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Date 24-Jul-15
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: The Willamette River below Willamette Falls is closed to fishing for 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 curtailment

This may be a good time to discover warm water fishing opportunities on the Willamette, which are abundant. Look for bass and small pan fish by working rocky shorelines and around areas with structure. Good sections for bass are between Albany and Buena Vista and from Independence to Salem.

Daily counts at the Willamette Falls fish ladder have shown “zeros” for over 17 days straight now, with no spring Chinook or summer steelhead crossings at ODFW’s counting station. The cumulative passage count for spring Chinook adults still stands at 50,005 through July 21. This Chinook number is well above preseason expectations. The poor summer steelhead count sits at 2,584 fish passing, or just 17 percent of the 10-year average.

Hydrological numbers for the Willamette on July 20 show flows at 5,620 cfs, a water temperature in Oregon City down a bit at 76°, and visibility very good at 7.4 ft.

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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