WILLAMETTE RIVER: A few wild winter steelhead have been crossing the falls but in such low numbers that crossings dont represent much of a fishery. Since the beginning of the year just 299 wild winters have been recorded at ODFWs fish counting station.
Spring Chinook have yet to make an appearance. The early springers usually start to show up in mid-February, so it wont be long.
Warmwater fishing remains as a viable option for anglers in the lower Willamette as does catch-and-release white sturgeon fishing, which can be good this time of year.
Farther upstream, the section between Albany and Harrisburg is open year-round for trout fishing, which can be very good when flows are cooperating. Anglers may keep two trout per day.
Hydrological data for the Willamette at Willamette Falls on Jan. 15 showed flows at 53,900 cfs, visibility at less than 1 ft., and a water temperature at 41 degrees.