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Willamette River Sponsored by
Date 30-Jul-15
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: The Willamette River below Willamette Falls remains closed to fishing for coldwater fish – 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 restrictions adopted to protect fish during drought conditions. Anglers are encouraged to fish early in the day.

The Chinook crossings started July 18, with a total of 35 of them over the next week. The cumulative passage count for spring Chinook adults now stands at 50,045 through July 25. This number is well above preseason expectations for spring Chinook, and hatchery needs in the basin have been met. Summer steelhead added eight fish to their season total with eight crossings July 20-25. The poor summer steelhead count sits at 2,592, well below the 10-year average.

Hydrological numbers for the Willamette on July 27 show flows at 5,590 cfs, a water temperature in Oregon City down a bit at 76°, and visibility very good at 7.2 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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