Willamette Valley/Metro Fishing Report

The Guides Forecast
Willamette Valley Fishing by Glenn Zinkus

Alton Baker Canal:
Was stocked in September 3500 legal trout, as well as 1400 legal trout and 200 trophy trout this past week. Alton Baker Canal is scheduled to receive more than 1400 trout again next week. This is a good option for bait fishing with the kids.

Detroit Lake received 4000 trophy trout this September and 3700 trophy trout earlier this month. Trout fishing is great trolling lures, and with crankbaits, spinners, and spoons.

Green Peter Reservoir: Green Peter Reservoir is getting low and fishing reports are becoming fewer. The Thistle Creek boat ramp is accessible in the near term, and soon the reservoir will be less accessible.

From Harrisburg, to Corvallis, to Albany:

Trout fishing is improving. Floats near the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers will place anglers in “fishy” areas all the way down to Harrisburg. The usual impressionistic nymphs, like PTs will take trout.

Still good warmwater fishing opportunities. 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.

Steelhead returns into the Willamette remain low. Last year was a fair to poor year, and the returns are 30% of last year’s numbers at this same time. We can hope for better years to come.

McKenzie River: The mainstem McKenzie water levels are steady at about 2200 CFS at Vida. Fishing is good all day long.


Glenn provides updates bi-weekly. Members can find last week's report and more from this page here.


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The Guides Forecast
Portland/Metro Fishing Report - With mainstem Chinook on the wane, and Willamette River coho starting to slow above the falls, metro anglers will struggle to find waterborne recreational opportunities in the coming weeks. Tributary coho will remain a fair option for the next few weeks, but anglers will remain focused on coastal opportunities until winter steelhead show (hopefully) around January of next year. That seems a long way away.

Clackamas River Fishing Report - Eagle Creek fish hatchery manager Caroline Peterschmidt reported good numbers of adult coho back to the facility with the current rain system likely to boost numbers. They've already almost matched last year's return with another high jack count spelling good news for 2022 as well.

Meanwhile, sport anglers are still finding fish, close to the mouth of Eagle Creek and in Eagle Creek itself, but until the water level rises, they'll likely remain challenging to catch.





Sandy River Fishing Report - Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, "We saw a verity of fish being caught over the last week including some fresh and dark coho. Some dark springers were still being caught in all stretches of the river as well.

The weather for the next ten days is forecasting three to four inches of rain which will finally bring the river to near winter levels. The current height is 7.8 ft and the forecast is for the river to reach 9.5 ft by Tuesday of next week.

There have been good numbers of fish being caught in deep holes and frog water all along the entire river and in regular spots.







Find the full report and forecast for Members on the Sandy and the Clackamas from this page here.

Bill Monroe shares this information this week:

Significant seminars: An extended series of free seminars begins Nov. 2 online.

"Journey Down the Clackamas" is a year-long project sponsored by the Clackamas River Basin Council to explore the Clackamas watershed from stem to stern, mountain springs to its mouth at the Willamette River.

Topics already presented and available online include forestry, agriculture, hydraulics, geology, meteorology, and many others.

But the remainder of the bi-weekly presentations – every other Tuesday through next June – will focus largely on critters in the river, including salmon, trout, lamprey and other fish and denizens.

Among the topics will be significant discussion of hatcheries and interactions with wild fish.

While the seminars are free, registration is required. No email lists are being accumulated, nor will they be used for mass communications.

It's an unusual opportunity to participate in a significant issue of our time.

Check the schedule of upcoming topics.

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The Guides Forecast
Willamette Valley Fishing by Glenn Zinkus (last week's report)

Willamette Falls coho counts will surpass a whopping 20,000 fish soon, it's been a productive fishery if you happened to land at the mouth of the Tualatin or Molalla Rivers on the right day the last several weeks. Numbers are now tapering, but upper Willamette anglers still stand a reasonable chance for another week or so.

Alton Baker Canal: Was stocked in September 3500 legal trout, as well as 1400 legal trout and 200 trophy trout this past week. Alton Baker Canal is scheduled to receive more than 1400 trout again next week. This is a good option for bait fishing with the kids.

Detroit Lake received 4000 trophy trout this September and 3700 trophy trout earlier this month. Trout fishing is great trolling lures, and with crankbaits, spinners, and spoons.

Green Peter Reservoir: Green Peter Reservoir is getting low and fishing reports are becoming fewer. The Thistle Creek boat ramp is accessible in the near term, and soon the reservoir will be less accessible.

From Harrisburg, to Corvallis, to Albany:

Trout fishing is improving. Floats near the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers will place anglers in “fishy” areas all the way down to Harrisburg. The usual impressionistic nymphs, like PTs will take trout.

Still good warmwater fishing opportunities. 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.

Steelhead returns into the Willamette remain low. Last year was a fair to poor year, and the returns are 30% of last year’s numbers at this same time. We can hope for better years to come.

McKenzie River: The mainstem McKenzie water levels are steady at about 2200 CFS at Vida. Fishing is good all day long.

Glenn provides updates bi-weekly. Members can find last week's report and more from this page here.

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The Guides Forecast
Alton Baker Canal: Scheduled to be stocked this week, and has been stocked with more than 4000 trout (legal and trophy trout) during the fall months of September and October. 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.

Fishing for trout is good. Trout are more active and taking spinners, rapalas and trolled flies.

Special Note For Detroit Reservoir: The Marina is closed for repairs as of July 11.

Now, in addition to the Mongold Day Use Area, 1-1/2 miles west of Detroit Reservoir State Park having a boat launch, a boat ramp is now available for launching boats at Detroit Reservoir at Detroit Lake State Park boat ramp D.

Green Peter Reservoir: Green Peter Reservoir is on the rise.

Catches of legal size trout in the 12 to 13 inch range are reported.

As a caution, there are some reports of thefts from boat ramps including catalytic converters.

South Santiam Steelhead: It’s just not happening in this year of historically low steelhead returns. Last count last week was at 99 steelhead at Foster Dam.

South Santiam Trout: No New Updates. Possibilities below Foster Reservoir, but the upper South Santiam is still a mere trickle above the reservoir except for the popular deep swimming hole sections.

The South Santiam is at 1500 CFS, certainly a fishable level.

North Santiam Trout: The North Santiam received 2,200 legal size trout in August.

Some reports of fly anglers successfully “dapping” for trout came in.

Cohos are beginning to show up at the Bennet dams.

Glenn provides updates bi-weekly. Members can find last week's report and more from this page here.

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The Guides Forecast
by Bob Rees

Fishing for most metro area fisheries are done for the season. Mainstem Columbia salmon fisheries are over, but Klickitat River coho fishermen still have a chance at fresh fish for the next few weeks. That is a bit of a drive for metro anglers, however.

The Clackamas and Sandy rivers both still have coho, but the bulk of the returning adults at this time are wild, requiring release. Hatchery fish will be hard to come by and winter steelhead are still weeks away, assuming the run will come in stronger than we’ve seen in the previous couple of years. Let’s hope things change around for winter steelhead.

The trout stocking schedule still offers hope for metro anglers willing to brave more inclement conditions. The department of Fish and Wildlife is prepping for Black Friday, offering up a handful of opportunities for quality trout this time of year. Since nobody goes to shopping malls anymore, it’s a great place to spend the day if the weather cooperates.

Catch and release sturgeon fishing in the lower Willamette River is also an option, you’re just a little more exposed to the elements in this larger body of water. Wild coho counts passing Willamette falls was exceptional this year. It’s a bit late for this fishery, but upper basin anglers may still find a few fresh fish.

Find the full report and forecast for Members on the Sandy and the Clackamas from this page here.

by Glenn Zinkus (A repeat from last week, Glenn will be providing fresh reports every OTHER week through the winter season.)

Alton Baker Canal: Scheduled to be stocked this week, and has been stocked with more than 4000 trout (legal and trophy trout) during the fall months of September and October. 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.

Fishing for trout is good. Trout are more active and taking spinners, rapalas and trolled flies.

Special Note For Detroit Reservoir: The Marina is closed for repairs as of July 11.

Now, in addition to the Mongold Day Use Area, 1-1/2 miles west of Detroit Reservoir State Park having a boat launch, a boat ramp is now available for launching boats at Detroit Reservoir at Detroit Lake State Park boat ramp D.

Green Peter Reservoir: Green Peter Reservoir is on the rise.

Catches of legal size trout in the 12 to 13 inch range are reported.

As a caution, there are some reports of thefts from boat ramps including catalytic converters.

South Santiam Steelhead: It’s just not happening in this year of historically low steelhead returns. Last count last week was at 99 steelhead at Foster Dam.

South Santiam Trout: No New Updates. Possibilities below Foster Reservoir, but the upper South Santiam is still a mere trickle above the reservoir except for the popular deep swimming hole sections.

The South Santiam is at 1500 CFS, certainly a fishable level.

North Santiam Trout: The North Santiam received 2,200 legal size trout in August.

Some reports of fly anglers successfully “dapping” for trout came in.

Cohos are beginning to show up at the Bennet dams.

Glenn provides updates bi-weekly. Members can find last week’s report and more from this page here.

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gfisher2003
I'm not sure why this report keeps saying so but I'm pretty sure both the lower and upper South Santiam are closed for trout till May
 
The Guides Forecast
Although a late-season surge of coho passed by Bonneville earlier this week, mainstem Columbia sportfisheries are really on hiatus until spring Chinook begin entering in fishable numbers around late March. Motivated anglers should be able to intercept some of those coho at the mouth of the Klickitat this weekend if weather allows. Winds are always a wildcard this time of year and temperatures are often frigid. Dress appropriately.

Sandy and Clackamas River anglers are about to call it quits. These rivers have been high for most of the week, giving hatchery fish ample opportunity to make it back to their respective hatcheries. It'll largely be a wild fish show from here. Winter steelhead, assuming they make a viable showing, won't nose into metro watersheds for another few weeks, in catchable numbers anyway.

The trout stocking schedule still offers hope for metro anglers willing to brave more inclement conditions. The department of Fish and Wildlife is prepping for Black Friday, offering up a handful of opportunities for quality trout this time of year. Since nobody goes to shopping malls anymore, it's a great place to spend the day if the weather cooperates.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced their FREE FISHING "Weekend," Friday and Saturday, November 26 - 27 actually, will offer up some great opportunities for trout, some coho, but especially crab as tides look favorable. If you dress appropriately, it should be a fun time. More details HERE.

Find the full report and forecast for Members on the Sandy and the Clackamas from this page here.

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By Bob Rees

Metro fisheries are slow, with mainstem Columbia salmon fisheries over, anglers will have a long wait until spring Chinook show here next year, in March. There is also some catch and release sturgeon fishing available, mostly around the mouth of the Willamette River.

It’s early for winter steelhead on the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers, but it won’t be long before one is caught. The coho run was good on both of these systems, with robust jack counts again making us believe we may see another good return in 2022.

The trout stocking schedule still offers hope for metro anglers willing to brave more inclement conditions. The department of Fish and Wildlife is prepping for Black Friday, offering up a handful of opportunities for quality trout this time of year. Since nobody goes to shopping malls anymore, it’s a great place to spend the day if the weather cooperates.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced their FREE FISHING “Weekend,” Friday and Saturday, November 26 – 27 actually, will offer up some great opportunities for trout, some coho, but especially crab as tides look favorable. If you dress appropriately, it should be a fun time. More details HERE.

Find the full report and forecast for Members on the Sandy and the Clackamas from this page here.

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Anglers fishing upstream of Bonneville Dam are still finding a few fresh coho, particularly around the mouth of the Klickitat River. This fishery will fade following this week, but with a robust return back to the Columbia, anglers shouldn’t be surprised it’s held on this long.

Coho returns to the upper Willamette were also robust, with over 21,000 adults tallied at Willamette Falls. That’s a number the upper watershed hasn’t seen in a long time. Jack counts this year are nearly identical to 2021, indicating we may get another good return in 2022.

There’s been rumored winter steelhead taken from the Sandy River, but no photographic proof. It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility. Nothing rumored yet from the Clackamas, but early catches of hatchery steelhead from Meldrum Bar, just downstream from the mouth of the Clackamas on the Willamette River are also not that uncommon for this time of year.

The trout stocking schedule still offers hope for metro anglers willing to brave more inclement conditions. No bodies of water are slated for stocking this week, but next week, Alton Baker Canal near Springfield

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Portland/Metro Fishing Report - With the Columbia River creel census wrapped for the season, salmon and steelhead on the mainstem will be in resting mode for a while. Up next is the 2022 spring Chinook/summer Chinook predictions, it's always an anxious time of year as we anticipate what lies ahead for our beloved sport.

In the interim, we can be relieved that both Stellar and California Sea Lion pressures on our dwindling stocks of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon are being attended to. Measurable numbers of both species have been removed from both the Willamette and Columbia River basins over the past year, and it IS going to make a difference in the long-term viability of these listed species. There is of course a bevy of other conservation measures needed to recover these precious fish, we intend on keeping you better informed on those issues in the coming months.

Meanwhile, anglers looking for early winter steelhead on the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers know that the historic Thanksgiving kick-off isn't what it used to be for these metro watersheds. That said, there are steelhead showing up in both systems, but persistence and luck will both have to be on your side to strike silver this week.

The Willamette is likely harboring fair numbers of sturgeon right now. The weather has been less than ideal, especially given the fact it's catch and release only right now. Interest and success will increase during the spring months.

The trout stocking schedule still offers hope for metro anglers willing to brave more inclement conditions. No bodies of water are slated for stocking this week, but trout plants will bump when kids are about to exit for winter break, conveniently.

Find the full report and forecast for Members on the Sandy and the Clackamas from this page here.

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The Guides Forecast
Portland/Metro Fishing Report - Mainstem Columbia anglers finally have an option in their future; the opening of the above Bonneville sturgeon fishery is about to commence! It was a banner opener last year, so much so that fishery managers decided it was time to ramp down the momentum to provide more equitable opportunity. You can find regulations about halfway down THIS page, and the agency's most recent press release HERE to ensure you're within your legal guidelines. It should be good fishing, especially with the up-tick in air and water temperatures over the weekend.

The agencies also came out with an "outlook" for fall salmon, and it's not bad. Fall Chinook numbers will likely be up from the previous year, and coho numbers slightly down from this year's realized run, NOT this year's predicted return. I'll take this moment to boast my forecast many months ago that the return was likely to be about half what the agencies predicted. Coho jack counts were nearly identical to last year in some watersheds, so hopefully back to back robust returns are in order!

The Willamette remains an option for catch and release sturgeon anglers although few are participating given the recent weather conditions. Anglers are going to start thinking about spring Chinook soon.

The Clackamas and Sandy Rivers are both fair options for steelhead this weekend. There's a small window of opportunity before river levels rise again, from the ensuing snow-melt about to take place as temperatures warm and rain once again graces the Willamette district.

The Clackamas from Barton to Carver offers the best chance for a boater or bank angler to succeed. Jeff Stoeger has this to say about the Sandy River:

Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, "I hope that everyone had a good Christmas this year. I want to wish you a happy New Year and the best of luck.

The fishing report shows good numbers of fish early in the season. The hatchery has 17 fish already for so early in the season and the numbers are climbing daily. I know a guide who is 19 for 22 fish already and the numbers will only climb.

The weather could throw a wrench into fishing with temperatures dropping and the river temps dropping causing the fish to become lethargic and less aggressive to bite.

Find the full report and forecast for Members on the Sandy and the Clackamas from this page here.
 
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