Willamette Valley/Metro – River flows on the Willamette will slowly rise over the next several days. Winter steelhead are crossing daily. Try for sturgeon on the lower river.
McKenzie River levels, dropping over the past week, will rise with heavy weekend rainfall. Trout fishing here is slow.
The Santiams will rise this weekend, dropping starting Monday, December 22nd. With coho dark and summer steelhead far upstream, there’s little of interest here.
Clackamas water levels are forecast to reach flood stage on Monday, December 22nd. When the water drops and clears, there will be winter steelhead available.
Winter steelhead have been caught over the past week on the Sandy River, though not a great number. It’s early in the season but this weekend’s winter storm should bring in a few more.
Northwest – It’s been a bit of a bleak week for steelheaders and what few salmon anglers remain. A rough early return seems to be existing on most north coast systems and with a potential flood on the horizon, options look minimal for steelheaders ahead. It’s going to be a quiet week for steelheaders to an already challenging start to the season.
Christmas crab will be hard to come by as foul weather and flood stage rivers should wash opportunities out to sea this week. Even under ideal conditions, success was sub-par.
There are still an occasional fresh chinook hitting the decks in the Tillamook district with Tillamook Bay and the Wilson River the best options for success. That was hindsight however as the upcoming high water event will wipe out options until after Christmas if it actually comes to fruition.
Southwest- When charter boats have been able to get out of Depoe Bay and Newport, bottom fishing has been good.
Heavy rains predicted for the coming weekend will create blowout conditions on many rivers and prevent fishing efforts. As the rivers recover, fishing in many places will improve.
Crabbing has been fair to good at Winchester Bay. Chinook fishing is wrapped up for the season. Only wild steelhead are available on the Umpqua mainstem.
Crabbing and rock fishing has been good at Coos Bay. The Coos River system has produced a few winter steelhead with prospects improving as the season wears on.
Anglers have been taking winter steelhead on the lower Rogue for a couple of weeks. The middle river has been providing fair but steady catches of summer steelhead. On the upper Rogue, steelheaders may expect to catch good-quality summers mixed with spawned out down-runners.
Chinook season is over on the Chetco as these fish have pushed far upstream to the spawning grounds. Anglers here are awaiting winter steelhead.
Eastern – Boats using downriggers to fish deep water are taking good-sized lake trout at Crescent Lake.
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SW Washington- Creel checks on the Cowlitz revealed poor results for both bank and boat anglers. It should be good early season fishing on the Cowlitz but when more coho are being caught than steelhead, something seems wrong with that picture.
The Kalama remains an option for late chinook but a waning one. The high water event slated for Friday should wipe out this last chance option for the season with the exception of a possible window after Christmas.
The Klickitat is still putting out fresh coho although the quality of fish is deteriorating. It’s been an impressive year here and can’t last too much longer.