A little fishing update
CANBY POND: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill
Stocked the first week of May with 1,650 rainbow trout, including 250 trophies.
Canby Pond is a one-acre pond located on the south end of Canby, in Canby City Park. This pond is open only to youth 17 years old and under, as well as persons who have an ODFW Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permit.
MOLALLA RIVER: winter steelhead
The count numbers have continued to show low winter steelhead passage at Willamette Falls, meaning anglers don't have much to fish for in the Molalla and may want to try their luck for late winter steelhead on a higher quality fishery nearby like the Clackamas or Sandy rivers. Concerns about overall numbers of these fish going upstream are indicating another poor return is underway.
The Willamette Falls passage numbers through May 24 show the fish counts at 1,770 winter steelhead and 13,140 spring Chinook. Some of these springers will be heading up the Molalla so that opportunity will come around soon. A number of sea lions have been working the water from Gladstone up to Willamette Falls preying upon winter steelhead, sturgeon and spring Chinook.
WILLAMETTE RIVER: winter steelhead, sturgeon, spring Chinook
Spring Chinook fishing on the lower Willamette is slowing down as effort shifts to fishing for American shad.
- Willamette River mouth to Oak Grove Railroad Bridge, including Multnomah Channel – 2,132 anglers harvested 208 spring Chinook. Most of the catch occurred near the head of Multnomah Channel.
- From Oak Grove Railroad Bridge to Willamette Falls – 594 anglers harvested 39 spring Chinook. Most of the catch occurred in the Oregon City area.
- There were a total of 111 bank anglers mostly around Clackamette Park and Meldrum Bar, with zero Chinook caught.
Recreational boats harvested 4 hatchery steelhead between Willamette Falls and the river mouth.
From Monday, May 21-Sunday May 27, 200 anglers between Willamette Falls and the river mouth reported releasing 571 sturgeon, including both sublegal and oversize fish.
Sturgeon is catch and release only in the lower Willamette and subject to closures in designated sanctuaries. The Willamette is closed to all sturgeon fishing effective May 1-Aug. 31 from Willamette Falls downstream to the Oak Grove Railroad Bridge, under a permanent sturgeon sanctuary designation/seasonal closure.