Oregon Fishing Report
Updated for for the week of May 27th – June 2nd, 2005
Sturgeon fishing in the Astoria area is finally beginning to show signs of life. The Tongue Point area seems to be the more consistent place to fish but the water below the Astoria/Megler Bridge is beginning to show signs of promise as well. The bigger tide series opens up more opportunities for anglers to pursue these fish in the estuary.
Upriver, sturgeon fishing in the gorge remains good for keepers, shakers and now oversize fish. The oversize bite is really beginning to take off with the improved shad fishing. Shad are there for the taking and make the best fresh bait available for fish to 10 foot.
The Columbia River steelhead fishing is open but not many anglers are participating. We are on a good tide series but passage at Bonneville is not impressive enough to entice anglers to put in the time.
Spring Chinook fishing in Tillamook Bay was red-hot on Wednesday, 5/25. I use that word cautiously but I had never seen as good a bite on the bay as I did on that day. There were a lot of boats AND a lot of fish taken. A surprising amount of wild fish were released that day- which is a good thing!
Sturgeon action has slowed on Tillamook Bay but so has the effort. The tides are ripe over the weekend for sturgeon but most anglers are choosing to fish on the Columbia instead.
Crabbing on Tillamook Bay is only fair but the surf perch fishing may hold promise as long as the surf stays calm. Bottomfishing remains great out of Garibaldi.
Umpqua anglers are catching lots of sturgeon, but they’re oversized whites or short greens. Rogue springer fishermen are enjoying an unusually late run which is providing opportunities from the Hatchery Hole to tidewater.
Razor clamming remains closed on the entire Oregon coast. Check to be certain bay clams may be taken at any particular locations as partial bay closures coast-wide are now in effect. Don’t take a chance.
Willamette springer fishing is slow but steady and is not expected to change much through June unless the numbers drop off significantly.
The Sandy is slow, but producing the occasional springer and summer steelie. The Clackamas River, which looks as if it will have only a marginal run of any kind this year, is very slow.
While the Santiams are high, the water color is good. The North is producing a few summer while not much is happening yet on the South. Both will improve as levels moderate the first part of nest week.
Bass have been active in the temperate coastal lakes and with the war weather anglers will find largemouth on the prowl in the valley. Columbia pre-spawn smallies are aggressive now. Look for the upper Willamette to turn on in the next few days if the water clears
The crappie tournament is coming up at Brownlee Reservoir June 18th and 19th at Holcomb Park out of Richland. Call 341-523-3199 fro info.
Kokanee fishing is good in most of Oregon’s lakes where this specie is present. See the full-length report for details, locations and productive techniques.
This week, Henry Hagg Lake, Huddleston Pond, Silver Creek Reservoir, Timothy Meadows, Trillium Lake, Carmen Reservoir, Clear Lake, Coast Fork Willamette, E. E. Wilson Pond, Foster Reservoir, Leaburg Lake, Upper and Lower McKenzie River, Salmon Creek, Diamond Lake, Clear Lake, Kingsley Reservoir, Thompson Reservoir, Big Cultus Lake, East Lake, Lake of the Woods, North and South Twin Lakes, Ana Reservoir, Century Gravel Pit, Sprague Gravel Pit, Walton Lake, Fall River, Ochoco Creek, Shevlin Pond, Simtustus Lake and Spring Creek. have been planted with trout.
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