Willamette Valley/metro fishing report

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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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