Willamette Valley/Metro update

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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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