Portland/Metro - Although the Willamette has now opened up for salmon fishing 7 days per week, catches remain fair-at-best for trollers working the Oregon City area and the lower reaches around Fred's Marina and St. Johns. Late running spring Chinook and straying summer Chinook will likely make-up the bulk of the catch and trollers can find them in the Multnomah Channel as well. Spinners work well in the Willamette, and trolled herring in the lower channel. Catch and release sturgeon fishing remains good in the Portland Harbor. Shad fishing remains fair in the Oregon City area.
The 2017 Willamette Salmon Quest is slated for this Saturday, June 17. Self guided slots are still available with top prizes for most inches of salmon. Go to www.nwsteelheaders.org for more information. Willamette and Columbia River salmon are eligible.
After nearly a 2-month hiatus for salmon and steelhead, the mainstem Columbia will re-open to both species starting June 16. Regulations will be complex through August, so check the ODF&W web site for details. Both the summer run steelhead and Chinook will be down this year from previous returns, but fishable numbers remain available and should improve into July.
The Sandy River is putting out a few spring Chinook and summer steelhead, but anglers have to fish the upper reaches to get away from the slack water seen in the lower reaches. Cedar Creek near Sandy downstream to Dodge Park holds the best promise and water conditions will favor bank fishing. The river should be well seeded with Chinook and steelhead.
Although the historical peak for the Clackamas River has been early June, Chinook seem to be returning later each year. Success rates have been low, but should start to improve in the coming weeks. If water conditions persist and water temperatures remain favorable, catches should improve. Summer steelheading remains the best option.
The Tillamook Report - Spring Chinook fishing remains challenging on Tillamook Bay, but last year, the run peaked in late June and into July. Anglers remain hopeful, but catches are depressed for both bay and river anglers. Tides improve this weekend for upper bay anglers and fish remain available in the west channel.
The Wilson and Nestucca have summer steelhead available, but in subdued numbers. The Trask River near the hatchery will be the best for spring Chinook, but salmon are also available in the Wilson and Nestucca Rivers. Early mornings will remain the best bet.
The last of the all-depth halibut openers starts Thursday and runs through Saturday although an extension is likely. The nearshore fishery is producing poorly, but effort remains light. Bottomfishing remains good out of Garibaldi.
The lower Columbia River is producing fair catches of keeper sturgeon both upstream and downstream of Tongue Point. Sand shrimp is working best. The season is slated to go just one more day, and close on Saturday, June 17. Managers will assess catches and determine if additional catch and keep days are warranted. Catches should be good for sturgeon ranging from 44" to 50."
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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!