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Date 10-Oct-18
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: Coho continue to move over the falls in decent numbers but conditions are finally coming into shape for a good opportunity to target wild coho. Coho are not listed once they pass the Falls since they are not native to the basin upstream. ODFW allows harvest of unmarked coho year-round upstream of the Falls so give it a try as conditions are ideal. Target fish at the mouths of the Tualatin, Yamhill, Molalla, and Santiam rivers.

Last week 522 adult coho moved over the falls into the upper Willamette and many of these fish will now hold at the tributary mouths waiting for the next rain to arrive. Summer steelhead passage continues to drop as the migratory season for summers is nearly over, bringing the season total to 9,205 as of October 3.

Warmwater fishing can be a viable alternative for anglers who want to enjoy the fall weather in the lower Willamette, Multnomah Channel and surrounding sloughs and still have the possibility of landing some nice fish. Successful warmwater anglers tend to fish around bridges, pilings, wing dams, and other structures, which can be good spots to find warmwater fish.

Hydrological data for the Willamette at Willamette Falls on Oct. 8 showed flows jumping to 8,160 following several days of rain, with the water temperature holding at 62° F.

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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