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Date 13-Oct-16
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Conditions : WILLAMETTE RIVER: It remains somewhat of an in-between time for fishing on the lower Willamette as spring Chinook and summer steelhead angling come to a close, although a few coho have begun to show around the mouth of the Clackamas River. Anglers will 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. Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon remains as another option for Willamette River anglers.

The summer steelhead counts continue at Willamette Falls with the Oct. 10 cumulative passage showing 21,686 while adult coho passage was at 2,070 and adult fall Chinook passage was 977.

USGS hydrological data for the Willamette River on Oct. 11 has flows increasing to 10,000 cfs, the water temperature falling to 58°F, and visibility dropping to 6.5 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. Steelhead anglers have been having success recently with a bobber and jig 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.

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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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