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Portland/Metro – Spring Chinook trollers fishing the Portland Harbor and the Multnomah Channel are averaging a salmon for nearly every 10 rod days of effort. The mark rate remains around 70% with fish falling to Pro-Trolls and size 3.5 spinners in the warming Willamette. Herring remain an option as well, but fish seem most responsive to hardware in the warmer waters. There was some effort in the upper reach near Oregon City, but no springers were tallied here.
Shad effort and catch dominate the Oregon City area with thousands of shad landed every week. The action should remain robust for another 2 weeks before it starts to taper.
Shad fishing at Bonneville remains excellent, especially in sunny days. Hundreds of thousands of shad are still crossing Bonneville Dam daily, making them an easy target at the shad rack.
Summer steelhead catches on the lower Columbia remain dismal and there will be no summer Chinook opener on June 15 this year, due to a poor forecast.
The Clackamas River has yet to yield a hatchery spring Chinook for creel checkers this season; this may be unprecedented. Meanwhile, bank anglers averaged a summer steelhead for every 15 rods last week, a sign the fishery is finally starting. Soon however, the river will be inundated with rafters and the bite will suffer because of it. The same rings true with the Sandy River.
Sandy River steelheaders also saw a jump in action this week and a few more spring Chinook are hitting the deck here too. Concentrate salmon effort below Bull Run River near Dodge Park and steelhead action will be best downstream of Cedar Creek.
More trout opportunities for metro anglers this week although blistering temperatures won’t help the bite. Anglers and fish should get a reprieve by the weekend.
The Tillamook Report – Spring Chinook action on Tillamook Bay remains challenging but soft “hold-over” tides this weekend should spur a bite for salmon along the jetties on the last half of outgoing tide this weekend. Troll herring on the bottom for best action.
Seas look friendly for offshore opportunities such as rockfish and crab. Unfortunately, halibut season won’t be open despite a large portion of the quota remaining for sport anglers to harvest. Back-up dates will be announced any day now.
District rivers remain very low, clear and are warming, with no reprieve in sight. This is making for challenging fishing conditions for salmon and steelhead on the Wilson, Trask and Nestucca systems. This week’s warm and dry weather won’t help.
Crabbing in the estuaries of the north coast has been fair to good. Fresh shad make excellent bait this time of year. Soft tides this weekend should make Tillamook, Netarts and Nestucca Bays productive.
Lower Columbia – With the sturgeon season now closed, effort has dropped despite productive fishing still in the queue. Warming water temperatures and an influx of anchovies to the estuary should stimulate the bite over the next several weeks. Fresh bait can be hard to come by so call ahead for availability.
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Bob Rees is a sixth generation Oregonian and a 20-year veteran fishing guide of Oregon’s Northwest region. Bob Rees’ column, The Guide’s Forecast, has been a trusted fishing resource for over 16 years and will appear in the Thursday edition of the Portland Tribune. He welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Portland Tribune to bring the sport fishing community timely and accurate fishing information so you can catch more fish!