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Date 05-Mar-15
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: For anglers interested in sturgeon fishing, the “catch-and-release” sturgeon fishery remains a decent bet for hooking into fish and finding steady action with the St. Johns area and Milwaukie offering the best chance for success.

Water conditions on the Willamette have begun to look more like summer than early March as flows decrease and the visibility improves. An occasional winter steelhead has been landed at Meldrum Bar and near the Clackamas River mouth at the “blacktop”, along with a handful of spring Chinook recorded in the catch around Oregon City and in the Milwaukie area. Heading into March the springers should begin to show up in better numbers so get the gear and boat ready to hit the river.

Passage counting at Willamette Falls for coho came to close at the end of January with the unofficial final season count standing at 18,062, ending an excellent coho run for 2014-2015. The total passage of winter steelhead through March 1st stands at 2,423. As of yet no spring chinook have passed through the ladder but it’s early.

Hydrological numbers for the Willamette on March 2 show flows fairly low at 12,300 cfs, a water temperature in Oregon City near 49°, and visibility increased to 5.5 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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