What’s Fishin’ In Oregon (11-10-10)

It absolutely never fails: Come deadline time for the magazine, the fishing invites roll in.

Case in point, Monday night’s email from Andy Schneider, aka AndyCoho, err, AndyChinook.

Can you break away and fish Wednesday by chance?  We fished the Wilson last Monday and got 7 ducks and 2 chinook for the 2 of us.  Friday we hooked 5, today we hooked 3 for 3 of us.  Plan on hitting it Wednesday too….

Where is yours truly today? At the office, of course, trying to nail down all the last bits of the December issue — the nitty gritty details that ALWAYS take freakin’ longer than they have any right to.

The good news — well, at least if you’re a spiteful and jealous fishing partner — is that as of 11:20 a.m., Mr. Schneider ain’t caught nothing, but that’s bound to change for our ace Northwest Oregon angler.

What else is there to fish for around the Beaver State right now? Puh-lenty — including a heaping helping of 2-pound rainbows stocked in a host of Willamette Valley waters, steelhead in the northeastern corner and more. Here are highlights ripped straight from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report:

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • Trout fishing at Fish Lake has been very good lately as anglers target trophy-sized rainbow trout recently released in the lake.
  • Fishing is very good in Applegate Reservoir, which was recently stocked with large rainbow trout for fall fishing.
  • The Chetco River opened for fall chinook fishing a week early and anglers are already seeing some good fishing.
  • Trout fishing at Lost Creek Reservoir has been very good with reports of several 15 to 17-inch fish.
  • Coho and steelhead are being caught on the middle Rogue River.
  • NORTHWEST ZONE
  • The wild coho fisheries on Siltcoos and Tahkenitch Lakes are providing anglers with fair to good catch rates. Good numbers of coho are in the lakes and many more are expected through November. Trolling or casting spinners and spoons can be effective.
  • Tillamook Bay: Angling for chinook has been fair to good. Fish are being caught throughout the bay. Trolling herring on the incoming tide in the lower bay is a good bet. Or try trolling spinners (red and white or green dot are popular colors) or plugs in the upper bay. Most hatchery coho have moved upstream. Wild coho have been quite large this year causing some anglers to confuse them for chinook. Make sure to positively identify your fish as to species. When the ocean cooperates, chinook are being caught trolling herring near the bottom in the terminal area just outside the bay. The ocean, including the terminal area, is closed to all salmon angling.
  • Trask River: Angling for chinook is fair to good, depending on water conditions. Good numbers of fish moved upstream on the last high water. Bobber and bait, plugs, or back-bouncing from a boat will all produce fish. Eggs and shrimp are standard baits to fish. Try adding tuna or sardines to the mix if the bite is slow. A few summer steelhead are still available in the river, and the first winter steelhead will begin to show soon. Few hatchery coho are still being caught as the run is mostly over.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • A total of 2,800 two-pound rainbow trout were released this week at six Willamette Valley locations – Walling Pond, Walter Wirth Lake, East Freeway Lake, West Salish Pond and St. Louis Ponds #3 & #6.
  • Steelhead are being caught on the McKenzie River below Leaburg Hatchery.
  • Coho are now distributed throughout the Willamette and its tributaries, and fishing prospects are looking up with the arrival of fall rains. Anglers are targeting coho at the mouths of the Clackamas, Tualatin, Molalla, Yamhill, and Santiam. Bright fish should be available for a couple more weeks.

CENTRAL ZONE

  • Trout fishing has been excellent on the Crooked River.
  • Summer steelhead season continues on the lower Deschutes River with more fishing moving above Maupin.

BRENDA LEE IS AMONG OREGON ANGLERS IN ON THE DESCHUTES RIVER'S FALL STEELHEAD ACTION, CATCHING THIS TROPHY LAST MONTH ON A VERY SUCCESSFUL CAST-AND-BLAST ADVENTURE). (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Fishing on Thief Valley Reservoir has been good for even bank anglers.
  • The Ana Rivers offers good trout fishing opportunities throughout the fall and winter.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • Trout fishing on Wallowa Lake has been good.
  • Steelhead fishing is fair to good in the lower Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers.
  • Steelhead fishing is picking up in the lower John Day River.
  • Steelhead and coho are showing up in good numbers improving fishing prospects in the Umatilla River.

COLUMBIA ZONE

  • Steelhead angling has been good in the Columbia River above the John Day Dam.
  • Steelhead fishing is improving above McNary Dam as water temperatures cool.
  • Sturgeon retention is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday during October 1 – December 31 from Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.
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