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Willamette River Sponsored by
Date 22-Jan-15
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: For anglers interested in sturgeon fishing, the “catch-and-release” sturgeon fishery continues to provide some steady action with the St. Johns area and Milwaukie offering the best chance for success. The winter Willamette water conditions don’t really have an impact on the sturgeon fishery and some say the turbid water improves catch.

Once the water conditions improve after the weekend rains anglers can anticipate better angling as fresh winter steelhead make their way towards the Clackamas River; an occasional winter steelhead has been landed along Meldrum Bar and near the Clackamas River mouth at the “blacktop.” Also of considerable interest is the fact that a handful of spring Chinook have already been recorded in the catch.

Passage counting at Willamette Falls for coho is about over, although a late straggler or two could swim by. There has been one coho pass at the falls in nearly four weeks. Counts are well underway for winter steelhead and were showing some signs of life before the high, turbid water arrived early this week. Once the river settles back down passage will improve heading into late January. The total passage of winter steelhead through January 15 stands at 570.

Hydrological numbers for the Willamette on Jan. 20 show flows up quite a bit at 56,100 cfs, a water temperature in Oregon City up some near 48°, and visibility much very poor at less than 1.0 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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