What’s Fishin’ In Oregon

You don’t have to tell the Kruzick family that salmon fishin’s been good on the Umpqua — “very good,” to use ODFW’s term — they already know.

This morning, I got plastered with jpegs showing Matt, Lars and Hunter with some nice Chinook from the South Coast river.

MATT KRUZICK WITH A PAIR OF CHINOOK FROM THE UMPQUA RIVER. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

No need to just focus on the Ump, though, when the Coos, Coke and middle Rogue have been booting out kings as well.

But that’s not all the good fishing to be had around Oregon right now. Fresh rainbows are being stocked, bass, crappie and kokanee are biting, and steelhead continue to be available in the Deschutes.

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

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • Fall chinook fishing has been very good on the Umpqua, Coos, Coquille and middle Rogue rivers.
  • Recently anglers have reported catching limits of browns and rainbows at Lemolo Lake.
  • Several lakes in the Umpqua watershed will receive an additional stocking of lunker trout to celebrate Labor Weekend!

NORTHWEST ZONE

  • Tillamook Bay: Angling for chinook and hatchery coho is slow, but is expected to improve over the next couple of weeks. A few fish are available, with best fishing opportunity trolling herring on the incoming tide in the lower bay. Fishing for sturgeon has been slow. The upper bay and Tillamook River tidewater usually produces the best catches this time of year. Pressure has been light. Check baits frequently as small fish and crabs can clean your hooks quickly.
  • Siletz River: Steelhead fishing is slow and won’t pick up until the first fall rains. Best opportunities for summer steelhead are in the upper river. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair to good throughout the basin with sea-runs showing up from the bay to mid river. The fall chinook run is just starting with a small number returning to the bay and lower river.
  • Yaquina Bay: Cutthroat trout fishing is fair to good in most areas with sea-run cutthroat trout showing in the upper tidewater and low river areas. Fall chinook fishing is slow so far but a small number of fish are starting to enter the bay and lower river.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • Three lakes will be stocked this week with trophy-sized rainbow trout. The lakes are Harriet, Trillium and West Salish. Each of the three will receive approximately 667 of the large fish.
  • Fishing for hatchery trout is fair to good on the Mckenzie River.
  • Late summer is a good time to target bass and panfish on the Willamette River.
  • Summer steelhead and spring chinook have moved into the North Santiam River around Stayton.

CENTRAL ZONE

  • Summer steelhead fishing on the lower Deschutes River has been good, with most fish still below Sherars Falls.
  • Antelope Flat Reservoir has been serving up some excellent trout fishing.
  • Kokanee fishing on the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook has been excellent.
  • Fishing in Deschutes arm of Wickiup Reservoir is picking up as kokanee head up to spawn and brown trout follow looking for eggs.

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Fishing for wild redband trout has been good on the Williamson River and the Klamath River below JC Boyle Dam.
  • Anglers after brown trout should check out the Wood River.
  • Lofton and Heart lakes are good bets for hatchery rainbow.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • Steelhead season on many rivers opens Sept. 1 and, judging from the number of fish passing the Columbia and Snake river dams, it looks like there’ll be another good run.
  • Crappie and bass fishing have been good on McKay Reservoir.

COLUMBIA ZONE

  • Walleye fishing continues to be good in Troutdale and from below McNary Dam to Boardman.
  • The river is full of fall chinook between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam, with an average of 7,900 passing through the Bonneville ladder daily.
  • Buoy 10 to Tongue Point is closed for fall chinook retention; however, there is still opportunity to catch hatchery coho and steelhead.
  • Sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam through Thursday, Sept. 30.
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