Willamette Valley Fishing Report – We are still a couple weeks away from productive wobbler fishing in the main stem Columbia. Desperate anglers can still target summer steelhead in the gorge and downstream to Longview. Action has only been fair however. Chinook salmon passage at Bonneville dam remains around 1500 fish a day on average. Waters of the lower Willamette remains closed for salmon, trout and steelhead. Fishing for smallmouth bass or panfish is the only option.
McKenzie flows are low but fishable with best prospects for trout high on the system. There aren’t fishable numbers of summer steelhead this year.
The low, clear waters of the Santiam system have caused fishing to crawl to a pretty much a dead stop. It’s too poor here to bother with it.
While the Clackamas is open until 2 PM above the I 205 Bridge, it is completely closed from that point to the mouth due to warm water killing most fish if they’re hooked even when properly released. It’s recommended to try elsewhere at this time.
North Coast Report – The Buoy 10 fishery is starting to reward anglers with more consistency. Chinook salmon have started to show in better numbers and those taking advantage of the tides, are finding fairly consistent success. The spinner bite is starting to improve. Offshore, out of the Columbia, salmon fishing is heating up for those that are able to get there early in the morning. Although there has been some recent success close to the river mouth, those heading north seem to be finding epic opportunity for both Chinook and Coho…
Courtesy Bob Rees