of finding greener pastures somewhere else. Sure, there’s still plenty of salmon yet to return and a June – early July fishery is still likely to produce, it’s just likely to get a bit more challenging in the weeks ahead.

Shad are hitting in force in the Oregon City reach, it’s best when the sun is shining and in the early morning as well.

Columbia River anglers are finding good opportunity and mediocre success. Bonneville, particularly on the Washington side of the river, is best, but boaters and Oregon bank anglers are scoring fair results as well. Anglers fishing downstream of the Columbia River Gorge are not finding consistent success. Summer steelhead are rare.

Trout continue to get stocked with some vigor in all areas of the state. Check out the stocking schedule HERE. Henry Hagg Lake got a good stocking recently and boaters did well there this week. Full details on the Willamette River section of our full version.
 
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