40 Oregon Fisheries For The 4th

It took just four little letters — the hell with how far out they were — to set off fireworks earlier this week: T-U-N-A.

The first report of the season came back last Saturday, and though the catch is nowhere close to 2007’s stellar fishery at this same point, it lit up albie anglers as far away as Provo, Utah, on ifish.

But if heading 50 to 90 miles out to sea is a wee bit ambitious for your Fourth of July weekend, there’s a bunch of other, far more accessible fisheries to consider — trout fishing in the Cascades, largemouth fishing near Florence, cutts in coastal creeks, crappie in Eastern Oregon, to name a few opportunities.


Here are more highlights from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report:


  • The Rogue River from Gold Ray Dam up to Dodge Bridge will open up to the harvest of non adipose fin-clipped spring chinook salmon from July 1 through August 31.
  • Trout fishing has been great on Howard Prairie Reservoir; bass and crappie are moving into the shallows and are biting.
  • Fishing for resident cutthroat trout is picking up in many rivers and streams. Flies or small spinners are the best bets.
  • Warmwater fishing is improving in several area lakes and ponds. Bluegill are staging in shallow water preparing to spawn and the males are very aggressive. Largemouth bass fishing at Hyatt Lake and Tenmile Lakes has been very good and a 7-pound bass was recently caught in Cooper Creek Reservoir.


  • Nestucca & Three Rivers: Spring chinook and summer steelhead angling has been fair to good. Bobber and eggs/shrimp will produce for chinook, with most action in the lower river below Beaver. Try spinners or bobber and jigs for steelhead as the water clears, especially in the upper river. Fishing for cutthroat trout has been fair, with fish spread throughout the river.
  • Salmon River: Cutthroat trout angling is fair to good and can offer anglers opportunity throughout the mainstem. Using small spinners, other lures or fly fishing can be very effective. Use of bait is restricted above tidewater until September 1.
  • Siletz River: Steelhead angling has kicked in for the summer and is providing a good fishery for many bank anglers. Good numbers of summer steelhead are returning now with many more expected through July. Fish can be found through out the mainstem with drift boat angling from Twin Bridges down to Morgan Park as flows allow and bank access from Moonshine Park up to the deadline. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair to good. Anglers can expect good fishing for cutthroat trout throughout most of the basin. Using small spinners or fly fishing can be very productive.
  • The Siuslaw River and Lake Creek are providing fair to good angling for cutthroat trout. Anglers can find good numbers of cutthroat trout in most areas of the main stem rivers. Using small spinners, spoons or fly fishing can be very effective. Use of bait is restricted until September 1 above tidewater.
  • Trask River: Fishing for adipose fin-clipped spring chinook has been fair to good. Bobber and bait in the deeper holes has been the most productive. A few summer steelhead are available throughout the river. Fishing for cutthroat trout has been fair to good. Fish will be spread out through the main river up to the county park.
  • Yaquina River: Angling for cutthroat trout in the Yaquina and Big Elk is fair to good. Generally using small spinners, spoons or other lures can be very effective. Fly fishing is also very productive. Use of bait is restricted above tidewater until September 1.


  • Spring chinook and summer steelhead are being landed in good numbers on the Clackamas and Sandy rivers. The bag limit has been increased to three adult salmon/steelhead in combination on these two rivers as well as on the the Willamette below Willamette Falls.
  • Steelhead and spring chinook are being caught in the McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette Rivers.
  • More than 50,000 spring chinook and 20,000 summer steelhead have crossed Willamette Falls and are moving into the upper Willamette and its tributaries. Try fishing at San Salvador and Wheatland Ferry on the Willamette and around the mouths of the Tualatin, Molalla, and Santiam rivers.
  • Spring chinook are moving into the Santiam and McKenzie systems.


  • Fish on!!! Big Lava Lake continues to produce stellar catches of beautiful rainbow trout.
  • Trout fishing on the Crooked River has been good, and the recent population survey found larger trout this year compared to recent years.
  • Kokanee fishing has been good on Odell and Paulina lakes.


  • Trout fishing continues to be good in several area lakes and reservoirs including Balm Creek, Thief Valley and Unity reservoirs and Highway 203 and Burns ponds.
  • The BLM has opened access up to Fish Lake on Steens Mountain and fishing should be good over the holiday weekend.
  • The Powder River is open for spring chinook with a daily bag limit of two fish.


  • Fishing for 8 to 10-inch crappie continues to be good on McKay Reservoir.
  • Jubilee Lake has been stocked and the boat ramp will be open in time for the Fourth of July weekend.
  • Shad fishing on the Columbia River below McNary Dam is heating up.


  • Crappie are spawning and fishing is good at Brownlee Reservoir, especailly from a boat. Use jigs with a crappie nibble. Bass are biting but are fairly small. Some large catfish are being caught. Trolling for trout is fair. The reservoir is full. Call Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites or visit their Web site under the “Rivers and Recreation” heading.
  • Fishing for crappie with jigs from the bridge at Oxbow on Hells Canyon Reservoir is good.  Trout fishing should be good near the mouths of tributaries


  • Effective June 26 angling is open for adipose fin-clipped summer chinook, adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead, and sockeye from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border.
  • Shad fishing is fair below Bonneville Dam.
  • Sturgeon fishing is fair near Astoria.


  • A few intrepid saltwater anglers were successful at landing albacore tuna last week. Some were more than 90 miles off shore, with the nearest report being about 50 miles offshore. As of last weekend, fewer than a hundred fish have been landed. By comparison, in 2007 more than 1,800 tuna were landed by the end of June.
  • Fishing for marked coho south of Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border opened Saturday (June 26). Only about one angler in 10 were successful at landing a coho last week. Only marked coho (all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip) may be retained. That season will run through Sept. 6 or until the quota of 26,000 marked coho is met, which ever comes first. The bag limit is two salmon.
  • Fishing for Chinook was slow again last week with fewer than one in seven anglers landing a fish. The “All Salmon Except Coho” salmon season from Cape Falcon to Oregon/California  border opened May 29 and runs through Sept. 6. Bag Limit: Two salmon.
  • North of Cape Falcon to the Oregon/Washington border the “Selective Chinook Season” opened June 12 with few reports of fish landed. Fishing for chinook will continue through earlier of June 30 or 12,000 marked Chinook quota. Bag Limit: All salmon except coho. Two salmon per day, all retained Chinook must have a healed adipose fin clip.
  • Fishery managers added two days to the all-depth sport halibut fishery off the central Oregon coast. Fishing for Pacific halibut will be open July 1 and 2 at all depths. Being open for three days had a high likelihood of exceeding the spring quota, which would come out of the much-smaller summer quota. Based on that, and the fact that the next opening is for the 4th of July holiday weekend fishery managers decide to go with only two days. If any quota remains after that time, it will be rolled into the quota for the summer fishery.
  • Fishing for lingcod remained at about one fish for every two anglers targeting lingcod. Most anglers surveyed filled their limit of bottom fish. Success in catching lings and most other bottom fish improves as waves moderate.

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