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Date 12-Jul-19
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: Hydrological data for the Willamette at Willamette Falls on July 8 showed flows declining further to 7,120 cfs, visibility high for the Willamette at 7.8 ft., and a water temperature edging back up a couple degrees over the past week to 70 degrees.

For all intents and purposes spring Chinook and summer steelhead fishing on the lower Willamette is done for the year. Willamette Falls spring Chinook counts are tracking to be the lowest in more than 10 years. Through June 28, only 3,560 had moved upstream compared to the 10-year average of 32,869 for the same period. Summer steelhead counts are also near record lows. Through June 28, only 3,560 had moved upstream as compared to the 10-year average of 12,614. The summer steelhead count over the past 10 years has been highly variable, though, ranging from a low of 1,603 in 2017 to a high of 21,614 for the period.

Warmwater fishing is probably the best option for anglers in the lower Willamette at this time, Multnomah Channel and surrounding sloughs during the spring and on into the summer. Look for warmwater species around bridges, pilings, wing dams, and other structures, which can be good spots to find walleye, crappie, and bass, which are plentiful in the Willamette.

Further upstream, the section between Albany and Harrisburg is open year-round for trout fishing, which can be very good when flows are cooperating.

Middle Fork - Spring Chinook fishing remains decent below Dexter Dam.

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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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