Oregon Fishing Report for July 14th

Willamette Valley/Metro – The summer Chinook fishery on the mainstem Columbia is tapering… quick. Catch rates are sub-par, with the best fishing still taking place at Bonneville Dam. Summer steelhead aren’t much better, with very few reported from either the boat or bank fishery.

The Willamette River at the head of the channel is still booting out a few spring and summer Chinook to flasher and spinner trollers. This fishery is due to taper, especially with the Columbia summer run slowing. Spring Chinook in the rest of the river is over.

Shad fishing is finally slowing in the Oregon City area. This fishery posted good numbers this year.

The Sandy and Clackamas Rivers are inundated with rafters and swimmers. You have to be early to have a chance at success.

Bass and panfish are in full swing on the Willamette Right now, it’ll be that way for the remainder of the season.

Northwest – Bottomfishing remains the highlight on the north coast, south of Cape Falcon anyway. The coho bite out of Garibaldi, Pacific City and Newport remains challenging, but some are getting them. Association of Northwest Steelheaders President Bill Kremers had a 3-coho day today (Thursday), but stated no one else that came into port had any coho.

Ocean crabbing remains outstanding, but the bulk of the catch are soft-shelled. Bay crabbing is fair on all north coast estuaries.

Spring Chinook in most north coast river systems is effectively over, with the river as low as it is these days. Even early morning anglers aren’t scoring much these days. Summer steelhead fishing on the Nestucca and Wilson isn’t much better, but swimmers avoid the water where these fish lay, so at least you have a chance.

The Chinook bite off of the Long Beach Peninsula has drastically tapered, but coho off of the CR Buoy has kicked off. The bite tapers quickly after an early morning bite, but persistent anglers can take limits. Be prepared to weed through wild fish to get your keepers. Crabbing out of the Columbia isn’t that impressive.

Catch and release sturgeon fishing remains excellent. It’s quickly turning into an anchovy bite, but sand shrimp will still work.

Southwest – From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com

A proposal to not require 17 and 18 year olds to have licenses to sportfsh in California did not pass out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is effectively dead. Opponents of the bill argued that the state could not afford to lose the 1.55 million dollars it receives each year from the sale of more than 22,000 fishing licenses and related tags to 16 and 17 year olds.

The current issue of Bassmaster Magazine features the top 100 bass lakes in America – and then features bass fisheries in Mexico and Africa that serve to make the “top 100 list” less meaningful. The list is broken down into four sections or regions of 25 bass fisheries each. They are: Central; Northeastern; Southeastern and Central.

#13 – Siltcoos Lake in southwest Oregon; #15 – Potholes Reservoir in southeast Washington; #17 – Tenmile Lakes in southwest Oregon – althouth the surface acreage quoted was only for South Tenmile Lake and doesn’t include the approximately 1,100 surface acres in North Tenmile Lake.

#18 – Moses Lake in southeast Washington; #19 – C.J. Strike Reservoir in Idaho; #21 – Brownlee Reservoir, shared by Oregon and Idaho; #25 – Noxon Rapids Reservoir in southwest Montana.

The central Oregon coast spring all-depth halibut quota has been reached and the summer all-depth fishery will start on August 4th and 5th and be on Fridays and Saturdays until the summer quota is reached.

Although the season is winding down, good catches of shad are still being made throughout the Umpqua River. Fishing for redtailed surfperch or “pinkfin” was good last week upriver of Winchester Bay, but not as good as it was the preceding week.

As for yellow perch, Tenmile Lake has been providing fair fishing for perch to nine inches. The largest yellow perch caught recently have come from Siltcoos Lake – but there doesn’t seem to be many of them. Loon Lake is offering excellent fishing for bluegill, good fishing for largemouth bass, fair fishing for crappies and uncaught planted rainbow trout.

Fishing has been surprisingly good for ocean coho, but, as expected, wild coho are dominating the catch. A few chinooks have also been caught by ocean salmon seekers. Through July 2nd, Winchester Bay has been the Oregon’s busiest salmon fishing port and has produced approximately three times as many retained coho as any other Oregon port south of the Columbia River.

Eastern – Avid angler Tim Moran writes: “The Lower Deschutes is still fishing good.  Temps are down a bit so that helps.  during the day fishing PMD nymphs, caddis puppa’s and prince nymphs are scoring rainbows to 15 inches.  As soon as the sun gets off the water start looking for the evening hatches to start.

Steelhead fishing on the Deschutes on the other hand is poor. Several guides have reported very poor results for steelhead, with water temperatures hovering in the high 60 degree mark, even tipping into the low 70 degree mark. Far more bass are falling to fishing gear than steelhead. It’s a bit of a sad affair.

East lake is in full bloom – and not the good kind. The lake has turned over and there is a lot of slime and a pine pollen covering the lake at times.

Fly guys, try wind drifting with a sinking line and a small nymph with a red rock worm tied 20” behind.  You’ll get trout and kokanee to hit it.

Crane Prairie is really holding up.  The fish are in the channels – Rock Creek, Cultus and Quin River are all fishing well.

Reports from some of the fly shops are that the fishing is also good on the Metolius and Crooked. Check in at “The Fly Fisher’s Place” in Sisters to get all the up to the minute details! 

SW Washington – From the WDF&W web site:

Cowlitz River – I-5 Bridge downstream: 2 boat and 25 bank rods had no catch. Above the I-5 Bridge: 142 boat rods kept 4 adult spring Chinook, 37 steelhead, and 1 cutthroat and released 26 cutthroats. 155 bank rods kept 26 adult spring Chinook and 10 steelhead and released 4 adult and 2 jack spring Chinook, 1 steelhead, and 1 cutthroat.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – During the first nine days of July we sampled 1,081 salmonid anglers (including 183 boats) with 72 adult and 4 jack summer Chinook, 82 steelhead, and 1 sockeye. 26 (36%) of the adult summer Chinook were kept (remember, adult Chinook had to be released through July 6). 52 (63%) of the steelhead and the lone sockeye were kept.

Tri-cities Area Summer Chinook & Sockeye Fishery – WDFW staff interviewed 58 anglers from 30 boats this past week with a reported catch of 1 adult chinook and 24 sockeye. For the week an estimated 12 adult summer chinook and 300 sockeye were harvested. For the season there have been 2,144 angler trips for sockeye/summer chinook with 107 adult hatchery chinook, 23 chinook jacks, and 885 sockeye harvested. Area fisheries will continue to be open to fishing for hatchery summer chinook through August 15.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem below the Marker 82 line – 50 sturgeon anglers (including 15 boats) were sampled with 37 legals released.

Shad

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – 188 anglers (including 2 boats) kept 601 shad and released 16 fish.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – 21 walleye anglers (10 boats) kept 6 walleye.

The Guide’s Forecast has much more detailed reports for our paid members.  If you fish regularly in Oregon and have not had a look you should.  Try this.

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