What’s Fishin’ In Oregon

The tail end of the spring Chinook run might be dominated by jacks, those smaller 3-year-old fish, but one caught from shore yesterday shows some bigger boys and girls are still in the mix.

“June hog?” reads the subject line of an email sent to me late yesterday afternoon by Portland salmon junkie Kirby Cannon.

KIRBY CANNON'S STILL SLAYING CHINOOK ON THE COLUMBIA, DESPITE HIGH FLOWS. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

“Andy,” he wrote in the email, “Here’s my catch today. The big one was 39 inches @ 27 pounds. It was a sucker for the thin twin with a prawn head, and the other was 14 pounds and took the Kwikfish wrapped with sardine.”

Quibble with the weights, if you must, and then get yourself to Prescott and other beaches and crane your neck to locate Kirby for how he’s doin’ it.

But if salmon aren’t your game, there’s a whole lot more to fish for around Oregon. Here are ideas ripped straight from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report:

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • Bass anglers are starting to feel the bite on Eel and Tenmile lakes as the bass start to stage in the shallows for spawning.
  • Fishing for stocked rainbow trout in many of the zone’s lakes, reservoirs and ponds continues to be a good be for weekend angling.
  • Trout fishing is now open in many of the area’s streams and rivers.
  • ODFW will host an adult fly fishing workshop at LaVerne Park on the Coquille River on Saturday, June 11.

NORTHWEST ZONE

  • Lower Columbia tribs: A few spring chinook are entering Big Creek, Gnat Creek, and the Young’s Bay system. Fish are available in tidewater areas and upstream.
  • Nestucca/Three Rivers: Spring chinook angling is fair to good. Recent rains should spur fish to move upriver out of tidewater. Bobber fishing in tidewater or the lower river will produce the best results. Summer steelhead angling is improving as more fish enter the system. Angling for cutthroat should be fair to good throughout the river in the early part of the season.
  • Tillamook Bay: Spring chinook fishing has been fair to good. The lower bay was the better bet last week, but fishing should pick up again in the upper bay as the next minus tide series starts. Trolling spinners or herring should produce some bites. A few sturgeon are still being caught, and this week’s tides are good.
  • Trask River: Fishing for steelhead is fair, with a few summer steelhead showing up. Fishing is improving for spring chinook. Best catches have been in tidewater, but some fish are being caught up to the hatchery. Bobber fishing baits has been the most productive. Angling for cutthroat should be good. The north, south and east forks are open for trout fishing until June 15. Small spinners or flies work well.
  • Wilson River: Fishing for summer steelhead is fair. Spring chinook angling is fair, with the lower river being the best bet. Try bobber and bait in the deeper holes. Cutthroat trout fishing should be fair to good throughout the river.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • A free Family Fishing Event will take place Sat. June 4 from 9:30 to 1 pm at Alton Baker Canoe Canal in Eugene. Call the Springfield Field Office at 541-726-3515 for additional information or see information below.
  • North Fork Reservoir will be stocked this week with 6,000 rainbow trout.
  • Detroit and Henry Hagg lakes have been chosen as venues for Cabela’s and the Outdoor Channel’s “Wanna Fish for Millions” promotion, which runs through July 14. Large trout and bass have been tagged with spaghetti tags that could be worth up to $2 million to the angler lucky enough to catch one. Anglers have to be registered at Cabela’s website to participate. To register, go to www.cabelas.com/fishformillions.
  • Fishing for spring chinook and catch-and-release sturgeon continues on the Willamette River. Reports indicate that chinook fishing remains good but the sturgeon bite has been red hot.
  • Summer steelhead and spring chinook have entered the Santiam basin and will be the main focus of anglers for the next several weeks.
  • Warmer weather and recent trout stocking should make for some excellent family fishing on lakes, ponds and streams throughout the zone. Read on to find a fishing hole near you.

CENTRAL ZONE

  • Anglers continue to report good trout fishing in Crane Prairie and Wickiup reservoirs and South Twin Lake.
  • The road to Big Lava and Little Lava lakes is now open.
  • Lake trout fishing has been good on Odell Lake, and kokanee fishing has been improving as the weather warms.

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Fishing for wild redband trout has been good on Cottonwood Reservoir.
  • The Chewaucan River downstream of the highway 31 bridge is now open to fishing.
  • Perch and crappie fishing has been fair on Owyhee Reservoir with anglers reporting good numbers of 8 to 10-inch crappie.
  • Heart Lake and Lofton and Holbrook reservoirs are accessible and fishing for rainbow trout should be good.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • High water levels continue to limit opportunities in many rivers, but stocking continues on many area lakes and ponds where fishing should be good.

COLUMBIA ZONE

  • Angling is open for salmon, steelhead and shad in the Columbia River from the Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • Sturgeon angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Marker 82.
  • Shad angling should begin to improve in the next couple of weeks.

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