Willamette Valley/Metro – Despite coho and steelhead season open on the mainstem, there isn’t much opportunity to grab onto. Anglers will be in a holding pattern until late March, in anticipation of spring Chinook.
Counts at Willamette Falls show only6 Coho since the first of November and not enough of them to really make a topic. For the best entertainment and fun fishing, try for sturgeon. A little more Challenging but as cooperative as they ever get. Smallmouth are also available here.
McKenzie fly fishers can look forward to beautiful fall foliage and fine water conditions. Trout fishing is expected to be good here but don’t bet any big money on bringing home a steelhead from the Mack.
The Santiams are moving as one, an unusual situation as these rivers are independent as are the levels and flows – usually. Most anglers target steelhead here but as this isn’t a strong year, try trout.
Water level and flow on the Clackamas will be dropping for a couple of days. There are few coho remaining to target but summer steelhead linger here.
According to our Man on the Sandy, Pro fishing guide Jeff Stoeger of O2BFISHN Guide Service (503-704-7920), coho numbers are still pretty good here and it’s expected to provide fair fishing this weekend.
Northwest – Despite what is historically peak season for fall Chinook, with so much early high water this year, it may still be peak season, just not on that many rivers.
The Wilson and Kilchis Rivers remains the best option, but the Kilchis and Miami River should still have chum salmon available as well. Anglers are not legal to target chum after November 15th. Don’t overlook the Trask; it too can produce fair late season bright Chinook fishing.
Tillamook Bay anglers are struggling, Chinook have just too easy of an access point at the mouths of these river systems. Bay action is ramping down significantly. That does not mean however the run is over. Trollers can take Chinook on herring well into December.
Anglers fishing the river systems on the north coast may not be too surprised to find slim pickings. All these rivers are well seeded with Chinook, but they got seeded early and most of the fish are nearing their spawning phase.
The Nestucca, Salmon River, Nehalem, and Alsea rivers are fading quickly. Some have been done for weeks already. The North Fork Nehalem Hatchery is reporting only a rare hatchery coho. Anglers are anxiously awaiting the steelhead return.
Crabbers did fair last weekend but extreme tides this weekend will not do anyone any favors. As is typically the case this time of year, the lower Columbia River produced good catches, but that certainly wasn’t the case for everyone.
Don’t go razor clam digging, it remains closed as razors remain toxic for human consumption. Hopefully, we’ll get back after them soon.
Southwest – Crabbing is now closed in the ocean and no offshore trapping of Dungeness will be allowed until the 1st of December.
While fishing at Siltcoos Lake has disappointed many since it opened for wild coho, catches indicate some improvement this week.
Outdoor writer, publisher and Reedsport local, Pete Heley (peteheley.com) reports this week that some yellow perch have come from Tenmile Lake but another nearby lake probably holds the new state record. Pete also reminds us that we’ll be getting four additional days along with Free Fishing Weekend; Nov. 25-26, the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2017.
Despite slow fishing, trollers are still trying in Rogue Bay. Water levels on the lower Rogue are dropping – rapidly. A few steelhead are being taken on the Grants Pass stretch while better catches are coming from the upper Rogue. Bait may be used above Shady Cove Boat Ramp now.
Water level and flow on the Chetco River has been dropping since November 5th. This would be a good river to try for Fall Chinook
Water conditions change rapidly on small rivers like the Elk and Sixes. Chinook fishing has been god at one or the other whenever water conditions are decent.
Eastern – Steelheading is slow on the Deschutes, Fortunately, those redside trout for which the D is also well-known, are in greater number.
The Pacific Northwest Fly Tyers Rendezvous will take place Saturday, November 13th at The Jackson Armory near the Portland Airport.
Steelhead are being caught on the John Day River but fishing is reported as slow to fair. Most anglers use a bobber and sand shrimp.
SW Washington – Although anglers are having to work hard for success, district streams are still offering some coho and Chinook for both bank and boat anglers.
Coho is the primary target on most streams with Cowlitz River anglers with a coho for every 2 boats and for every 5 rods fishing from the bank. The North Fork of the Lewis has both coho and Chinook available.
Klickitat anglers are finding some coho and an occasional Chinook, but action should fade soon. It was a sub-par run, for sure.
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