What’s Fishin’ In Oregon (7-21-11)

Monique in Hillsboro, this Oregon fishing report is for you.

She asked on our Facebook page for some ideas, and we sent her a couple, including some freshly stocked trout lakes in the Clackasystem.

There’s also ODFW’s 50 within 60 — half a hundred spots to fish within an hour of PDX, an online PDF and map available here.

If those are a no-go, Monique, fill up the gas tank ’cause we’ve got a mess more ideas around the Beaver State, from albacore as close in as 15 to 20 miles out of Newport and 17 out of Depoe Bay — “Tuna fishing has been ‘stupid’ easy this year,” reports our man in the know just now — cutthroat on coastal cricks to summer steelhead in the Columbia and Willamette drainages to trout in Eastern Oregon.

Here are highlights ripped straight from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report — good luck, Monique!


  • Trout fishing continues to be good in a number of area lakes and reservoirs including Eel and Fish lakes and Howard Prairie Reservoir.
  • The selective ocean coho season opened on July 2.
  • Now that water temperatures have warmed up a bit, fishing for bass, bluegill, crappie and perch has been picking up on many area lakes and ponds including Agate and Willow lakes,  Applegate Reservoir and Lake Selmac.



  • Alsea River: Cutthroat trout fishing is producing fair to good results.  Most all streams in the basin are open to cutthroat trout angling unless specifically stated in the 2011 sport fishing regulations. Using traditional tactics with spinning or fly fishing gear is productive.  The Alsea can also offer excellent catches of crayfish.
  • Siletz River: Steelhead fishing is good with fish being caught throughout the main stem. The best opportunities will be in the mid to upper river from the town of Siletz to the fishing deadline in the gorge. Good numbers of summer steelhead are returning and should continue through July. Cutthroat trout season is open as well and can be very good using lighter tackle.
  • Yaquina River: Cutthroat trout fishing is good in the Yaquina and Big Elk basins. Using light tackle with small lures or flies can be very effective.  Upper tidewater can offer good catch rates by trolling small lures or baits.


  • Spring chinook fishing is fair on the Clackamas and Sandy rivers.
  • 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.


  • Water flows on the Crooked River have stabilized and anglers report catching trout up to 20-inches long.
  • Trout fishing continues to be good in many of Central Oregon’s lakes and reservoirs.
  • Trout fishing on the Lower Deschutes River is good with water levels going down and good hatches of caddis and golden stoneflies.


  • Crappie fishing continues to improve on many area reservoirs.
  • Access is now available for most desert Reservoirs. Fishing for rainbow trout has been good at Duncan, Holbrook, Lofton, Deadhorse, Campbell, Thief Valley and Wolf Creek reservoirs, and at Lake of the Woods.
  • Chinook salmon are scheduled to be stocked for a second time July 14 in the Powder River below Mason Dam.


  • Fishing for stocked rainbow trout continues to be good on several area lakes and ponds.


  • Crappie fishing is fair-good but have a very light bite and are at 10-20 feet.  The crappie are fairly large this year, with many over 12 inches. Currently, the jig colors that are working are red/chartruese, black/chartruese, and chartruese.  Catfish angling is picking up as well. Bass fishing is good. Call Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites or visit their website.


  • Summer steelhead are abundant in the lower Columbia River.
  • Angling for adipose fin-clipped summer Chinook is open from Bonneville Dam to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam.
  • Sturgeon angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Marker 82 near Multnomah Falls through July 31; however, retention above Wauna powerlines is only allowed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


  • Intrepid sport tuna fishers began catching tuna around the first part of July, but they were fishing as much as 50 miles offshore. Now the tuna are closer – as close as 15 to 20 miles in some places on the coast – which is about as close as they come most years. Anglers out of Depoe Bay and Newport landed around 10 fish per angler while other ports were in the five or six fish per angler. Charter operators in several ports are now offering tuna fishing trips. Tuna usually remain off the Oregon coast into October.
  • Starting July 21, bottomfish anglers must stay within the 20-fathom line (defined by waypoints). The closure of bottom fishing beyond the 20-fathom line is to reduce the likelihood of anglers catching yelloweye rockfish and the catch-and-release mortality of the rockfish, which is considered overfished by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
  • Coho fishing remains spotty up and down the coast with some limits reported out of Depoe Bay and off the Columbia River. At most ports on the rest of the coast, ocean-caught salmon are still few and far between. Fishing for fin-clipped coho opened July 2 off the central coast. Chinook fishing is poor.
  • The next minus tide series starts early in the morning of July 27.
  • 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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