Oregon Fishing Forecast - July 25, 2019
Portland/Metro - Traditionally, summer steelhead anglers are creel deep in success on the Columbia River, but a depressed return this year has limited angler's ability to bring home a prize. Passage at Bonneville is fair but warm water conditions and far fewer fish than normal will continue to challenge anglers for the remainder of the season. Rolling closures will impact angler opportunity as well so check regulations for the reach of river you choose to fish.
Fall Chinook season opens back up on the Columbia on August 1, but Chinook won't be in the Portland/Metro area for another month in catchable numbers.
The Willamette is now a warm water fishery, coho will start to show in early September.
The Clackamas and Sandy Rivers will be a summer steelhead fishery now although like the Columbia, numbers are down and so is success. In low flows, fish will be hiding in deep pools or pocket water, where they are more likely to bite. Early mornings will continue to produce the best opportunities.
The Tillamook Report - Anglers continue to look to the salt water for salmon success but a spell of cold water inundated the coast when the northwest trade winds started up, quelling the bite for the time being. When temperatures stabilize, the bite should turn back on.
Chinook are a bit more common south of Cape Falcon, but coho numbers will remain robust through the remainder of the season, which doesn't close until late August. Depoe Bay is the most productive port, followed by Newport, Pacific City and Garibaldi in order. Oregon coast coho often migrate north to their likely destination, the Columbia River and should provide improving opportunity over the next several weeks, from south to north. The sportfleet has harvested just over 30% of the quota, it's been a very productive season.
Halibut catches have remained under-whelming. Weather has been a factor for the all-depth fishery, but the nearshore fishery hasn't been impressive either. Over 80% of the quota remains unused.
Bottomfishing remains good and likely to remain that way. Ocean crabbing is fair, but crab are entering the molt.
The Astoria Report - Sturgeon fishing has been sporadic, but if you find them, action remains fantastic for fish to 8 foot in length. Fresh anchovies is producing catches from Rice Island to the Astoria Bridge, mostly in the channels of Taylor Sands.
The offshore fishery for coho experienced a hiccup when waters cooled with the change in wind direction. The red buoy line from Buoy 2 to the CR produced well for early morning anglers from day break until about 10:00 a.m. The action should pick up as fish acclimate to the cooler water temperatures and show up in greater numbers as August progresses. Chinook remain a rare catch off of the mouth of the Columbia.
Albacore showed up in force early in the week with anglers catching them trolling, jigging and deploying live bait. It's the moment many have been waiting for and action will only improve into August and September. Action is good within 30 miles of Tillamook Bay and the mouth of the Columbia.
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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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