WILLAMETTE RIVER: The knowlegable spring Chinook boat anglers working the Willamette are still hooking and landing bright fish down near the head of Multnomah Channel. Although reliable reports have come back with fish landed in the lower channel, the best spot is along the shipping terminals across from the channel head. Despite the time of year and some folks questioning the existence of such a late springer fishery it is indeed a valid report. ODFW saw this fishery develop several years ago but its growth and popularity has been slow to take hold. A reliable source witnessed 21 springers landed in the area on one day last week, while putting 3 bright fish in the boat themselves. Theres also the possibility of hooking into summer steelhead, mainly near the mouth of the Clackamas River where the cooler water is coming into the Willamette.
Anglers wanting to experience a fast action fishery using light tackle should try some late season shad fishing in the Willamette. The catch and effort for shad this past week by boat and bank anglers had begun to wane some but shad were still being hooked in good numbers, mainly in Oregon City up closer to the falls.
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. Reports indicate the small mouth bass fishing has been very good this spring.
As of Monday, July 1st, a partial passage count of spring Chinook adults at Willamette Falls stood at over 26,000 fish while the summer steelhead partial passage count at Willamette Falls was showing over 17,000 fish. USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on July 11 shows flows up some at 8,100 cfs, the water temperature down a tad near 70°F , and visibility still very clear at 7.6 ft.
The Middle Fork Willamette River is open to bait below Dexter Dam only. This river reach is open to retention of adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead and non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead greater than 24 inches in length. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead in the Middle Fork Willamette below Dexter Dam.
The Middle Fork Willamette above Lookout Point and Hills Creek reservoirs is open to angling using lures and artificial flies. All wild trout must be released upstream of Lookout Point Reservoir. The Middle Fork Willamette River is not stocked with hatchery trout.