WILLAMETTE RIVER: Spring Chinook fishing on the lower Willamette is slowing down as effort shifts to fishing for American shad.
Willamette River mouth to Oak Grove Railroad Bridge, including Multnomah Channel 1,396 anglers harvested 132 spring Chinook. Most of the catch occurred near the head of Multnomah Channel.
From Oak Grove Railroad Bridge to Willamette Falls 413 anglers harvested 88 spring Chinook. Most of the catch occurred in the Oregon City area.
Bank anglers around Clackamette Park and Meldrum Bar, caught zero Chinook.
13 steelhead were checked between Willamette Falls and the river mouth. Mostly in the Oregon City area.
From Monday, June 11-Sunday June 17, 90 anglers between Willamette Falls and the river mouth reported releasing 476 sturgeon, including both sublegal and oversize fish.
Recreational boats are doing great for shad between Willamette Falls and the river mouth, including Multnomah Channel.
The highest catch rates occurred in the Oregon City area. The passage numbers at the Willamette Falls fish ladder indicate summer steelhead counts through June 14 stand at 5,170 fish moving upstream. Spring Chinook passage at Willamette Falls has slowed to single and double digit daily crossings though still improved for the season with a total of 17,930 adult crossings as of June 14.
USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on June 4 had flows dropping over prior week to 13,100 cfs, the water temperature holding at 62° F, and visibility improving slightly to 7.2 feet.
Middle Fork - Last week 225 spring Chinook returned to the Dexter facility for a total of 864 on the year. In addition, seven summer steelhead came in for a total of 38 thus far this year.
The Middle Fork Willamette River is open to bait below Dexter Dam only. Reminder: Restrictions from Dexter Dam to appoximately 700 ft downstream to the markers: No angling from the north shore, from a floating device, or while wading (pg 44 in regulations). This river reach is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24-inches long. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the Middle Fork Willamette below Dexter Dam.