Willamette Valley/Metro – After a slow start, trollers are starting to see much more consistent fishing from Bonneville to Warrior Rock right now. Regulations in place now don’t allow for any retention of Chinook downstream of Warrior Rock to protect sensitive stocks of tule Chinook. Those working Pro Trolls and spinners are producing fine results for upriver brights and with a cooling trend on the horizon, that will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Anchor fishing with wobblers is becoming a bit out-dated now as the Pro-troll technique continues to take the region by storm.
Coho are starting to show in the lower Sandy and Clackamas Rivers. If the first fall rains hit as predicted, anglers, both bank and boat, should have good opportunity for fresh-run coho in both of these rivers. Given the success of Buoy 10 anglers this week, there appears to be a wad of them ready to return.
Willamette River anglers don’t necessarily target coho in the mainstem, but spinner casters and plunkers sometimes find success at the mouth of the Clackamas or at Meldrum Bar. This week could provide some of that opportunity.
Northwest – Although action tapered only slightly, epic coho action was been the rule all week on the lower Columbia. Limits by 9:00 a.m. were common for anchovy and spinner trollers fishing near the Astoria/Megler Bridge this week, that’s likely to change in the near future as the region expects to receive it’s first fall rains as early as Sunday. Chinook fishing remains closed in the Buoy 10 area, and the retention restriction now goes all the way upstream to Warrior Rock near St. Helens.
Crabbing is good in the lower Columbia
Tillamook Bay anglers continue to struggle for consistent Chinook results. The ideal soft tide series produced better results than earlier in the week, but the mediocre bites have been short-lived. Most of the effort has been taking place in the lower bay, along the jetties and the south side of the south jetty is producing fair as well. Hatchery coho are oddly absent right now.
Nehalem Bay has produced some sporadic Chinook catches lately, and hatchery coho numbers seem a bit down here too. Like Tillamook, the main focus this week has been towards the jaws.
The Nestucca, Alsea and Siletz are producing some Chinook catches, but overall, action has been less than stellar. The current soft tide series should reveal a lot about how these fisheries are going to produce this season, and they have all been far from explosive lately. It remains a herring show in the lower reaches, but that should change as tides intensify.
Rain is expected towards the end of the weekend, but far from enough precipitation to start floating driftboats down north coast rivers. Regardless, a good deluge will be welcome, and should inspire a strong push of fish into most north coast estuaries. Coho should start heading up the Trask and North Fork Nehalem systems no matter how little rain we get, as long as there is a slight river rise. Mid-September should be peak season in the estuaries that harbor hatchery runs of coho.
Ocean crabbing is epic. If you can’t take a limit of crab, something is wrong with you or your gear. Bay crabbing is excellent as well, but limits will take a bit more effort, but still quite likely.
Another all-depth halibut opener on the 15th and 16th. Catches should be good, especially out of Newport.
Bottomfishing coast-wide closes starting Monday. It’s been an impressive year, but with poor ocean salmon success and an absence of albacore, the fleet had to focus on something in the salt. The deep reef option is up in the air, but a decision is forthcoming.
Southwest – From TGF’s friend Pete Heley (PeteHeley.com) – As of 9/13/17 Oregon’s recreational bottomfish season will close to all species but flatfish as of Sunday, Sept. 17 at 11:59 p.m. because the quotas for several species have been reached.
Several ocean fishing opportunities remain available, including: Flatfish, such as sanddabs and petrale sole (not including halibut, which are considered separately).
Crabbing in oceans and bays, which has been excellent lately. Tuna, which are starting to come closer to shore in southern Oregon now.
For more information on Oregon’s marine resources and fisheries, please see: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/
The nonselective ocean coho season closed last Thursday evening due to the quota being met. The 7,900 coho quota went quickly despite two of the six days being virtually unfishable.
The first two days of the nonselective ocean coho catch was included in the data for the week of August 28th through Sept. 3rd and the most productive ports were Pacific City with 1.20 salmon per angler trip and Newport with with 1.17 salmon per angler trip. The least productive port was Charleston with 0.15 salmon per angler trip. Winchester Bay averaged .32 salmon per angler trip.
On a somewhat brighter note, the bank salmon fishery at Winchester Bay is becoming more productive with several fish or more landed each day by bank anglers using spinners.
Crabbing continues to be very good in the ocean near the Umpqua River Bar when reachable and in the lower Umpqua River near Half Moon Bay.
California’s Pacific Halibut season ended on Sepember 10th when the state’s entire quota of 34,580 pounds was met.
Eel Lake continues to produce good crappie fishing, but the best catches are now being made by boat anglers fishing areas of the lake away from the fishing dock at Tugman Park.
There has been no reports of striper fishing success on the Smith and Umpqua rivers, but that is to be expected as striper anglers tend to be a very close-mouthed group.
Eastern – From our friend Tim Moran
Deschutes River – Fall fishing is here (even though it’s technically still summer) and the trout fishing on the big ‘D” is good and will only get better! lot’s of caddis, aquatic moth and BWO’s and the rain that’s forecast for this weekend will only make fishing better as may fly hatches between showers can really set these fish off!
John Day River – flows are low enough now that you can walk the river in many places (like right down the middle). This is great cast and blast fishing and dove hunting…just make sure you’re on public land or have a ranchers permission to hunt.
Metolius River – It’s September…probably the best month of the year to fish the Met. Smoke comes and goes but the river is open and the summer crowds are gone! Fall Drakes, PMD’s and Mahogany Dunns are all coming off right now and this is the best time of the year to get em’ on dries!
Cascade Lakes – Brown trout at Wickiup will start to stage in the arms for their fall spawn as well as to dine on kokanee and their eggs.
SW Washington – From the WDF&W web site:
Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Bridge downstream: 19 boats/56 rods kept 12 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook, 2 steelhead and 2 coho and released 20 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook and 1 steelhead. 2 bank anglers had no catch.
From the I-5 Bridge upstream: 10 bank anglers kept 2 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook. No boats were sampled.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,220 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, September 11. Water visibility is 13 feet and water temperature is 54.9 degrees F. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.
Drano Lake – 45 boat anglers kept 16 adult and 1 jack fall Chinook, 1 adult and 1 jack coho, and released 2 adult Chinook and 3 steelhead. There were 39 boats here last Saturday morning.
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