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Old 02-28-2017, 10:55 AM   #1
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I think it will fish this weekend

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Old 02-28-2017, 11:07 AM   #2
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Turbidity still a little high. I like below 8, even 6-5.

https://or.water.usgs.gov/will_morri...n_tbdy_14.html

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Old 02-28-2017, 11:13 AM   #3
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All side rivers have dropped and the Tualatin is on a steep drop. I could see 1 1/2 ft. on sunday. Just saying, I will be trolling down to Columbia on Friday and maybe sat and Sunday but wont be able to post anything till Monday.
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Maybe out at Davis will be even better.

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Is this the "official" thread? All this chatter about plans to go fishing aren't official reports. Let's not start breaking the official rules about official reports for the official thread . . . heh heh heh heh . . . Oh me? I got nuthin to report. All that fast water scares me.

I was wondering when someone would step up and give us one. I think another big downpour is scheduled for the weekend . . don't know if it's going to hit Salem then us, but if it does . . we'll be off the river again.

Thanks for starting the thread.

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I wont let the turbidity at the current level keep me at home, as long as it's on the drop.
Although the river velocity was higher then I like after a couple hours trying yesterday.
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Old 02-28-2017, 02:38 PM   #8
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Saw a furbag with dinner in its mouth below the garbage hole in OC today. Looked like a undersized gator though
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My offerings (spin n glo's, coon shrimp, tuna balls and maglips) didn't get touched but I saw a native springer landed and released and one steelie keeper taken today. The water is fishable from visibility perspective. Be careful out there- I saw about 3 logs float by today.
Furbags were in full operation. 5 fish eaten across the river from where I was. Might have been small sturgeon based on how hard the sealions were thrashing them. Didn't have binoculars to see what type of fish they were.
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Working on the Sellwood again yesterday and today. Two boats working it pretty hard all day yesterday with nada. Fur bag got one in the afternoon.
Couple boats today, nothing to report yet.
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44*, almost see the prop, 5 boats of regulars at the new bridge today. Nada. But my goodness the sturgeon! Anchored a little ways above. Three hours, solo, two x 5', two x 4', three smalls. Herring.
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I got my boat out for the first time this year today, my new Garmin echomap chirp works great but no dice today. Really hoping to see turbidity under 10 in the next two weeks.

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I got out to Sellwood today for a couple hours, nice to have the bridge area completely open again. I wasn't expecting much, and didn't mark much of anything. Really more of a shakedown cruise, also used my new Garmin Echomap and really enjoyed how simple and intuitive it is compared to my dead Lowrance.
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Just saw on Facebook the sultan of sellwood John Schlemenko boated a keeper this am. Let the tournament begin
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These guys are in place up at the trap

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Sportcraft Marina, OC, 10 or so rigs in the parking lot. The giant pothole in the ramp lane is bigger than ever now that the repair on it is gone again. River looks better and fairly green, fishable.

Furbag had one again in front of the transient dock. Seagulls hovering above him for their scraps. I'm thinking the garbage hole is going to be a favorite spot this year for the furbags-it's a kill zone for them.
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Made what I call my first springer trip. Fished 2 rods for 3 hours at Freds. Water temp was 46 on the FF. Saw three fur bags working the area. Marked what I call a salmon in 20ft of water but no takers today. Fished one rod with a Mexican flag flasher with a double rig of whole herring and prawn spinner. Fished the second rod with a short bus sweet abby pulling a prawn with a willamette special blade. Water clarity was good not great but very fish able. Felt great to be back on the tiller pulling bait
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Here fishy fishy! Still no luck out there. Broke my rod casting.. Saw one caught and release and another one devoured by a sea lion. At least I saw a fish.

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Anyone heard any rumors of ODFW implementing the 2-rod rule on the Willy and its tribs again this year?

I fish alone in a kayak quite a bit, and the two rods for 2016 literally doubled my catch rate for springers last year.

I'm guessing ODFW figures they have already thrown Willy fisherfolks a bone with the return of barbed hooks, but i'd personally take two rods over barbed hooks any day.
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Anyone heard any rumors of ODFW implementing the 2-rod rule on the Willy and its tribs again this year?

I fish alone in a kayak quite a bit, and the two rods for 2016 literally doubled my catch rate for springers last year.

I'm guessing ODFW figures they have already thrown Willy fisherfolks a bone with the return of barbed hooks, but i'd personally take two rods over barbed hooks any day.
Sorry, no two rod this year.
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Water was 46 degrees and I could just see my big motor prop, but did not mark many.......When trolling by the Linnton mill beware of dead head it has limbs I was about 15ft away and both poles snagged it lost one flasher got the other back. no fish caught
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Marked two likely springers at OC today. Saw two more killed by furbags. Weather was stupid all day. Sun/snow/sun/snow/sun skunked again.
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Launched Willamette Park this morning about 830am. No other fishing boat trailers in the lot. 4-5 gypsy boats tied to the docks and the "Plum Crazy" house boat anchored. Fished the flats and down to Spaghetti Warehouse for a few hours. Nada. Marked a couple of likely Springers. Some of the holes had sturgeon stacked like cord wood. Day 2...no salmon biters yet.

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3/6/17- launched at cathedral around 7ish and at first was the only boat trailer. Shortly after we launched we were proceeded by a few other crazy fisherman deciding to face the weather! Water was definitely fishable but murky. Trolled from just upriver of the St John's bridge down to the mouth of the channel with nothing! Ran out to Davis (I know it's not the Willy) and still no love from the fish God's! Weather was indeed whacky! Snow, sun, hail, rain, sun, repeat! Oh and then very heavy rain and wind! The things we do to try catching fish!
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Thanks for the report.
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44*, almost see the prop, 5 boats of regulars at the new bridge today. Nada. But my goodness the sturgeon! Anchored a little ways above. Three hours, solo, two x 5', two x 4', three smalls. Herring.


Are you saying these sturgeon were caught near the new Tilikum crossing bridge on the Willamette?


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Are you saying these sturgeon were caught near the new Tilikum crossing bridge on the Willamette?


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anyone out last couple days? reports?

or waiting till it's on the drop/clearing up?
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anyone out last couple days? reports?

or waiting till it's on the drop/clearing up?
Willy wont fish this weekend.

https://or.water.usgs.gov/will_morri...n_tbdy_14.html

Keep in mind that on the 5th, the lowest point on the graph you could barely see your prop. Looking at another five or six days.
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I took the boat out for a quick dip this morning just to make sure everything still worked after sitting for four months. The river was real muddy, less than a foot of viz. but who knows if you sit on the hook with some good smelling bait you might get one?


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A buddy sent me a pic today of the Sportcraft Marina and parking lot. It's a lake and you'll need a boat to reach the dock to use your boat. I'd post the pic, but they usually upload sideways. I doubt the ramp will be in service Saturday for salmon and steelhead. Maybe another ramp for sturgeon fishing.

Just passing it on. You can take your chances, but I think it's a no go at Sportcraft right now.
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Drove through downtown on the way home and noticed Willamette is high but with good color. It should fish this weekend. At least it's not at flood stage.
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Turbidity looks good!
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Things are getting desperate when 3' below flood stage and 17 turbidity "looks good".

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Drove through downtown on the way home and noticed Willamette is high but with good color. It should fish this weekend. At least it's not at flood stage.
River "might" fish Sunday. Catching will be a different story.

A guy should throw what he thinks he knows out the window because the fish won't be where you typically find em.

I have a plan and time will tell if I know what I think I know?
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River "might" fish Sunday. Catching will be a different story.

A guy should throw what he thinks he knows out the window because the fish won't be where you typically find em.

I have a plan and time will tell if I know what I think I know?
I'm thinking the same thing and have a few ideas and locations I plan to try. Gonna be a new game plan I've never considered before.
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Ok, you're right. Just looking for options for the weekend. This is ridiculous. Just checked out Sportcraft Marina launch.
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Parking spots were completely covered on Sunday.
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I pity the fool...for the ones whom think the data is on their side...

Its a PT Barnum season for sure
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River "might" fish Sunday. Catching will be a different story.

A guy should throw what he thinks he knows out the window because the fish won't be where you typically find em.

I have a plan and time will tell if I know what I think I know?

You just going to leave the boat in the slip and plunk out the back?
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Nah, all he'd catch are sturgeon.

I remember netting a fish for him in high water years ago. We were one of the only boats out there. He dropped herring to the bottom, bounced once and had a fish on. We'll look to repeat on Sunday

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The river is very high and muddy.....pretty much unfishable.

At what height on the Portland gauge would it become fishable, assuming the turbidity was OK?

(I'm talking about fishable in the harbor.)
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The river is very high and muddy.....pretty much unfishable.

At what height on the Portland gauge would it become fishable, assuming the turbidity was OK?

(I'm talking about fishable in the harbor.)
Personally I prefer the Oregon City gauge between 10.5 and 13.5
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Its a PT Barnum season for sure
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Even as the Willamette turbidity moves in the right direction and the Willamette and Clackamas flows move downward, is it true that the extreme Columbia level will back up the Willamette to the OC falls? CR is running at about 443 kcfs right now. So, in theory, the Willamette could get to fishable turbidity soon but would still be really high river level at PDX or OC. Make sense?

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High is OK. Muddy is no go. There are good high water and low water spots, but I have never found a good muddy spot.
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Just came in from Vancouver across 205. The Willy is going to fish way before the Columbia will.

Weather man is reporting another inch of rain tonight. Going to be one of those years.
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Willy turning brown to green with 1ft of visibility get in while you can but check the boat ramps first. Many are unusable_
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Is there any bank at all around anywhere Stevens Point, Willamette Park, Cathedral Park, or anywhere at all that has Beach showing where a guy could plunk from the bank.
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I was out cruising in the harbor and was able to see the prop on Wednesday. hopefully is doesn't get worse with the rain predictions.
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Turbidity still hanging around 13 with a slight dip to 12. I want to fish at 10 or less.

The Secchi depth is improving through. Looks to be about 26-27 inches.

Saw one boat fishing it this morning on a web cam.

Sticking with my Sunday prediction but I guess I should check how much rain they got in the valley last night before I drop a Franklin on it.
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First trip of the year and went 0 for 1 in the afternoon for 3hrs effort. Smallish fish, 10lbs or so, on for about 30 seconds then made a bolt to the surface and rolled off the barbless hooks. River color okay but still on the rise with back up from the Columbia I guess. You will be getting your feet wet getting on to the docks so don't forget your boots.
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Old 03-24-2017, 05:05 PM   #55
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First trip of the year and went 0 for 1 in the afternoon for 3hrs effort. Smallish fish, 10lbs or so, on for about 30 seconds then made a bolt to the surface and rolled off the barbless hooks.


Why are you using barbless hooks?


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Old 03-24-2017, 05:49 PM   #56
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Yeah that. Use a hook with a fang on it. It's gonna be tough enough out there. Not bragging, but last year I got my first February springer ever. This year I think I'll be lucky to get a March springer. Btw, Sportcraft is still flooded and I don't see it usable by Sunday . . with this fresh rain rolling through.

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Old 03-24-2017, 06:05 PM   #57
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Because I didn't get the memo and they were already strung up on the rod from the fall. My bad, but I did touch a fish. My good_
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Old 03-24-2017, 06:11 PM   #58
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Because I didn't get the memo and they were already strung up on the rod from the fall. My bad, but I did touch a fish. My good_


My post was not to take away from you having a fish on! Congrats. Just put some barbed hooks on for next time !!


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Old 03-24-2017, 06:31 PM   #59
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Looks like a number of launches are closed due to the high water. Has anyone launched at Cathedral Park in the last few days?

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Old 03-24-2017, 06:40 PM   #60
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It looked open when I drove across the St. John's bridge this afternoon


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