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Willamette River Sponsored by
Date 19-May-16
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: For the week of May 9-15, anglers retained a total of 304 Chinook in the Willamette River below the falls. Best fishing continues to be from the mouth upstream to the St. Johns Bridge, which produced 212 Springers for a total of 1,908 angler trips.

Lower Willamette Spring Chinook Fishery Results, Week of May 9-15: •Mouth to St. Johns Bridge: 212 Chinook Kept/1908 angler trips •St. Johns Bridge to Oak Grove Railroad Bridge: 25 Chinook Kept/446 anger trips •Oak Grove Railroad Bridge to Willamette Falls: 67 Chinook Kept/809 angler trips

Spring Chinook crossings at Willamette Falls have been increasing the past week, with numbers in triple digets since the beginning of the month. As of May 13, adult crossings stood at 11,121.

Summer steelhead are also moving into the system, with 3,527 crossings to date, and anglers are picking up a few, again mostly closer to the mouth.

Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeion remains as another option for Willamette River anglers.

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on May 16 shows flows at 15,400 cfs, the water temperature holding at 62° F and visibility still very good at 7.4 ft. Middle Fork - The Middle Fork Willamette River is open to bait below Dexter Dam only. This river reach is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the Middle Fork Willamette below Dexter Dam.

The Middle Fork Willamette above Lookout Point and Hills Creek reservoirs is open to angling using lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released upstream of Lookout Point Reservoir. The Middle Fork Willamette River is not stocked with hatchery trout.

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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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