Oregon Fishing Forecast - July 4, 2019
Portland/Metro - We are entering the final phase of opportunity for spring Chinook on the Willamette River. Portland Harbor trollers continue to see sporadic success at the head of the Multnomah Channel. Pro Trolls with size 3.5 spinners behind them should continue to produce results through the 4th of July holiday. After that, the run will effectively be over, leaving the river quiet until September coho start to show.
Shad fishing in the Oregon City area is tapering as well, but opportunity still exists.
The Clackamas and Sandy Rivers remain an option and likely the primary targets for metro anglers. Unfortunately, salmon and steelhead returns to both of those systems are also alarmingly low. The Sandy will remain the better option of the metro two, with late arriving spring Chinook and some summer steelhead on the menu for the next couple of weeks. Keep in mind that the best hatchery opportunity for spring Chinook will be downstream of the Bull Run River near Dodge Park. A late surge of fish is common in July. The Clackamas River continues to be a bust for hatchery spring Chinook, but some summer steelhead should be available upstream to McIver Park. Early mornings, small baits and spinners should produce some results before the onslaught of recreational rafters takes to the water by high noon.
Local lakes remain an option for trout anglers, moderate temperatures should keep fish on the bite.
A surge of summer steelhead was rumored on the lower Columbia this week. It could make for decent action up to Bonneville Dam for the next three of four weeks. We are entering peak migration time for eastern bound steelhead, this is the time to take advantage of it.
The Tillamook Report - Spring Chinook fishing remains challenging on Tillamook Bay but like other areas of NW Oregon, a late surge of salmon has become common. A minus tide series should make the upper bay a fair option, troll spinners on outgoing tide, herring close to high slack. The lower reaches of the Trask River may also be holding some spring Chinook.
District rivers including the Nestucca, Wilson and the Siletz down south should be fair options for summer steelhead. Small baits and hardware in the early morning should produce a few fish.
Spring Chinook fishing on the Trask remains challenging.
The Astoria Report - A friendly ocean will make coho fishing exciting this holiday week. Coho fishing has been epic out of the lower Columbia with limits common for early risers. Fish gorge at first light, and then become more lethargic after 9:00 a.m. Some Chinook are showing in the catch as well. Fish by Buoy 1 or the CR Buoy for best results. Fresh anchovies is the bait of choice.
Some shallow water sturgeon anglers struggled this week as lower tide exchanges keep sturgeon concentrated in the deeper channels. There are hoards of hungry sturgeon on the bite from the Astoria Bridge to Miller Island.
Bottomfishing for seabass remains very productive from Cannon Beach to the south jetty at the Columbia mouth.
Albacore haven't made an appearance just yet, but are due anytime this month.
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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!
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