Oregon & SW Washington Fishing Report

Willamette Valley/Metro – Chinook fishing on the lower Columbia from
Longview to Portland is peaking right now. Although success rates vary day to
day, success is good for anchor anglers working wobblers in 30 to 50 foot of
water. Anglers will lose access to chinook in waters downstream of Warrior Rock
beginning September 12th but fishing upstream of this deadline
should remain productive into October. Nearly 20,000 adult chinook per day are
crossing Bonneville Dam.


With water temperature in the mid-60s, coho continue to cross
Willamette Falls. The best chance for a hookup is for steelhead on the Middle
Fork or Town Run.

Trout fishing and steelheading is fair on the McKenzie. Parking will be closed at the Upper McKenzie River
Trailhead until construction is completed in October.

The North Santiam is on the rise from water release at Detroit and
rising water is not conducive to good fishing. South Santiam steelheading has
been challenging despite decent numbers in the river.

Fishing has been slow for coho on the Clackamas although crowds are forming at
the Bowling Alley. A few can be seen rolling but it will be a week or two
before fishing is worthwhile. Water temperatures will play a role in angler

There are a few coho being taken at the Sandy now. Try spinners or drifted roe
in the early morning for best results. Adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon may
also be retained with the extreme lower portions of the river the most likely
place of interception.

Estacada Lake, Faraday Lake, North Fork Reservoir and Small Fry Lake are
scheduled for trout stocking.

Northwest – After a banner
week of coho fishing downstream of Tongue Point and a short-lived chinook bite
upstream, action in the Buoy 10 fishery has slowed dramatically. Although tens
of thousands more coho are due back to the river, the run size is down from
previous years so success should remain mediocre. Trolled bait will remain the
best option, targeting coho on the Washington side of the river both upstream
and downstream of the Astoria Bridge.


Ocean fishers will continue
to struggle for hatchery coho although September can often bring good success
for “B” run hatchery fish destined for Washington State hatcheries later in
October. Crabbing should improve in the nearshore and is excellent in the lower
Columbia during soft tide exchanges near Buoy’s 20 and 22 on the Oregon side.


Early September can be an
excellent time to target albacore tuna 20 to 30 miles offshore and the ocean
forecast looks favorable through the weekend. Tuna will respond best to live
anchovies but will spook easily is not approached in a stealthy manner.


Chinook catches are
improving in the Tillamook district. Quality fish have been taken in upper
Tillamook Bay and in the bubble outside of the mouth. Strong afternoon tides
favor upper bay fishers over the weekend but early mornings should be
productive near the bay entrance as well.


A few chinook are nosing
into Nehalem Bay but this fishery remains restrictive so check regulations
before participating. The Nestucca River remains closed to salmon angling until
after this week. It’s scheduled to open September 16th although
catches are expected to be light.


The Salmon River near
Lincoln City should be heating up with a fair return expected back to the
hatchery this season. A stronger tide series should favor bobber and bait
anglers in the upper tidewater and near Highway 101.


Alsea River anglers saw good
catches near the mouth on Saturday but the fishery has remained sporadic since.
Action will likely remain hit or miss into early October. Crabbing is good.


Southwest – Albacore are being caught
30 to 35 miles off the central Oregon coast.

Salmon fishing is slow to fair for trollers in Coos Bay although Marshfield
Channel is getting a great deal of boat traffic.

Trollers are taking fair to good numbers of fall chinook on herring or
anchovies in the lower Umpqua River. Dungeness limits are being taken offshore
in 60 to 80 feet of water. Boats are making successful tuna runs out of Winchester

Chinook fishing is very slow on the lower Rogue and in the estuary. Anglers on
the Grants Pass stretch are landing large, bright chinook. The upper Rogue is
fair for steelhead, closed for chinook and only flies may be used.

Coquille trollers are taking chinook and coho. One wild coho may be retained
per day here, up to five for the season.

When the ocean laid down over the past week, bottom fishers have caught limits
of rockfish just outside the jaws at Brookings. Ling cod catches have been
light but the fish are good quality.

Enter early for the salmon derby running October 1st through 12th
during the Chetco bobble fishery opener. There are only 200 slots available and
this one fills up in short order. Contact Mike Ramsay at Sporthaven Marina for
information or to sign up.

Diamond Lake has continued to fish well for large, fat trout.


Eastern – Fish the lower Deschutes
early or late in the day for the best shot at a steelhead hookup. Counts at
Sherars Falls are improving. Although not as productive as it used to be, the
troll fishery at the mouth should begin to produce better numbers of the larger
“B” run steelhead. Destined for Idaho tributaries, fish over 15 pounds become
more common.

Green Peter has continued to produce good-sized kokanee, most of which remain
in decent condition.


Washington –
Anglers should find ramped up opportunities on many district streams
with chinook and coho beginning to show in stronger numbers this week.


The generous 6 adult coho bag limit may be
a bit over-ambitious but anglers working the Lewis, Cowlitz, Kalama and
Washougal Rivers do have a chance for some good fishing with spinners and small
clusters of eggs a strong option.


Drano Lake anglers should find their
chances for a fall chinook increasing with big numbers crossing Bonneville.
This system, like many others in the district, now requires the release of all
non fin-clipped chinook.

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