Willamette Valley/Metro Fishing Report

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Following the “dumping” of water coming from upstream impoundments of the Columbia River, more robust Chinook numbers are starting to show in the Multnomah Channel and the lower Portland Harbor. Anglers are taking fair numbers on 360° flashers and small sized 3.5 spinners with more regularity. Early mornings typically produce the best results.



Photo: Morning spring Chinook from the lower Multnomah Channel

Springers are still falling in Oregon City, where 100% of the caught fish were fin-clipped for two weeks in a row. Shad are bountiful in the Oregon City area as well but sunny skies are typically required for great catches.

The Willamette will see a unique opportunity to catch and RETAIN sturgeon between 44″ and 50″ downstream of the Milwaukie Bridge deadline. Check this press release to make sure you have all the regulatory information that you need. No fishing after 6:00 p.m. as an example.

The Clackamas continued to put out summer steelhead, for bank anglers this week. Hatchery spring Chinook are still absent from the catches and most are surprised by the number of summers around, given this year’s poor steelhead performance.

The Sandy seems to be producing more spring Chinook than summer steelhead as of late. It’s not that the catches are great, but catchable numbers are present.

Both the Sandy and the Clackamas are forecasting a relatively significant bump in water levels this weekend. That’s welcome news to fish and fishermen.

Trout continue to get stocked with some vigor in all areas of the state. Check out the stocking schedule HERE.
 
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Wow, nice haul!
 
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Following the “dumping” of water coming from upstream impoundments of the Columbia River, more robust Chinook numbers are starting to show in the Multnomah Channel and the lower Portland Harbor. Anglers are taking fair numbers on 360° flashers and small sized 3.5 spinners with more regularity. Early mornings typically produce the best results.

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Photo: Morning spring Chinook from the lower Multnomah Channel

Springers are still falling in Oregon City, where 100% of the caught fish were fin-clipped for two weeks in a row. Shad are bountiful in the Oregon City area as well but sunny skies are typically required for great catches.

The Willamette will see a unique opportunity to catch and RETAIN sturgeon between 44″ and 50″ downstream of the Milwaukie Bridge deadline. Check this press release to make sure you have all the regulatory information that you need. No fishing after 6:00 p.m. as an example.

The Clackamas continued to put out summer steelhead, for bank anglers this week. Hatchery spring Chinook are still absent from the catches and most are surprised by the number of summers around, given this year’s poor steelhead performance.

The Sandy seems to be producing more spring Chinook than summer steelhead as of late. It’s not that the catches are great, but catchable numbers are present.

Both the Sandy and the Clackamas are forecasting a relatively significant bump in water levels this weekend. That’s welcome news to fish and fishermen.

Trout continue to get stocked with some vigor in all areas of the state. Check out the stocking schedule HERE.
At this point clipped springers on the Sandy are very rare.
 
The Guides Forecast
Willamette River spring/summer Chinook continue to percolate. A nice late season surge, likely fueled by a robust return of summer Chinook this year, is producing good catches in the lower Multnomah Channel and near St. Johns on the mainstem Willamette. Action should stay fair to good here for early morning trollers.

Oregon City anglers are still catching hatchery spring Chinook as well. It’s more of an evening bite here however. Shad fishing remains excellent here too, a nice opportunity for a combination trip.

Anglers interested in another crack at catch and keep sturgeon fishing will be on the Willamette on Saturday. Catches from last weekend were under-whelming, but at least there’s a metro opportunity for a keeper.

Anchor anglers working the Columbia River near Bonneville are producing good catches on spinners and plugs. It’ll only get better in the coming weeks. Shad fishing is excellent here too.

The Sandy River is still giving up an occasional spring Chinook, but it may get more challenging as temperatures warm and swimmers and rafters start inundating the river system. The upper reaches above Oxbow Park will offer up the best chances.

The Clackamas is surprising anglers with a nice grade of summer steelhead. Spring Chinook remain next to non-existent, but the summer steelhead are large in size. Early mornings will yield the best results.

Trout continue to get stocked with some vigor in all areas of the state. Check out the stocking schedule HERE.
 
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Willamette River spring/summer Chinook continue to percolate. A nice late season surge, likely fueled by a robust return of summer Chinook this year, is producing good catches in the lower Multnomah Channel and near St. Johns on the mainstem Willamette. Action should stay fair to good here for early morning trollers.

Oregon City anglers are still catching hatchery spring Chinook as well. It’s more of an evening bite here however. Shad fishing remains excellent here too, a nice opportunity for a combination trip.

Anglers interested in another crack at catch and keep sturgeon fishing will be on the Willamette on Saturday. Catches from last weekend were under-whelming, but at least there’s a metro opportunity for a keeper.

Anchor anglers working the Columbia River near Bonneville are producing good catches on spinners and plugs. It’ll only get better in the coming weeks. Shad fishing is excellent here too.

The Sandy River is still giving up an occasional spring Chinook, but it may get more challenging as temperatures warm and swimmers and rafters start inundating the river system. The upper reaches above Oxbow Park will offer up the best chances.

The Clackamas is surprising anglers with a nice grade of summer steelhead. Spring Chinook remain next to non-existent, but the summer steelhead are large in size. Early mornings will yield the best results.

Trout continue to get stocked with some vigor in all areas of the state. Check out the stocking schedule HERE.
I will correct this report : At this point springers on the Sandy are rare . the few that are there are not clipped. O.D.F.W. is doing their best to turn the Sandy into a splash and giggle river . The same thing that they did on the Clack.
 
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It’s peak season for summer Chinook and it looks like the run will come in as predicted. Catches this week should improve in most sections of the lower Columbia River.

Bonneville anglers have been dealing with fluctuating flows, but that’s nothing new. Be prepared to adapt based on water releases from the Army Corps of Engineers. Plugs and spinners should both be effective here.

Downstream, anglers fishing on anchor downstream of the Columbia River Gorge should see fair action for those using plugs from the boat, and Spin-n-Glos tipped with coon shrimp from lower Columbia River beaches.

Here’s a nice summer Chinook from Buzz Ramsey, caught on June 23rd with pro guide Bill Monroe Jr. (503-702-4028), they were fishing out of Rainier.



Willamette River anglers are entering peak season for the harbor fishery. Decent numbers of “springers” are being caught almost daily. It remains a flasher and spinner show, but some are still falling to herring during the early morning bite.

Shad fishing remains excellent in Oregon City and should hold up for another few weeks.

The Sandy booted out some spring Chinook last week, but summer steelhead are hard to find here. The water is likely to turn silty over the weekend, with the excessive heat wave bearing down on the region.

The Clackamas remains one of the better metro opportunities for summer steelhead, certainly a surprise. Fish will get stressed this weekend, when the splash and giggle hatch ensues with the warm weather ahead.
 
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The Columbia remains one of the better options for summer Chinook, with Bonneville still producing good catches. Anchor anglers downstream of Portland are also still seeing fair results. The summer Chinook fishery closes after July 5th.

Summer steelhead catches on the Columbia remain weak, despite being in peak season. It's clearly going to be another depressed return.

The Willamette fishery is still producing results, but anglers, plagued by warming waters, have re-located to the mouth of the Willamette, in search of cooler waters from the Columbia to find success.

Avid angler John Shmilenko spends his June’s participating in this fishery and still scores on a fairly regular basis. John mentioned earlier this week that temperatures have risen to around 77° on the 25th, but have since cooled down to around 74°. Why the entire run hasn’t floated belly-up is beyond my pay grade. These lethal summer water temperatures took a toll on returning adults in 2015. It’s still a Pro Troll and spinner show, mostly size 3.5 spinners with Mexican Hat often still producing the best catches.

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The Guides Forecast
With the Columbia closed, anglers will now refocus their efforts on the lower Willamette River. The spring Chinook bite should last a few more days, but time is ticking on this fishery, especially since numbers of summer Chinook, often intercepted in this fishery, are starting to slide.

The early morning spring/summer Chinook bite remains good at the mouth of the Willamette River however, fish are being caught every day.

Willamette River Fishing Report​

From Harrisburg, to Corvallis, to Albany: A great option for warmwater fishing. Evening fishing for smallmouths, especially in the slow water sloughs. Flyfishing with leech patterns and top waters is especially good. Lures including all kinds of topwaters, Rebels, Rapalas are fishing great in the evening just before sunset. Sloughs just downstream of Harrisburg are filled with smallmouth bass.

The mainstem McKenzie has been stocked over the past week. The McKenzie has dropped rapidly over the last week that does not bode well for maintaining temperatures that are good for trout fishing. The upper reaches of the McKenzie are accessible by the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail above McKenzie Bridge and Rainbow.

Clackamas River Fishing Report​

The creel report, as pathetic as it was, is over on the Clackamas River. Believe it or not, spring Chinook action was actually better than it was in 2020. Well, it closed in 2020 so we have that going for us.

The last check (week of June 21 – 27) creel checkers saw 5 hatchery Chinook kept, and 5 wild Chinook released. .
Summer steelhead action hasn’t been much better, despite a good surge early in the season. Nine boat anglers and 17 bank anglers didn’t catch anything this week that was checked.

Again, it’s been slow for both summer steelhead and spring Chinook as of late, with no expectations that it will improve in the near future.

Sandy River Fishing Report​

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger offers up this report. Jeff writes, “I hope that everyone had a safe 4th of July. Well, this week’s report has the river turning to glacial green from milk chocolate brown. The weather forecast is for the weather to temps to run in the mid to upper 80’s during next week and the evening temps dropping down into the mid 50’s. The river should run glacial green until we hit the upper 80’s to 90 and visibility about foot and half.

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With Willamette spring Chinook and Columbia River summer Chinook passage on the drop, catches in the lower Willamette and Multnomah Channel are also starting to slow. There’s still an early bird bite at the mouth of the Willamette, but the fishery is waning by the week.

Catches of summer steelhead on the mainstem Columbia are also slow, as one would expect for the paltry showing of hatchery and wild fish currently underway. There should be a real concern for these fish this year, they are in dire straights.

Clackamas River Fishing Report

No surprise here, the Clackamas River continues to be unimpressive as far as salmon and steelhead fishing goes. There’s little effort for little “product,” therefore, few reports coming from this once-great fishery.

Sandy River Fishing Report

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “Hello All. I hope that everyone is doing well for the river has dropped to its summer time low and could drop maybe another couple of inches. The river is running glacial green and should stay that way until we get our first major rain which won’t be until middle to late September. Fishing has still been productive, but you have to work for them. Find the full report and forecast for Chinook and Steelhead members on this page here.

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Willamette River spring Chinook action is finally tapering at the mouth of the Willamette and lower Multnomah Channel. With the spring Chinook run largely complete and summer Chinook numbers tapering at Bonneville, the Willamette fishery is effectively over.

Coho will arrive in early September.

Clackamas River Fishing Report

Not surprisingly, not much has changed for Clackamas River anglers. Flows are low, the water is warm and the fish are spooked, what few fish are present that is.

Effort remains light and creel check season is over, but persistent anglers are still pursuing summer steelhead in the system.

Sandy River Fishing Report

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “Hello All. This week report is short and sweet. Last week most of the action was taking place from mid-river to the hatchery. Spinners, jigs tipped with shrimp and eggs were the tickets for success. The river is still running glacial green with lots of algae and weeds growing on the bottom of the river. You will have to check your rigs often to make sure there clear of weeds.

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The Guides Forecast
With the Willamette River spring Chinook fishery finally over, anglers will be looking west to satisfy their salmonid needs. Coho won’t show until early September here, there should be a good return if the Columbia River coho prediction is actually accurate.

Summer steelhead action never got great on the mainstem Columbia, but we’re in peak season now and anglers are more likely to find more wild fish in the catch. See more options in our Oregon fishing reports below.

Clackamas River Fishing Report

Ben Walczak of the Clackamas district office is reporting that there are still fair numbers of larger sized summer steelhead available for Clackamas River anglers. Ben reported that the McIver Park area is where it seems to be the most productive for those that are still trying their hand at these elusive fish. Early morning is of course the best strategy, but you still have to go with light lines and subtle offerings. These fish will be hunkered down in the deeper, broken surfaced waters often found in the upper reaches of the Clackamas, but you’ll find willing fish in the deeper boulder strewn reaches as well.

Sandy River Fishing Report

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “It’s been extremely a warm summer. Well, this week were going to see the heat return with temps getting back up in the upper 90’s. With the heat returning we will see the sandy turn from silt green to silt brown. The river temp is running in the upper 60’s and the current level is about 8 ft or just under 8. There has been lots of pressure on the upper river with few fish being caught. If you do hook a native fish, please be as gentle as you can. Oxbow Park to Cedar Creek has been the most productive.

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Portland/Metro Fishing Report – It’s still early for mainstem Columbia fall Chinook to show and with the spring Chinook fishery complete on the lower Willamette, most metro anglers are headed west for ocean and lower Columbia River fall Chinook. Until then, anglers still have a small chance for summer steelhead on the below mentioned metro river systems.

Clackamas River Fishing Report – Summer steelhead remain the target for what few motivated anglers remain on the Clackamas River. As ODF&W personnel reported last week, the summer steelhead are running large this year. I assume these are 3-salt fish, but I don’t know if summer steelhead life histories portray the same characteristics that winter steelhead do. This just in from PGE fish biologist Garth Wyatt:

“The spring Chinook return is 66.2% complete (2013-2020) resulting in a median forecast return of 2,739 (min-2,448, max- 3,358) or 109% of the 10-year average (n =2,505; 2011-2020). We observed the largest number of lamprey at the adult sorting facility (1958-present) and our second sockeye of the year. Generally speaking ~50% of the Chinook are displaying symptoms consistent with columnaris but there are fresh/clean fish coming through the facility daily.”

Sandy River Fishing Report – Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “Hello All. This week’s report has little more fish being caught with beads in size 10 and 12 mm in orange and cherry in color. Spinners and jigs tipped with shrimp are also taking an occasional fish. The river is holding around the 8ft mark and will stay that way until it rains. There were lots of people that were swimming over the weekend with warmer temps. The river has good water clarity and didn’t color up with the upper 90-degree temps as I was expecting. There were tons of tubers and rafters on the river at all the local bank access and state parks. Oxbow Park had lots of people and a few anglers trying their luck.
 
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The Guides Forecast
With Fall Chinook fishing still weeks away, metro anglers are still focused west, where the Buoy 10 fishery is underway. It’ll be another few weeks before metro anglers see any kind of opportunity for this year’s robust run, the last week of August at the very least.

Clackamas River spring Chinook are degrading although due to the excessive heat this summer, there were a batch of estuary over-summer dwellers so it is possible to still find a rare silver-sided one. Most anglers are focusing on summer steelhead, but catches are slight as few new fish are available. Most anglers are focusing on the upper river, around McIver if they are still pursuing steelhead.

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports on the Sandy River; There are still fish to be had. I have a couple of buddies that have caught a few fish this past week. The springers are starting to darken up with double strips and rosy red checks. Most fish are blasting up to the upper river and then waiting to spawn.

This week we will see lots of action on the river due to extreme heat wave again. The temperatures are heading to the hundred area for the next three or four days. You will encounter lots of swimmer and rafters. So, head out early and make sure to take some water with and stay hydrated.

The Guide's Forecast's full report this week
 
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Portland/Metro Fishing Report​

With Chinook slow to show at Bonneville, anglers are getting anxious to get the upper river fishery underway. It’ll be another 3 weeks before anglers can justify an effort in the Portland/Metro area, but that won’t stop motivated anglers from trying. The best action remains at the coast.

Clackamas River Fishing Report​

Summer steelhead remain an option, especially with the cooling trend this week. And not just the fish will enjoy the temperature change. Fish up high, around McIver Park for your best chance at a summer steelhead.

The Clackamas River HGMP just got approved for Clackamas River spring Chinook, help is on the way for an improved broodstock for this system. Most are confident it will revive the hatchery returns on this river.

Sandy River Fishing Report​

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports on the Sandy River – There are still fish to be had but they are near the end of the run. There are steelhead and few salmon still available in the upper river from Oxbow to cedar creek.

One bright spot is the mouth of the Sandy where fall salmon and coho swim by the mouth of the Sandy and with the water temp cooler than the Columbia. These fish will hang out and stage there before they either head up the Sandy or continue up the Columbia.

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: Continues to be good for kokes in mid-August. Catches of kokanee being reported – trolling with downriggers in depths in and around 40 feet. Pinks, copper, gold and silver flash colors were working in July, and there are no changes to the effective colors as of today. One angler report, “anything with corn on it” is working.

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. Lures including all kinds of topwaters, Rebels, Rapalas are fishing great in the evening just before sunset. Sloughs just downstream of Harrisburg are filled with smallmouth bass.

McKenzie River: The mainstem McKenzie has been stocked during July. The McKenzie temperatures vary from an okay 56 degrees in the morning to 62 degrees in the afternoon. Fish during the mornings!

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The Guides Forecast
Portland/Metro Fishing Report – Fall Chinook numbers are starting to bump at Bonneville Dam, an indicator that metro area anglers should prepare for a banner year on the mainstem Columbia, in search of upriver brights which should number in the hundreds of thousands this year. More chinook fishing report details below.

Although anchor fishing with wobblers was all the rage a decade ago, it’s largely become a troll show with spinners and 360° flashers taking the lead. Soft tides this week favor trollers over anchor anglers however.

Clackamas River – It’s too early to expect catchable numbers of coho here, but it’s possible there might be some available. Early season coho seem to bite better and it won’t be long before strong returns are likely witnessed for Clackamas River anglers.

Summer steelhead are still available in the McIver reach of the Clackamas for savvy bank anglers.

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports on the Sandy River – The river is running low and should stay that way until we get our first rain fall. The river is around 67 degrees and will start to cool down as the temps are dropping at night and days are cooler.

If it’s any indications of what coho seasons going to be like, there has been some outstanding numbers caught in the lower Columbia River heading our direction.

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With Chinook slow to show at Bonneville, anglers are getting anxious to get the upper river fishery underway. It’ll be another 3 weeks before anglers can justify an effort in the Portland/Metro area, but that won’t stop motivated anglers from trying. The best action remains at the coast.


Clackamas River Fishing Report​

Summer steelhead remain an option, especially with the cooling trend this week. And not just the fish will enjoy the temperature change. Fish up high, around McIver Park for your best chance at a summer steelhead.

The Clackamas River HGMP just got approved for Clackamas River spring Chinook, help is on the way for an improved broodstock for this system. Most are confident it will revive the hatchery returns on this river.

Sandy River Fishing Report​

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports on the Sandy River – There are still fish to be had but they are near the end of the run. There are steelhead and few salmon still available in the upper river from Oxbow to cedar creek.

One bright spot is the mouth of the Sandy where fall salmon and coho swim by the mouth of the Sandy and with the water temp cooler than the Columbia. These fish will hang out and stage there before they either head up the Sandy or continue up the Columbia.

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: Continues to be good for kokes in mid-August. Catches of kokanee being reported – trolling with downriggers in depths in and around 40 feet. Pinks, copper, gold and silver flash colors were working in July, and there are no changes to the effective colors as of today. One angler report, “anything with corn on it” is working.

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. Lures including all kinds of topwaters, Rebels, Rapalas are fishing great in the evening just before sunset. Sloughs just downstream of Harrisburg are filled with smallmouth bass.

McKenzie River: The mainstem McKenzie has been stocked during July. The McKenzie temperatures vary from an okay 56 degrees in the morning to 62 degrees in the afternoon. Fish during the mornings!

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The Guides Forecast
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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Portland/Metro Fishing Report – Chinook action in the mainstem Columbia has flopped recently, with the exception of Bonneville, where Bonneville Dam salmon fishing has been interesting. Trollers are finding good success on a nearly daily basis. Counts at Bonneville remain robust. Some coho, both hatchery and wild are falling to 360° flashers and spinners as well.

The Clackamas River saw a nice surge of coho last week and anglers were out in full force to strike chrome success. The bulk of the early run is now in the upper basin, with most of the Clackamas River coho turning off into Eagle Creek. Action at the mouth an in Eagle Creek itself has been decent, but quickly fading too. Another rain freshet is in the forecast, which should bode well for another shot of fish.

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports on the Sandy River – “Well the coho are in the river. The photo is of Jim Cathcarts’ fish he caught on Saturday in between rain showers. He went two for three with one hatch and one native.

There are fish scattered through out the river from the mouth to Cedar Creek. The river jumped up to 8.6ft and has dropped to 7.8ft and should slowly drop before we get the next rain. The river temperature is around 58 degrees and will drop as the weather temperatures gets cooler and as snowpack starts to build.

A few anglers are casting for coho in the Willamette around the mouth of the Clackamas. Meanwhile, coho numbers are growing at Willamette Falls, where anglers upstream of the falls will be targeting them for the next several weeks. Anglers are allowed to keep both hatchery and “wild” fish upstream of the falls.

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Portland/Metro Fishing Report – The mainstem Columbia remains a good option for Chinook salmon with the Bonneville reach remaining a top prospect for trollers working 360° flashers and spinners. We’re still in peak season here, and catches should remain robust for another 2 weeks.

Willamette River coho counts are progressing nicely, with fair catches coming upstream of Willamette Falls where anglers are allowed to catch and keep wild or hatchery coho salmon. Trolling plugs is popular, but casting spinners is another viable option. Target coho at tributary mouths such as the Tualatin and Molalla Rivers.

Clackamas River – Coho are present in good numbers here, anglers stand the best chance at success sooner, rather than later. Casting hardware will become the better option as flows drop.

Sandy River Fishing Report – Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “I hope that everyone had the opportunity to get out and fish over the weekend. There were fresh and some dark fish that were caught as well as a few springers still being caught.

The river is on the low side to float and if you decide to float, make sure to wear waders for you will have to drag your boat or raft over a few places.

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Chinook fishing on the mainstem Columbia is slowing down but the Gorge is still producing good catches although darker fish are starting to dominate the catches. The Columbia Chinook run is winding down.

Willamette River coho anglers are watching in delight, the number of coho ascending Willamette Falls. Although they are not the best of biters, coho are being caught with regularity at the mouths of the Tualitin, Molalla and Santiam systems. Early mornings are best.

Clackamas River Fishing Report – Clackamas River anglers are remaining focused on waters upstream of Carver Park, Eagle Creek in particular. Numbers of returning fish seem robust but as many would say, they get a bit “lock-jawy” this time of year.

With the bulk of the coho destined for Eagle Creek, you might guess that’s where the bulk of the effort is taking place.

Sandy River Fishing Report – Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “This week the river went off color for a few days and then it dropped into shape on Saturday. There were some nice fish caught on Saturday with spinners, eggs, twitching jigs and sand shrimp under a bobber.

The Sandy is predicted to get around eight thousand fish returning this year.

Fall trout fishing can be good this time of year, on lakes such as Henry Hagg.

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

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