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Willamette River Sponsored by
Date 07-Sep-17
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: It’s that time of year for the lower Willamette when not much is happening with salmon and steelhead fishing done until coho and winter steelhead begin to show up in good numbers. Warm water fish and sturgeon are still an option.

The last day of spring Chinook passage counts was Aug. 15 at Willamette Falls while the very slow summer steelhead movement goes on. Through Aug. 31 numbers for summer steelhead stood at a very low 2,046 and the unofficial final spring Chinook count ended up at 34,186. Although it’s early the coho passage number at the Willamette Falls fish ladder stands at 12 through Aug. 31.

Anglers will find there are plenty of warm water fishing opportunities on the Willamette for bass and small pan fish, working the rocky shorelines and around areas with structure, particularly near Cedar Island and Milwaukie.

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on Sept. 5 has flows at 9,450 cfs, the water temperature at 71°F, and visibility excellent at 8.3 ft.

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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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