Oregon Fishing Forecast - July 11, 2019
Portland/Metro - With the Willamette winding down, metro anglers will have to rely on tributary spring Chinook or summer steelhead opportunity, lake or reservoir trout or warm water species in local area lakes and rivers. With a depressed return of spring Chinook to the Clackamas and Sandy Rivers, most will focus on coastal opportunities as those are just now heating up.
Summer steelhead remains the best prospect for metro area anglers with the Clackamas and Sandy River systems putting out a few for persistent anglers. Low, clear water conditions are challenging for many, but knowledgeable anglers will find a way to garner success. Spring Chinook opportunity is best on the Sandy River.
The mainstem Columbia below Longview showed a string of successful anglers in pursuit of summer steelhead. Counts at Bonneville are increasing and peak passage is nearing. For those that don't care to pursue summer steelhead by hook and line, viewing active passage at Bonneville Dam makes for an excellent viewing opportunity this time of year. Shad numbers are fading.
Moderate temperatures has kept trout biting in local area lakes, check the ODF&W web site for recent stocked bodies of water throughout the Willamette Valley.
Warm water action for bass and panfish is heating up on the Willamette River and Sauvie Island. This is a great high-action fishery for kids to get them hooked on fishing.
The Tillamook Report - With spring Chinook opportunity fading, anglers are anxious to engage with the robust offshore coho and Chinook fishery going on out of Garibaldi and Pacific City. Depoe Bay is productive as well. It's not limit fishing, but action is picking up.
Bottomfishing remains excellent out of most ports for sea bass and some lingcod. Anglers are getting anxious for albacore to show up, they just haven't yet.
The Astoria Report - With an unprecedented run of calm ocean days, salmon fishing offshore has been excellent. The most exciting news is the Chinook bite off of the Long Beach Peninsula. Over the weekend and into early this week, anglers fishing 25 to 40 foot of water have been finding a lot of Chinook salmon, catching them on trolled anchovies anywhere from 8 to 18 strips down. Breaching whales and harbor porpoise have been busy in the area as well, making for an awesome overall experience.
Coho have been a bit challenging to find with any consistency, but that will likely change with improving tides this week. Stick close to green buoy number 1 or 3, or go across the channel to red buoy 2 or the CR Buoy where the bite was consistent around the last half of incoming tide.
In river sturgeon fishing has been excellent too, with the Blind Channel and Tongue Point area producing some of the more consistent bites. The fish have been running large so match your gear accordingly.
The razor clam tide is over, but digging was productive for those working Clatsop area beaches. Prepare yourself for the season's last dig starting around July 12. The temporary closure goes into effect on July 15 into the month of September.
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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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