WILLAMETTE RIVER: Angling activity on the lower Willamette has been slow in the lower Willamette in the aftermath of the health advisory issued by the Oregon Health Authority.
Chinook salmon anglers have moved over to the Columbia and other streams.
Passage counts at Willamette Falls have ended for spring Chinook and switched over to wild fall Chinook. The summer steelhead passage continues however with counts marching on slow but steady; we also had the first coho pass a few days ago. A total of 30,071 adult spring Chinook passed this season while the summer steelhead have reached 22.114 counted up through the Sept. 18 date. Through that same Sept. 18 date 753 coho have also passed.
Monday hydrological data shows the Willamette flows at 8,540 cfs, the water temperature steady near 68°, and visibility still at an astoundingly clear 9.2 feet.
NOTICE: The Oregon Health Authority has issued a public health advisory for the lower Willamette River following tests that showed the presence of toxic blue-green algae. Public health officials recommend that people avoid all contact with Willamette River water through downtown Portland from the Ross Island bridge to the south end of Sauvie Island. Health officials are urging people and pets to avoid all contact with Willamette River water in this area until further notice.