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Date 28-Aug-14
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: As is the norm for late August, fishing activity on the lower Willamette decreases considerably while the warm weather brings out large numbers of recreational users. On any given summer day the Willamette River is crowded with boaters and jet skiers, so early morning fishing is the best bet. When school resumes next week the crowds should dwindle during weekdays.

Most of the salmon anglers have moved over to the lower Columbia and Buoy 10 but local anglers will also find there are plenty of warm water fishing opportunities on the Willamette for bass and small pan fish, working the rocky shorelines and around areas with structure, particularly near Cedar Island and Milwaukie.

Passage counts at Willamette Falls have ended for spring Chinook and switched over to wild fall Chinook. The summer steelhead passage continues however with counts marching on slow but steady; we are still waiting for the first coho to move through the ladder. A total of 30,071 adult spring Chinook passed this season while the summer steelhead have reached 21,421 counted up through the Aug 21 date. The counts for spring Chinook officially end on Aug. 15 so barring any corrections that will be the final count for 2014.

Monday hydrological data shows the Willamette flows at 7,750 cfs, the water temperature steady near 73°, and visibility at an astoundingly clear 8.8 feet.

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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