Oregon Fishing Reports for March 17th

Willamette Valley/Metro – Although far from impressive fishing, spring Chinook are more than a dream! Of course only a handful have been caught, but trollers working upstream of Davis Bar have been netting a rare, but nice sized spring Chinook. Catches are still too sparse to call the fishery viable, that’s how slow it remains, but there is hope on the horizon! Cold, high water will persist, and that won’t help anglers boat any better numbers of salmon, but there’s no better tasting fish than a March spring Chinook, and you won’t catch one on the couch!

Lower Willamette anglers should steer clear for a while as the water is too high, muddy and swift to fish. Debris washing downstream can and will take down a boat. Conditions will be improving and spring Chinook fishing will improve, eventually.

While the McKenzie River can be a fly fishers heaven, there’s gonna be nothing heavenly about the Mack over the next several days.

As has been the case with the Santiams lately, there’s too much water and not enough fish.

As the Clackamas River will be too high to fish for a while, Dave Neels of Oregon City Fisherman’s Marine (503-557-3313), sagely advises steelheaders to wait it out. Once conditions improve and springer fishing starts up again, it’ll thin out the competition on the Clack.

Sandy River levels are high and murky, but pro fishing guide Jeff Stoeger (http://guideoregon.com/) tells TGF that once conditions improve, winter steelhead will be scattered throughout.

Northwest – Two significant storm systems kept Tillamook area steelheaders largely off the water, especially in the larger, hatchery steelhead streams this week. That looks to be changing for the upcoming week.

Small stream steelheaders have been yielding mediocre results, with the Kilchis remaining one of the better options, but largely only for wild fish.

Bank anglers working the Necanicum are catching a few, and even fewer on the North Fork Nehalem and Three Rivers.

If dropping river trends continue as predicted, the weekend should fish fairly and only fairly, despite being in peak season.

East winds are predicted for early next week. That’s a long ways off for an ocean prediction however. When seas do calm, bottomfishing will be terrific.

Southwest – Author, publisher and prolific blogger, Pete Heley (peteheley.com) sends us some pretty cool information. Like where and how to catch the next record-breaking yellow perch, inside info about springers on the Umpqua, all that stuff. We don’t usually quote him here, but this week he seemed eminently quotable.

Mr. Heley wrote, “I find it reprehensible that the commissioners have not only reneged on the CRE Plan, but are attempting to convince the WDFW commissioners to do likewise. It seems that the entire amount of money collected on Columbia River Enhancement fishing license surcharges is at risk of being refunded via a class action suit.

There is a ODFW Commission meeting in Salem this week that will address the controversy – and hopefully do something about it.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, March 17 at the Benton County Fairgrounds (Guerber Hall, 110 SE 53rd Street, Corvallis) to reconsider their rules on Columbia River Fisheries Reform adopted Jan. 20. Friday’s meeting starts at 8 a.m. and follows this agenda http://ift.tt/2mU2dhD

Ocean crabbing remains open but has slowed. Crab may also be taken in bays and estuaries but results are poor following rain.

Bottom fishing has been good whenever boats can get out. Rockfish and ling cod limits are common in winter.

Oh, what a shame, the springer season hasn’t amounted to much on the lower Rogue but it’s blown out with more high water in the forecast. It’s the same for the middle and upper Rogue, unfortunately.

Chetco River levels are high (no surprise) and rising with the levels yo-yo-ing through the coming week. Plunkers should watch for opportunity windows.

Eastern – With Deschutes flows rising as they assume a muddy hue, we kindly recommend fly anglers look elsewhere for a few days.

A common situation, rising water, has been evident on the Metolius River for over a week. Runoff will make it muddy. Not the best fishing destination this weekend.

Fly fishers fond of the Fall River may soon be able to fish it as improving weather has brought warmer temperatures, which is just about keeping ahead of the snowfall.

Due to a new-ish regulation for Detroit Lake which dropped the ‘under 24 in Chinook are trout’ rule, there will no longer be a landlocked Chinook fishery. No flames; we know.

SW Washington – SW Washington anglers are starting to pick up some spring Chinook. Although lower Columbia anglers tallied just one springer for every 70 rods, by comparison, Cowlitz River anglers caught one springer for every 23 rods. Steelhead are falling in fair numbers on the Cowlitz as well.

The Kalama is still putting out some steelhead, and should continue to improve when water conditions do, but the Lewis remains exceptionally slow, and that likely won’t change until water conditions do.

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