What’s Fishin’ In Oregon (3-2-11)

For the second What’s Fishin’ In Oregon report in a row, Kirby Cannon plays a starring role.

Last issue, “PDXSALMONJUNKIE” showed off his springer-fishing skills with a President’s Day king from the side of Sauvie, but for this issue, we’re reworking his moniker to “PDXSTURGEONJUNKIE.”

That’s because he was among the very first anglers to score a diamondside off the new fishing dock at West Linn below Willamette Falls. It replaced The Wall, which fell apart (well, metaphorically) last spring.

ROD BROECK, KIRBY CANNON AND MARK NELSON HEFT STURGEON CAUGHT AT THE NEW FISHING DOCK ON THE WILLAMETTE BELOW THE FALLS. (WRIGHT & MCGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

That was a couple weeks ago now, but in the latest Recreation Report, ODFW reports that “anglers have reported that the fish are hungry and biting.”

Other highlights include trout and steelhead in Eastern Oregon rivers and Western Oregon lakes.

Here are more ideas to ponder for this weekend:

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • Several lakes and reservoirs have been stocked and should offer good fishing this weekend. Check out Applegate Reservoir, Garrison Lake, Lake Selmac, Lost Creek Reservoir and several Coos County lakes such as Bradley, Empire and Saunders.
  • For a complete list of recent trout stockings go to the 2011 trout stocking schedules.
  • Increased water flows should make for great steelhead fishing in the Chetco, Elk, Sixes and lower Rogue rivers.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • Henry Hagg Lake near Forest Grove opens to fishing this week and has been stocked with 18,000 legal-sized rainbow trout. Large brood trout released earlier in the year should also be available.
  • Sturgeon retention fishing is now open on the Willamette and anglers have reported that the fish are hungry and biting. The daily bag limit is one white sturgeon with a fork length of 38 to 54 inches.
  • A few confirmed reports of spring chinook landings in the Willamette River have been reported the past week.

CENTRAL ZONE

  • The Metolius River can be a great alternative fishery when water levels on the Crooked and Deschutes are high.

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • There have been some reports of good trout fishing on the Blitzen River.
  • Both the Ana River and Ana Reservoir off good winter trout fishing opportunity.
  • Goldfish angling on Mann Lake has been POOR. Recent netting efforts by ODFW yielded no goldfish after rotenone treatments last fall. The lake will be restocked with trout this spring.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • Surplus hatchery steelhead have been stocked in Marr and Wallowa Wildlife Ponds.
  • Trout and early season perch fishing should be good on McKay Reservoir.
  • Steelhead fishing on the Umatilla River. Water levels have been good and anglers have been taking advantage of the good conditions.
  • Water levels in the Wallowa and Imnaha rivers have been at fishable levels and steelhead fishing has been good despite the cold weather.

COLUMBIA ZONE

  • Spring chinook angling got off to a strong start on the lower Columbia during February, and many of the chinook sampled during February were larger, five-year old chinook exceeding 20 pounds. The area between the I-5 Bridge and Rooster Rock opened to boat angling on Tuesday, March 1, and bank angling is currently allowed between Buoy 10 and Bonneville Dam.
  • Sturgeon angling has slowed in The Dalles and John Day pools, but should improve as the water temperature increases.
  • February is the prime month for big walleye in the John Day pool; anglers target the Irrigon to Glade creek area for best results.

NORTHWEST ZONE

  • Wilson River: Angling for winter steelhead was good last week, but slowed as flows dropped and temperatures dropped late in the week and over the weekend. Good numbers of fish are in the system throughout the open fishing areas. The slide at MP 6 on Hwy 6 may still dirty the river after rains, so check the river conditions before fishing, or fish upstream. The slide deposited some large trees into the river also, which are obstructing the river at lower flows. Boaters need to use extreme caution or avoid that section of river. Fish slower currents and make your presentations slowly until temperatures warm up some.

MARINE ZONE

  • “I was casting a 2½ (ounce lead-head) jig with a dark blue squid body from the rocks just south of Pirate Cove near Depoe Bay,” said the angler who submitted a report to ODFW Fishing Reports. “I hooked and fought a huge lingcod about 25 yards from the rock base. After about a 15 minute fight, my brand new, 30-pound test line broke. I did land two black rockfish in the 13-to 14-inch range.”

 

 

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