What’s Fishin’ In Oregon

Word today that 2010 will go down in the books as at least the third best year for Oregon albacore fishing, and if things really heat up, it could make a run to the No. 2 spot.

With a few weeks of “season” left to go, Beaver State anglers have landed over 30,000 tuna.

That compares to over 40,000 last year and almost 60,000 in 2007.

But albies ain’t the only action around Oregon — there’s also trout, coho, largemouth and crappie to be had.

And while Chinook fishing is just starting to perk up on coastal bays, you can find plenty of fall brights zipping up the Columbia still.

Here are the latest 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.
  • With the onset of cooler temperatures trout fishing should pick up on many area lakes

NORTHWEST ZONE

  • North Coast lakes: Trophy trout stocking is scheduled for the week of September 20th. Cape Meares, Town, Coffenbury, Lost and Sunset lakes are scheduled to receive trout averaging about 2 pounds each.
  • Alsea River: Fall chinook angling is starting to pick up.  Pockets of fish are being caught from the lower bay through upper tidewater. Trolling herring or lures near bottom seem to be producing fish. Cutthroat trout angling is fair to good with sea-run cutthroat trout can be found throughout most of the mainstem.
  • Siletz River: Anglers are starting to catch fall chinook from the lower bay well up into tidewater.  The wild adult coho fishery is underway with catch rates very low at this time. Steelhead fishing has picked up a little recently with the cooler wet weather. Best opportunities for summer steelhead are in the upper river. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair to good with sea-runs showing up from the bay to mid river.
  • Siuslaw River: Fall chinook are starting to be caught from the lower bay well up into tide water.  Trolling herring or lures close to the bottom can be productive. Cutthroat trout angling is fair to good in most areas. Sea-run cutthroat trout can be found from the bay into the lower river.
  • Tillamook Bay: Angling for chinook 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. Hatchery coho are spreading out through the bay, especially after recent rains. Trolling large bladed spinners is most effective in the upper bay. Trolling or casting spinners can be effective in the west channel.
  • Yaquina Bay: Fall chinook fishing is starting to pick up with some fish being caught from the lower bay well up into tide water. Cool temperatures have pushed some fish up river faster than normal. Cutthroat trout angling remains fair to good with sea-run cutthroat trout are being caught in the upper tidewater and low river areas.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • Coho are starting to show up in the lower Clackamas River.
  • Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing is now permitted below Willamette Falls.

CENTRAL ZONE

  • Summer steelhead fishing on the lower Deschutes River continues to be good.
  • Antelope Flat Reservoir has been serving up some excellent trout fishing.
  • Kokanee fishing on many area lakes should be good with the onset of the fall spawning season.

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Fishing for trout on the Blitzen River has been very good.
  • Deadhorse Lake has been yielding some massive rainbow trout.
  • Largemouth bass fishing has been very good on Krumbo Reservoir.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • Good numbers of steelhead and coho have been arriving at the mouth of the Umatilla River. Fishing will get even better as water levels increase and water temperatures decrease.
  • 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 19,958 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.

MARINE ZONE

  • This year ranks as the third best for Oregon tuna anglers. Oregon anglers landed more than 30,000 albacore so far this year leaving only 2009 and 2007 with more sport-caught albacore. Although a few good weeks might push 2010 above 2009’s 40,000, the 2007 record of nearly 60,000 fish is in no danger this year.
  • Rockfish and lingcod continued to be off the bite last week on the central coast.
  • 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.

 

 

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