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Date 14-Apr-17
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: Lower Willamette salmon anglers were rejoicing last week as the river became fishable for the first time this season, with lower flows and much cleaner water. Flows are still a bit high due to spring runoff and the high Columbia River backing the water up a bit, but regardless the conditions have definitely come into shape for springer fishing. As a result ODFW personnel observed a considerable increase in effort late last week and this past weekend, with the lower and middle river receiving much of the attention

The greatly increased effort produced a couple of fair catch days, mainly in the Sellwood area and at the head of Multnomah Channel as would be expected. However overall the fishing would likely be rated slow so far as things just get kicked into gear for this weather-delayed spring Chinook season. ODFW samplers recorded 37 Chinook kept for 179 boats in the lower river (St. Johns to Bayport), 27 Chinook kept for 125 boats in the middle river, and 5 Chinook kept for 22 boats in the Oregon city/ Gladstone area. There were also a few sturgeon anglers out doing fairly well on “catch and release” fishing with sublegals, legals, and oversize hooked.

Winter steelhead passage continues to be very slow but at least we can finally say that a couple of spring Chinook passed late last week. Through April 8th there have been 663 winter steelhead make their way into the upper Willamette via the fish ladder, a very low number for this date, along with 15 summer steelhead.

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on April 10 has flows down at 27,800 cfs, the water temperature near 50°F, and visibility greatly improved at 3.5 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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