Willamette Valley/Metro – With continued high water in the Willamette, interest and success have continued to wane, at least in the middle and upper reaches of the river downstream of Willamette Falls. The Multnomah Channel continues to churn out the best catches, with anglers taking advantage of a high Columbia River that is backing up flows in the lower Willamette, and sending them down the Multnomah Channel. The extra flow is allowing anchor anglers to take advantage of bait wrapped plugs on the outgoing tide, when mainstem springers are also nosing into the lower reaches.
Passage at Willamette Falls remains alarming, but counts will likely increase in the coming weeks. Catches of spring Chinook are weak in Oregon City. Shad have arrived however, but anglers are having a hard time finding flow strong enough to anchor in. Some anglers are trolling with success. Use shad darts or Dick Nite spoons for best action, sunny days are always most productive.
For the 2nd week in a row, Clackamas River anglers recorded no spring Chinook in what should be peak season for the system. Clackamas River bank anglers had a good week for steelhead however, with nearly 1 caught for every 5 rods of effort. Boat anglers picked up a few as well.
The Sandy River is also yielding some spring Chinook and fair catches of summer steelhead.
A Columbia River spring Chinook run size update is forthcoming. Numbers are Bonneville are improving, but aren’t expected to reach pre-season predictions. The run is tracking ahead of last year, but jack counts are down, which could spell trouble for next year. Summer steelhead counts are improving from last year as well and rumors of good catches in the lower river are certainly possible. Shad are starting to show as well.
Sheridan Pond, Henry Hagg Lake, Huddleston Pond, Silver Creek Reservoir, Timber Lake, Timothy Meadows and the Yamhill River are slated for trout stocking this week. Both trophy and legal sized trout are being stocked and should provide excellent weekend options for families.
From Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920), of O2BFISHN Guide Service – This week’s Sandy river report is promising. We captured pictures of two nice springers caught on the sandy this week. They were caught on blue body spinner with silver blade size 4.
The lower river is still a lake and should stay that way until Bonneville dam stops spillage. You will find a lot of sleds trolling in the lower river for they and troll and not have to worry about hitting their props.
The summer steelhead have been running in the 5 to 7lbs weight class and the springers have been running in the 10 to 16 lbs. weight class with a few natives running in the upper teens.
Northwest Oregon – Spring Chinook success remains sporadic, but as we near peak season, catch rates will improve. Weekend tides favor lower bay fishing, making the jaws and adjacent ocean area the best bet for spring Chinook anglers.
Another all-depth halibut opener runs from today through Saturday. Newport is the likely hot spot, but Garibaldi should also produce some catches. Bottomfishing for sea bass is slam dunk, but lingcod seem elusive these days. The offshore forecast looks favorable, but watch late morning NW winds as they can make the ride home uncomfortable.
River anglers are coming across some spring Chinook and summer steelhead in the Trask, Wilson and Nestucca Rivers. Low water conditions are making fish skittish however, with no reprieve in sight.
Astoria area – Razor clam diggers fared well on the last tide series. The next one won’t happen until the last week of May.
Sturgeon anglers in the Astoria area are starting to see improved catch rates, but far from consistent success. The best action is taking place above Tongue Point.
Southwest – From ODF&W
Reports from the Central Coast last week were that rockfish were off the bite. Those that were caught had stomachs full of crab larvae. Lingcod success is marginal, limits are being caught but it takes a lot of time and work.
The longleader gear fishery outside of the 40 fathom regulatory line has been authorized to continue in April through September. Recent catches from the offshore longleader trips often consist of a nice grade of yellowtail, widow and canary rockfishes.
Halibut – The Columbia River Subarea nearshore fishery open days per week expands to seven days starting on Thursday, May 24, 2018. In the Central Oregon Coast Subarea, the next fixed all-depth dates are May 24-26; followed by June 7-9 and June 21-23. The Southern Oregon Subarea remains open seven days per week.
Sport salmon fishing for Chinook is open in ocean waters from Cape Falcon (just North of Nehalem Bay) to the Oregon/California border for two salmon per day (all salmon except coho). Minimum sizes are 24-inches for Chinook and 20-inches for steelhead.
Salmon fishing has generally been slow to date, but last week catches bumped up to about one Chinook per three anglers.
Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports – From our friend Tim Moran:
Deschutes River – It’s the peak of the salmon/golden stone hatch so the fishing should be great at certain parts of the day.
Crane Prairie – Crane is producing a few fish a day for those who are willing to put in the work.
Lava Lake – The usual bait spots (Velvetta Point) is taking fish on Power Bait and worm egg combo’s and it’s been really good for the fly guy’s too.
East Lake – the report from East is the lake is turning over and is very cold on the surface. Until it stabilizes I’d fish other options ie. Lava, Crane, S. Twin.
Odell – Odell was great last week. I haven’t gotten a report so that means it’s probably still good and no one is talking.
Prineville Reservoir – Fishing is good at Prineville for crappie and rainbows. The crappie are hitting jigs tipped with a little worm or Berkley nuggets.
SW Washington – From WDF&W
Anglers can catch and keep white sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary for eight days in May and two days in June.
The lower Columbia River is open to fishing for hatchery steelhead and hatchery chinook jack salmon from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point upriver to the I-5.
Key tributaries to watch this month are the Klickitat River, Wind River and Drano Lake, said Joe Hymer, a WDFW fish biologist.
Anglers are catching some nice spring chinook and hatchery steelhead on the Cowlitz River and other tributaries below Bonneville Dam.
Several streams will open to fishing May 26, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. They include Canyon Creek in Clark County (if road access allows); the upper Little White Salmon River in Skamania County; and Spring Creek in Klickitat County. Due to recovery efforts of the Oregon spotted frog, Outlet and Bird creeks in Klickitat County will not be stocked this year.