Oregon Fishing Forecast - July 2, 2017
Portland/Metro - On the Willamette, the St. John's reach continues to produce fair numbers of spinner-caught fish near the head of the Multnomah Channel. Pro Troll flashers with copper and red size 3.5 spinners seems to be consistent on sunny days. Although Oregon City has tapered, persistent anglers are still catching fish and spinner casters are still scoring a few as well. Passage at Willamette Falls is slowing however, and so is the bite.
Mainstem Columbia River fishers don't have a lot of opportunity since the summer Chinook season closed last weekend. Summer steelhead and shad remain a viable target, but steelhead numbers are depressed and the shad run is waning. Most anglers are already anxious for the fall salmon season, which won't get productive for another two months.
The Sandy River is turning glacial in color, which will suppress the salmon and steelhead bite this week. Couple that with the summer rafting "hatch," and conditions aren't ideal for success. If you do go, target the water from Revenue Bridge to Dodge Park for your best success.
The Clackamas has both summer steelhead and spring Chinook available, but fishing is mediocre at best for both species. McIver Park to Barton will be the best option.
The Tillamook Report - Offshore anglers remain focused on bottomfish as the June 24th opener for salmon has been uninspiring. Bottomfishing for sea bass and lingcod remains excellent however, and the ocean crabbing is picking up as well.
Tillamook Bay spring Chinook is largely over after a fair-at-best season. The river fishery will remain the best option, with bank anglers the best candidates for success given the low water conditions. The Trask, Nestucca and Wilson will be the best options, in that order, and the Nestucca and Wilson also harbor a small run of summer steelhead as well. Spinners or small clusters of eggs or even nightcrawlers can produce some success in the early morning hours. Trout fishing on these systems is also an underutilized opportunity, especially for more youthful anglers.
The summer Chinook season on Nehalem Bay often kicks off around the 4th of July. Although catches haven't been impressive in recent years, these are quality fish, and provide some of the best big salmon options well into August. Target these fish near Wheeler on stronger tides, and Brighton on the weaker tide exchanges.
Bay crabbing in Nehalem, Tillamook, Netarts and the Nestucca estuaries is picking up, but intensifying tides this weekend may limit success. It's best to crab on the softer tide exchanges.
The season's first albacore have been reported out of Garibaldi. Last year, albacore catches were excellent in early July, but commonly, success gets much better later this month.
Nearshore halibut action remains predictably sporadic, but fish nearing 40 pounds have been reported.
The Astoria area - The Long Beach Chinook bite started to taper last Friday. Expect action to remain sporadic, but it seems one of the better offshore salmon options along the entire coast. Coho are nearly non-existent.
Catch and release sturgeon fishing in the lower Columbia River remains excellent.
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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!