Oregon and SW Washington Fishing

Willamette Valley/Metro- 
The mainstem recreational sportfishery is now closed from Bonneville Dam
to Buoy 10. Anglers fishing in the Tongue Point to Bonneville fishery harvested
an estimated 9,100 chinook even though catch rates were not as good as many had
predicted. The Columbia River remains open for salmon and steelhead from
Bonneville Dam upstream until the end of the year or the catch guideline is
met.

 

Willamette sturgeon fishing remains slow but Bonneville bank
anglers continue to witness improving catches. Smelt is a top bait this time of
year and catches should continue to improve into October.

 

The McKenzie is producing good catches of trout and providing fair
to good steelheading below Leaburg Dam. Trout fishing is excellent above the
dam as well.


The North Santiam will remain high for the rest of the month. Steelheading is
fair with the water temperature optimum.

With the season winding gown, anglers are picking up a few bright
steelhead on the Clackamas from McIver Park To Barton Park. Coho on the lower
river has been spotty but has provided some productive days. Fishery managers
increased the daily bag limit to 3 fin-clipped coho per day on the Clackamas
and Sandy Rivers as well as Eagle Creek due to higher than average returns to
these systems.

 

Rain is needed to turn on coho fishing on the Sandy but a few fish
are coming from the mouth where small spinners are responsible for the limited
catches.

Pro
guide Brandon Glass (503-260-8285)

reports that he’s caught a couple of coho trolling small spinners at the mouth
if the Sandy.

 

Mt. Hood College Pond, North Fork Reservoir, Small Fry Lake and
Timber Lake are scheduled to be planted with trout.
  
Northwest – Coastal fall
chinook fishing is underway on most coastal estuaries. Tillamook Bay offers the
most consistent opportunity into December and catches in the upper bay were
productive for spinner trollers on Saturday. Seaweed is prominent in the bay
making spinner trolling the more feasible technique as anglers can whip weed
from their lines and keep their gear fishing. High tide exchanges through the
weekend should offer up ample opportunity for anglers.

 

Nehalem
anglers are finding some chinook but coho catches have been pretty impressive.
The bulk of the coho are wild but the hatchery keepers have been running
exceptionally large this year. Ocean water is cold, in the mid to high 40
degree range making ocean and lower bay fishing challenging. The fish are
responding better in the warmer waters of the upper reaches of the estuary.

 

The
Nestucca and Salmon River chinook fisheries are peaking in the tidewater
sections and effort is increasing on both systems. Bobber and bait or trolled
spinners will take chinook. Tides play a critical role in the success of these
fisheries.

 

The
Columbia River near Astoria is closed to all fishing but catch and release of
sturgeon using fresh jigged anchovies for bait is excellent near Tongue Point.

 

The
Necanicum River tidewater should have some chinook available but a strong rain
is what most anglers hope for in this river system. Sea-run cutthroat trout
remains a viable catch and release option but anglers can lobby the ODF&W
commission on Friday in Forest Grove to support a regulation change for a
limited consumptive fishery on the north coast. Details are available on the
ODF&W website.

Pro guide Jeff Jackson (541-268-6944)
reports that fishing is picking up on the Siuslaw and fish are being caught
every day. 

 

In the last scheduled stocking of the year, Cape Meares Lake,
Coffenbury Lake, Lost Lake (Clatsop County), Sunset Lake, Town Lake and Foster
Reservoir will receive hatchery trout.

 

Southwest – Halibut fishing was
spotty over the weekend with Saturday too rough to allow most boats to cross
and Sunday producing mixed results. Likely the last opener of the year is
scheduled for this weekend (September 20 and 21) with a 2-fish bag limit per
angler. Tuna fishing was good over the past weekend and while waters are
cooling off the central Oregon coast, there will likely be at least one more
week of opportunity.

 

The ODFW Commission is considering proposals to either allow
recreational ocean crabbing year ’round or to extend it to mid October rather
than closing it in August.

 

Trollers are doing well for coho salmon in tidewater on the Umpqua
but not so well for chinook. Fishing has been most productive between Reedsport
and Gardner. Crabbing has been good in Winchester Bay.

 

Coos Bay and the lower river are producing mostly jacks with the
occasional adult showing in catches. Coquille anglers are seeing a higher
percentage of larger chinook.

 

The Rogue estuary is fishing well daily but the season is nearly
over at this time of year. Trollers using herring or anchovy are taking a mix
of large adults and jacks in crowded conditions. Boaters crossing into the
ocean have done well for lingcod.

 

Diamond Lake
has continued to fish well for trout to 20 inches. Early mornings have been
most productive.


Pro guide Rick Arnold
(541-480-1570)
reports that Lake Billy Chinook is fishing well for bull
trout. He has taken fish from 12 to 22 inches and one nearly 24.

 

Paulina is producing limits of foot-long-or-better bright kokanee
despite the need to sort out fish which are starting to color up as spawning
season approaches.

Central and Eastern Oregon – Pro guide
Steve Fleming (1-888-624-9424)
reports that the John Day River has
continued to  offer excellent smallmouth
bass fishing as the weather and water 
cools.

Fishing has slowed at Green Peter with the lower water level.

 

 

Eastern – Numbers of steelhead in the
Trap at Sherars Falls has been picking up as have catches on the lower
Deschutes. Fishing has been best from Mack’s Canyon to the mouth. Results for
redsides have been fair to good depending on hatch activity.


SW Washington –  Coho are starting to show on some SW
Washington tributaries. These systems typically get a stronger component of
coho in October and early November and with the mainstem gillnet fishery
targeting coho likely in jeopardy, late returning fish could flood district
rivers. The Kalama, Cowlitz, Toutle and Lewis Rivers are all possibilities over
the next 6 weeks.

 

Anglers still wanting
chinook and steelhead should concentrate efforts on the Klickitat River and
Drano Lake. The Klickitat will be peaking for chinook for just another few days
and success for steelhead is beginning to drop on Drano Lake although still a
viable fishery.

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