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Willamette River Sponsored by
Date 28-Aug-15
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: The Willamette River below Willamette Falls remains closed to fishing for coldwater fish – trout, steelhead, salmon and sturgeon. The area remains open to fishing for crappie, bluegill, catfish and other warmwater species under normal fishing hours.

Above Willamette Falls, the river is currently open to all fishing until 2 p.m. when it closes under the statewide fishing hours restrictions adopted to protect fish during drought conditions. Anglers are encouraged to fish early in the day.

Daily counts at the Willamette Falls fish ladder have switched from spring Chinook to fall Chinook as springer counts are officially over for 2015. The final unofficial tally ending Aug. 15 shows 51,046 adult spring Chinook passed through the ladder at the falls, a total well above preseason expectations. The same scenario does not apply for summer steelhead as the overall count on summers continues at a somewhat dismal number.

Hydrological numbers for the Willamette on Aug. 24 show flows down at 5,320 cfs, a water temperature in Oregon City steady near 76°, and visibility exceptional at 8.2 ft.Middle Fork - The Middle Fork Willamette River above Hills Creek Reservoir is open to catch-and-release fishing for trout through Oct. 31. This reach of river is not stocked, although there may be some adipose fin-clipped trout originating from the reservoir available for harvest in the lower river reach. Gear use is limited to flies and lures. The Middle Fork Willamette and its tributaries above Lookout Point Reservoir remain open to fishing under normal hours.

Reported by: Oregon D.F.W


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About: - The Willamette offers many warm water fishing opportunities to turn to when salmon or sturgeon are not available. Look for bass, crappie, or bluegill around rocky outcroppings and other structure such as old pilings or fallen trees. The local tackle shops should be able to set you up with the gear you need, as well as provide some expertise on the best places to try.

Misc Info: - Anglers are now allowed to keep up to three coho per day under a new “bonus bag” rule that took effect Sept. 1. Below Willamette Falls, anglers on the Willamette were already permitted under permanent rules to keep two fin-clipped adult salmon or steelhead in any combination. The new “bonus bag” rule allows retention of a third fish, as long as it is a hatchery coho, denoted by a clipped adipose fin.


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