What’s Fishin’ In Oregon

High summer has arrived in the Northwest. As warm temps are giving pause to anglers and managers on the Deschutes, there are plenty of other fisheries to take advantage of around Oregon.

Here’s a roundup of ideas from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report:


  • Bass fishing has been good throughout the mainstem and South Umpqua River.
  • Trout fishing has slowed in many rivers and streams with the onset of warm weather, but the fishing can still be good in smaller streams where there’s lots of shade to help keep waters cool.
  • Surfperch fishing has been good in Winchester Bay.


  • Steelhead angling is slowing down on the Siletz as the river is getting low, clear and warm. Good numbers of summer steelhead can be found throughout most of the upper river and many hatchery fish have been recycled back down stream to the Moonshine Park area. Anglers should focus efforts early or late in the day and try more subtle techniques. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair to good in most of the river with sea-runs showing up in the bay and lower river. Using small spinners or fly fishing can be very productive.


  • Now is a good time to target bass and walleye fishing on the Multnomah Channel.
  • Summer steelhead and spring chinook have moved into the North Santiam River around Stayton.
  • Good catches of kokanee have been reported recently on Green Peter Reservoir.
  • Summer steelhead are showing up in the Willamette River town run between Springfield and Eugene.
  • Trout stocking of most local valley lakes and ponds has come to an end for the summer due to warm water conditions. Lower and mid-elevation Cascade lakes are still being stocked and provide a good opportunity for trout fishing.
  • July and August are peak months to target largemouth bass in Fern Ridge Reservoir.
  • The cool waters of Breitenbush River, combined with a generous stocking schedule, should mean good trout fishing throughout the summer.


  • Fly fishers looking for something different might try carp fishing on Taylor Lake.
  • The summer steelhead fishing season on the Deschutes River is off to a strong start and fishing has been good.


  • Trout fishing on Campbell Reservoir has been excellent. Also check out nearby Deadhorse Lake to make a day of it.
  • Brown and rainbow trout fishing has been fair to good on the Lower Owyhee River.
  • Fourmile Lake has been fishing well for rainbow, brook and lake trout.
  • Fishing in the high Cascade lakes for brook trout remains excellent.


  • While the kokanee in Wallowa Lake have retreated to 40-60 feet deep, fishing remains for kokanee remains fair. The trout fishing, though, has been good.
  • Trout Farm Pond is stream-fed and trout fishing remains good during the warm summer months. It was stocked last week.
  • Warmwater enthusiasts might consider the John Day River where smallmouth bass and channel catfish fishing have been good.


  • Walleye fishing is good in the Troutdale area.
  • Steelhead angling has been good, especially for boats fishing in the gorge and estuary.
  • Fall chinook season opens Sunday Aug. 1 from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam.
  • Sturgeon angling is good in the estuary; however, the last day for sturgeon retention is Sunday, Aug. 1.


  • Windy weather kept many fishers off the ocean last week. The wind is also causing upwellings; bringing colder water from the ocean depths to the nearshore waters. In general, colder water means lower catch rates for salmon and bottom fish. This is also the time of year that the ocean is filled with young-of-the-year crab and fish providing massive quantities of food in the ocean for adult fish. The net result is that the fish are usually “off the bite” under these conditions.
  • The colder nearshore water generated by the upwellings kept tuna well off shore. They are still between 30 and 40 miles offshore. Tuna catches landed in ports on the central coast averaged between four and five fish. The good news is the average size of the tuna is up over last year.
  • Crabbing is improving, but the number of crabbers is also increasing. Most crabbers had average catches between one and three crab. Crabbing in the ocean this time of year can be very productive, but also dangerous because of wind, sea and bar conditions.

One Response to “What’s Fishin’ In Oregon”

  1. steve walsh Says:

    Looks like I will be on my way up to the northwest zone for some cutthroat trout fishing. Thanks for the article, informative. Regards Steve

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