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Willamette River Sponsored by
Date 18-Jul-14
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: Fishing effort has dropped off in the lower Willamette as would be expected in the middle of a warm July. There’s been very little fishing effort in recent days while the warm weather brings out large numbers of recreational users, as is usual moving into the summer months. On any given summer day the Willamette River is a popular spot for boaters and jet skiers, so early morning fishing is the best bet.

There’s still a very small contingent of boats working the river for salmon and anglers are picking up an occasional springer, mostly down in the St Johns area near the head of Multnomah Channel. Anglers will also find there are warm water fishing opportunities on the Willamette for bass and small pan fish, working the rocky shorelines and around areas with structure.

Spring Chinook passage at Willamette Falls has held steady over the week with 100-200 fish per day moving in early July. The summer steelhead passage has been extremely steady, with counts still running ahead of last year for the same date. As of July 1, a total of 27,302 adult spring Chinook have passed while the summer steelhead have reached 17,514 counted up through the July 1 date. Look for summer steelhead in the shallower runs of the Willamette River downstream of the Clackamas. Use small plugs, side drift eggs, or bobber and jig for summers as the water temperature picks up through May and early June.

Monday hydrological data shows the Willamette flows falling some at 7,900 cfs, the water temperature moving up to a very warm 77°, and visibility still great at 7.0 feet.

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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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