Oregon Fishing Update
Updated for for the week of September 9th – September 15th, 2005
Oregon Fishing Update
Salmon fishing remains spotty at Nehalem Bay. Fall chinook have started entering Tillamook Bay with anglers finding action occasionally with spinners on the upper bay. A few chinook have been taken in Nestucca and Salmon River tidewater.
Crabbing has been good at Tillamook and Netarts Bays.
Halibut fishing out of Garibaldi, Depoe Bay and Newport during the weekend all-depth opener was good to anglers. All-depth halibut is open for the summer season every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the quota fills.
Tuna are being taken at 30 to 30 miles offshore out of Depoe Bay.
The ODFW reports more than 50 percent success rates for most charters fishing out of Southern Oregon ports.
Siuslaw, Coquille and Coos Rivers have all been productive at times. Anglers are finding chinook out of Reedsport both offshore and in Winchester Bay. They're catching a few up into the Umpqua now.
Rogue Bay anglers continue to hook chinook but sea lions are getting most of the fish, a problem shared at Winchester Bay.
Columbia salmon fishermen are doing best in the middle river at the mouths of tributaries and in the Portland to Longview stretch. It's slow at Buoy 10 and despite good number of fish, very slow at Bonneville. Fishing wibblers on anchor seems to be the ticket.
While a few salmon have been taken at the mouth of the Sandy, the river remains milky and fishing is slow. The Clackamas is slower. Steelheaders who determine holding patterns on the North Santiam have the best chance of catching a fish. The North Santiam flow will increase by 1/3 on September 25th. This is not a bad thing.
Tens of thousands of chinook have been counted at Bonneville and The Dalles Dams giving plug-pullers at the mouth of the Deschutes something to look forward to. Steelheading on the Deschutes has improved over the last week.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass in the Willamette Valley are due to start their Fall feeding binges. All it'll take is for the water temps to lower a bit. Shorter daylight hours signal the change of seasons to these critters.
Lake Simtustus is putting out decent catches of rainbow trout. Kokanee fishing has been poor lately. Kokanee action has been fair to good at Paulina where trout fishing has slowed.
This week, waters planted with State-raised rainbows include Cape Mears, Estacada, Small Fry and Faraday Lakes as well as North Fork Reservoir.