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  • Outdoor Report 4/2

    Customer Austin Pottratz caught this killer Spring Chinook on Thursday from the Willamette River near Oregon City and promptly entered it into the Fisherman’s Springer Derby, which is on now through June 30th. The delicious-looking Salmon hit a trolled herring. Nice job, Austin! Be sure to enter your own hatchery fin-clipped Springer at any one of our three store locations (fish must be gutted prior to weigh-in) for your own shot at some killer weekly, monthly and overall prizes provided by P Line, Okuma and Beckman Nets! Fish on!

    Customer Austin Pottratz caught this killer Spring Chinook on Thursday from the Willamette River near Oregon City and promptly entered it into the Fisherman’s Springer Derby, which is on now through June 30th. The delicious-looking Salmon hit a trolled herring. Nice job, Austin! Be sure to enter your own hatchery fin-clipped Springer at any one of our three store locations (fish must be gutted prior to weigh-in) for your own shot at some killer weekly, monthly and overall prizes provided by P Line, Okuma and Beckman Nets! Fish on!

    Winter Steelhead fishing continues to be an option for anglers all across Northwest Oregon.  A lot of hatcheries have switched to broodstock programs which give anglers a viable option to catch quality hatchery Steelhead through the first few weeks of April.  These fish are hitting freshwater with rivers typically being a little bit warmer then they were a few months ago.  This means that fish will be even more aggressive, attacking spinners, spoons, plugs, jigs, pink worms, bait and beads with a vengeance.  Look for fish to be moving so "walking speed" water fish will feel comfortable in is a good place to start. Be sure to check regulations for the river you intend to fish, as some Oregon streams close to Steelhead after March 31st.
    Spring Chinook are a a big focus for Fishermen right now with some of the biggest 4-year old fish being caught early.  Herring, prawns and eggs are some of the go-to baits for Springers.  Anglers have reported success from Oregon City all the way to the bottom of the Multnomah Channel. The plan for a lot of fishermen has been to pick the part of the river they know best and spend their time with techniques that they have confidence in.  As the river warms up, look for a lot more fish to be caught and for the fish to become more aggressive.

    ODFW has told us that they are going to still be stocking Trout, but will not be telling folks where and when as to hopefully keep the pressure down and allow people to keep a good distance from each other.  Freshly-stocked Trout are typically aggressive and willing to bite an array of techniques.  Bait is always a fan favorite, with nightcrawlers, Powerbait, salmon eggs and shrimp rounding out the most popular choices.  Casting spinners from the bank is a fun way to search for your limit.  Rooster Tails, Panther Martins and Blue Fox are just a few of the many spinners that will work for Trout.  Casting them parallel to the bank will get you in front of Trout that are cruising the shoreline looking for an easy meal.  Out of a boat, anglers can troll Wedding Rings, Flatfish and Mag Lips to search for Trout.  Often the larger, holdover Trout get caught by anglers trolling these plugs.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been fair on the Willamette.  As we get more rain and the Columbia gets higher, look for more Sturgeon to pull into the lower Willamette.  Squid, Shrimp, Herring and Smelt have all been working well.

     

    Always be sure to check local regulations at ODFW and WDFW before heading out. Find reports and two most widely used baits, information on the Fisherman's Community page.

     

    Apr 03, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 3/26

    Iral from our Oregon City store with a nice Willamette River smallmouth bass caught earlier this week. The fish were hitting a variety of crankbaits. We are at that point on the calendar where the limited angling options of winter are changing to the many and varied options of spring. In addition to Steelhead and Spring Chinook, Bass, Walleye and Trout are beginning to stir, so come see us to get your gear and get your favorite fish on! Iral from our Oregon City store with a nice Willamette River smallmouth bass caught earlier this week. The fish were hitting a variety of crankbaits. We are at that point on the calendar where the limited angling options of winter are changing to the many and varied options of spring. In addition to Steelhead and Spring Chinook, Bass, Walleye and Trout are beginning to stir, so come see us to get your gear and get your favorite fish on!

    Winter Steelhead fishing continues to be good, despite the lack of rain.  Along the coast, rivers have still been getting pushes of fresh fish.  This week's rain shows promise that rivers will get a significant enough bump in height that the fishing should be pretty darn good.  Lately, fish have been caught on jigs, beads and bait as the water has been low and clear for almost every river.  As the rivers get this bump in rain, look for fish to be snapping on nearly any presentation that you can think of.  Spinners, spoons, plugs, bobberdoggin or side drifting bait, jigs, beads, worms or any other combination you can think of will work.  Water temps have risen slightly and that will also contribute to the aggressiveness of these fresh Steelhead. Remember that some streams close to steelhead fishing after March 31st, so be sure to check regulations. Also, if you are planning on heading to the coast many access points and ramps have been closed in certain counties. During these times it’s a good practice to “know before you go”.

    Spring Chinook fishing has continued to improve all throughout the Willamette, with fish being caught from Oregon City all the way to the bottom of the Multnomah Channel.  In Oregon City, most anglers are back trolling with Jumbo Jet Divers and either Prawns, Sand Shrimp, eggs or Kwikfish.  As you move down river, the vast majority of fishermen are going to be trolling with a triangle flasher and herring or prawns.  They will also troll 360 flashers with small 3.5 size spinners, prawns or Brad’s Superbait Cut Plugs.  These fish like to sit part way up the water column as there really isn’t much current pushing them to the bottom.  Bring along a few different scents to try as these fish tend to see a lot of bait and making your herring stand out from the crowd can be a make or break deal.

    Trout fishing has continued to be good and will just keep getting better as the weeks go on.  Spring is one of the best times of the year to chase some rainbow trout.  ODFW starts heavily stocking lakes with thousands of rainbow trout for anglers to catch and keep.  Freshly stocked trout will, most of the time, eat just about anything.  Fishing bait under bobbers or just off of the bottom is always a go-to technique.  Casting spinners, spoons, bubble and fly or trolling small plugs are all great ways to catch your limit.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing is a good option this time of year of year as well.  Especially when combined with a Spring Chinook trip.  Fish for Springers in the morning and then try your hand at catching some dinosaurs for the afternoon.  Squid, Shrimp, Smelt and Herring are all good Sturgeon baits.

    Spring also marks the time of year when folks start to target Small and Largemouth Bass.  The Willamette and Columbia will start to get good as soon as we have a long stretch of warm weather.  These fish are spring spawners so look for fish to start moving up shallow in the coming months.  Soft plastics and deep diving crankbaits will be good choices when chasing these fish as they come up off their deeper winter haunts.

     

    Always be sure to check local regulations at ODFW and WDFW before heading out. Find reports and two most widely used baits, information on the Fisherman's Community page.

    Mar 27, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 3/19

    Robert from our Oregon City store caught this gorgeous winter steelhead this past Tuesday from an Oregon Coast stream. The hyperactive fish hit a Mad River Steelhead Worm fished on an 1/8-ounce jig fished under a Thill Turbomaster III Float. Steelhead fishing remains pretty good despite the low, clear water conditions, and many rivers will continue to see fresh fish for at least a few more weeks. Fish on! Robert from our Oregon City store caught this gorgeous winter steelhead this past Tuesday from an Oregon Coast stream. The hyperactive fish hit a Mad River Steelhead Worm fished on an 1/8-ounce jig fished under a Thill Turbomaster III Float. Steelhead fishing remains pretty good despite the low, clear water conditions, and many rivers will continue to see fresh fish for at least a few more weeks. Fish on!

    Locally, the winter Steelhead fishing has continued to be good, with anglers finding success, even in the low, clear water conditions.  It looks as though we have rain in the forecast, which is a welcomed sight for most Northwest anglers.  With the next batch of rain, many coastal and valley rivers will receive yet another shot of fresh winter steelhead.  These fish will come in hot and feisty as water temps have slowly started to rise.  Jigs, worms, bait, beads and hardware will all be great choices when chasing these newly arriving fish.

    Spring Chinook continue to show in decent numbers and with rising water temps, especially in the Willamette, the fishing is going to get better.  We have had reports of fish all throughout the Willamette with a good portion of the reports coming from the Portland Harbor and Multnomah Channel.  Trolling prawns or cut-plug herring behind a triangle flasher has been the most widely used technique lately.  Look for the 360° flasher and 3.5 spinner bite to take off once the water temp rises a few more degrees.  In the Columbia, there have definitely been some fish around with the majority of the reports coming from Frenchman’s Bar down to the mouth of the Lewis.  These anglers are either trolling herring and a flasher on the bottom, or, anchoring up with Mag Lips, Kwikfish or Brad’s Killerfish.  Trolling in long flat sections of the river or anchoring up near choke/cutoff points have been the go-to locations to try your luck in catching a few delicious Spring Chinook.

    Kokanee fishing remains a great option for local anglers.  Merwin Lake has been a great choice with anglers finding success in multiple areas around the lake.  Small Spin-N-Glos, bright-colored hoochies tipped with corn have been great bait choices.  One trick that has worked for anglers has been to stagger their rod depths until you find a consistent pattern or depth that works.  Doing this helps you find specifically where they are located and helps fill your fish box that much faster.

    Trout fishing is a spring favorite for a lot of anglers all across the state.  ODFW has plans to stock 150,000 Trout over the next two weeks including Hagg Lake, Cape Meares Lake, Pine Hollow Reservoir and many more.  These freshly stocked trout make for a fun time for anglers of all skill levels.  Spring is a great time to be on the water chasing some trout!

    Walleye fishing in the Columbia River Gorge has been decent lately with anglers finding some tasty Walleye to take home for some fresh fish and chips.  These fish love to hang out in long flat sections with even bottoms.  Trolling worm harnesses with bottom walkers is one of the oldest techniques in the book, but still works just as well today as it did 30 years ago.  You can make these worm harnesses with small spinner blades, Spin-N-Glos, Smile Blades or Wild Wings.

    Bottom fishing has been good for those that have been heading to the coast.  Lingcod and Rockfish have been making up the majority of the catch and we are reaching the time of year when the biggest Lingcod are caught.  Large curly tail grubs, vertical jigs and Rock Cod Rigs have all been working well.

    Razor clamming has been great along the North Oregon Coast as well as the Washington Coast.  Folks reported quick limits during the last Razor Clam opener at Long Beach.

    OLYMPIA – WDFW has halted a previously scheduled razor clam dig that was to begin today, Friday, March 20, in response to an order today by the Pacific County Health Officer advising the closure of beaches to razor clam digging.

    State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) had approved a dig after vetting it with county officials and health departments in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, and after consultation with state health officials.

    The cancelled digs include the following:

    • March 20, Friday 5:27 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
    • March 21, Saturday, 6:07 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
    • March 22, Sunday, 6:41 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
    • March 23, Monday, 7:12 pm, 0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

     

    Always be sure to check local regulations at ODFW and WDFW before heading out. Find reports and two most widely used baits, information on the Fisherman's Community page.

     

    Mar 23, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 3/12

     Nina Conable and her Dad, Paul, fished earlier this week with Fisherman’s Pro Guide Chris Vertopoulos to catch and release these gorgeous Steelhead. Great catch, crew! Winter Steelhead angling should remain good around the region for the next few weeks. Chris V’s Guide Service: 503-349-1377.
    Nina Conable and her Dad, Paul, fished earlier this week with Fisherman’s Pro Guide Chris Vertopoulos to catch and release these gorgeous Steelhead. Great catch, crew! Winter Steelhead angling should remain good around the region for the next few weeks. Chris V’s Guide Service: 503-349-1377.

    Winter Steelhead fishing continues to be great around the local area.  Most rivers have now gotten low and clear which can bring its own set of challenges.  The fish are still there just hiding a little better.  Downsizing your gear, switching your leaders to fluorocarbon and approaching spots with a little more stealth are all things to consider when chasing these clear water fish.  Beads, jigs, bait and hardware are all great technique choices under low water conditions.  Look for more broodstock hatchery fish to show up, especially when we get some more rain.  The Clackamas and Sandy have both been hot spots for local anglers, giving folks the option to get out before or after work for a really good shot at catching a few Steelhead.

    Spring Chinook fishing has definitely started, and we have been getting reports all week of fish being caught throughout the Willamette as well as a few fish from the middle Columbia.  Bait seems to be what the majority of fish are being caught on.  Either Cured Prawns or cut-plug Green Label Herring have been the two best bait options.  As the water warms up slightly and more fish enter the system, we will get a huge push of fishermen fishing divers and eggs in the Oregon City area.  As these Spring Chinook push their way upriver, look for the fishing to improve noticeably over the next several weeks.

    Kokanee fishing has also been great.  Anglers are finding success trolling high in the water column since the water is still quite cold.  Small spinner blades, small Spin-N-Glos, bright-colored hoochies and Wiggle Hoochies have all been productive.  Using different scents has helped anglers keep the bite going when the kokanee get picky.

    This is the time of year when ODFW starts to ramp up their Trout stocking efforts around the state.  These freshly-stocked Trout are typically very aggressive and willing biters.  Fishing bait off of the bottom or under a bobber is a great option as these fish will be congregated around the docks or ramps where they are stocked.  Casting spinners, Kastmasters and spoons are all good options as well.  It’s another great way to get younger generations into the sport because they are having to constantly cast and they will get to feel the bite for themselves.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing in the Willamette remains a solid option but keep in mind the fish often go on and off the bite. Perseverance and changing up baits often makes the difference. Sand shrimp, squid, herring and smelt have all been working at times.

    Clamming has been great these last few negative tide sets.  Make sure to check the WDFW website as there are more Long Beach Clam digs tentatively set.  Oregon, however, is currently open seven days a week from Astoria to the North Jetty of the Siuslaw River at Florence.  Check the tide tables and be sure to mark your calendars for the next set of negative tides.  Seaside north to Astoria has the some of the best Razor Clamming in the state.

    Bottom fishing has been good, and, with nicer weather on the horizon, look for it to get even better.  Reports have been that both Lingcod and Rockfish are plentiful at the moment, and lots of anglers have been finding limits when ocean conditions allow.  Vertical jigs and shrimp flies have been two of the top producing techniques.

     

    Always be sure to check local regulations at ODFW and WDFW before heading out. Find reports and two most widely used baits, information on the Fisherman's Community page.

    Mar 13, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 3/5

    Former Fisherman’s employee, Corey Simser, teamed up with Willamette River Springer guru, Garry Young, to catch this awesome Chinook on Wednesday! The fish slammed a Brad’s Kokanee Cut Plug tipped with a chunk of prawn meat fished along the bottom. A really gorgeous Springer, gentlemen, congrats!

    Former Fisherman’s employee, Corey Simser, teamed up with Willamette River Springer guru, Garry Young, to catch this awesome Chinook on Wednesday! The fish slammed a Brad’s Kokanee Cut Plug tipped with a chunk of prawn meat fished along the bottom. A really gorgeous Springer, gentlemen, congrats!

    Winter Steelhead fishing has been quite good these past few weeks.  This next bump in rain should have all rivers into fishable shape.  At the moment, we have had a really good mix of hatchery and wild steelhead being caught.  As we are into the peak of the season, we start to see some of the biggest fish of the year get caught.  These fish are often really large wild bucks and tend to be caught on plugs, spoons, spinners and large bait rigs. There's something about a large “in your face” presentation that really irritates these special steelhead!

    Spring Chinook are starting to be caught almost daily.  This past week the Willamette has put out quite a few Spring Chinook throughout the lower river.  Anglers have been doing the best on prawns or trolling a cut-plug herring and flasher.  In the Channel and lower Willamette, anglers are fishing suspended, as the river is very snaggy down there.  Once you get up in the Spaghetti Factory area and up through Milwaukie, a lot of anglers have figured out where the flat ledges and even bottom sections are and will troll their rigs right near the bottom.

    Kokanee fishing has still been really good this past week up at Merwin Lake.  The reports say that the fish have been good size and plentiful.  With the fish still high in the water column, anglers have been finding success on a multitude of techniques.  Dodgers with a short leader and either a small Spin-N-Glo or bright colored hoochie have been some of the best options.

    Huddleston Pond, St. Louis Ponds and Sheridan Pond all were stocked this past week with legal Trout.  Henry Hagg Lake was also stocked with 12,000 Trout!  Starting in March and going all spring, ODFW will be ramping up their Trout stocking efforts.  These fish are going to be aggressive, especially right after being stocked.  Powerbait, nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, spinners and plugs will all work extremely well for these aggressive fish.

    Bottom fishing has been good with a lot of anglers getting out and finding a nice grade of Lingcod as well as Rockfish.  Large curly tail grubs have worked well for Lingcod while Shrimp Flies and P-Line Rock Cod Rigs have been taking the majority of the Rockfish.

    Folks have been out chasing Surf Perch and having good success all along the coast.  Berkley Gulp Sandworms and Sand Shrimp have been the top producing baits.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been good in the lower Willamette.  Squid, Sand Shrimp and Smelt have all been good baits to choose from.

    Razor Clamming has been good and the last few openers we have had at Long Beach have been quick limits for most folks that make the drive over.

    DIGS APPROVED!

    The approved digs are for the following beaches, dates and low tides in Washington:

    MARCH
    • March 6, Friday, 4:11 pm -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
    • March 7, Saturday, 4:59 pm -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
    • March 8, Sunday, 6:43 pm -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
    • March 9, Monday, 7:25 pm -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
    • March 10, Tuesday, 8:06 pm -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
    • March 11, Wednesday, 8:46 pm -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

     

    Always be sure to check local regulations at ODFW and WDFWbefore heading out. Find reports and two most widely used baits, information on the Fisherman's Community page.

    Mar 06, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 2/27

    This is Spring Chinook #2 that Bob Hubel caught while fishing with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Eric Baird, earlier this week from the lower Willamette River. The delicious fish hit a prawn/spinner combo. Nice job, guys! (Eric Baird and Play ‘N’ Hooky Guide Service: 503-504-1822.) This is Spring Chinook #2 that Bob Hubel caught while fishing with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Eric Baird, earlier this week from the lower Willamette River. The delicious fish hit a prawn/spinner combo. Nice job, guys!
    (Eric Baird and Play ‘N’ Hooky Guide Service: 503-504-1822.)

    Winter Steelhead fishing continues to be great all around the region.  From Northern California into Southwest Washington, anglers are reporting great success for both hatchery and wild Steelhead.  Virtually every river is in good condition, and with little rain in the forecast, a lot of rivers will start to get low and clear.  Fish will still be entering the rivers, however, you may need to alter your tactics to find what the fish are after.  Float fishing jigs, beads or bait will all be effective options when trying to trick low water steelhead.  Side drifting and Bobberdoggin’ are still great options as rivers are still in the in between stages of getting low.  Pulling plugs is another great option as fish start to congregate in deeper water.  Backing down a small Hot Shot or smaller size Mag Lip can be exactly what the doctor ordered.

    Spring Chinook are becoming a bigger reality as every week passes.  We are still receiving a few reports of an occasional Springer caught down in the Portland Harbor area.  These fish are going to be suspended, so trolling a flasher with either a cut-plug herring or prawn are going to be a couple of your go-to rigs for chasing these world-renowned fish.  Farther up near Oregon City, there are still a few reports of Springers being caught by the anglers plunking at Meldrum Bar.  The majority of the fish being caught here are wild Steelhead with an occasional hatchery Steelhead and Spring Chinook in the mix.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been killer lately.  With the drop in river height and with less debris coming down, the Sturgeon bite has definitely turned on in the Lower Willamette.  Smelt, herring, sandshrimp and squid have all been working well.

    Kokanee fishing has remained excellent up at Merwin Lake.  The fish have been aggressive, and anglers are reporting quite a few boats are finding limits of these delicious fish.  Trolling high in the water column has been the ticket for a lot of anglers, with a few fishermen finding fish just below the surface.  Wedding rings, small Spin-N-Glos, small spinner blades and bright-colored hoochies have all been producing well.

    Trout fishing has been a steady option lately.  Lakes are continuing to get stocked and, locally, St. Louis Ponds just got stocked with 1,000 legal trout and are going to be getting another shot of 1,000 trout next week.  With its close proximity to Portland, these lakes make it an ideal location for fishermen that are trying to find a fun place to take the family for a day on the water.

    Bottom fishing has been good, especially along the Central Coast.  These delicious fish are quite plentiful and usually there are plenty to go around for everyone.  Your biggest challenge can be the weather, so keep a close eye on the weather station before heading to the coast for a day at the bottom fish grounds.  Large curly tail grubs and shrimp flies have been the most popular lure choices lately.

    Crabbing has still been a great option.  Both Nehalem and Tillamook Bay provide great crabbing year-round.  So make sure to bring some pots with you to soak while you are headed out bottom fishing or even if you just want a day on the water crabbing.

    Some anglers have been taking advantage of the nice weather we have been having and have been chasing after surf perch.  These pan-sized fish are a super fun way to spend a few hours in the surf.  These fish are mainly fished for on an incoming tide, so plan your day around the tides and you are sure to find some success.  Sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp Sand Worms are the two best bait options.

     

    Always be sure to check local regulations at ODFW and WDFW before heading out. Find reports and two most widely used baits, information on the Fisherman's Community page.

    Feb 28, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 2/20

    Dave Neels from our Oregon City store caught this awesome Spring Chinook on Monday from the lower Willamette River. The delicious fish hit a prawn fished behind a spinner blade. Nice catch, Dave! Dave Neels from our Oregon City store caught this awesome Spring Chinook on Monday from the lower Willamette River. The delicious fish hit a prawn fished behind a spinner blade. Nice catch, Dave!

    Winter steelhead fishing this past week was really good on the coastal rivers as well as in the valley.  The warmer temps along with the relatively dry weather we have had has rivers on the drop and the fish on the bite.  Anglers have been experiencing success from tidewater all the way up to the reaches of rivers only bank fishermen can access.  Virtually all techniques have put fish in the boat and on the bank.  Bobber fishing has been the go-to for most anglers.  A lot of fishermen have been bobberdoggin baits and beads as well as traditional float fishing with pink worms, bait or jigs.  Folks that have been “old school” drift fishing have also been having great success. Pink Worms, Corkie and yarn, yarn and eggs or sand shrimp and Cheaters have all been working.

    Spring Chinook have started getting caught this week with reports coming from the Portland Harbor, Sellwood area as well as Oregon City.  Folks down low have had their success trolling cut-plug herring with flashers.  In the harbor area, keeping your gear suspended up off of the bottom is virtually a must as the bottom is incredibly snaggy.  Up towards Oregon City, the reports have been from the bank anglers plunking along Meldrum Bar.  Reports of a few Spring Chinook as well as quite a few Winter Steelhead have surfaced from the anglers spending their day plunking Spin-N-Glos and coon stripe shrimp or prawns.  Look for reports to get better as each week passes.

    Kokanee fishing has remained a great option.  These delicious landlocked salmon have been a great fishery this winter as we have had so much rain and a lot of rivers have had minimal days of fishable water.  These fish are still relatively high in the water column, and if evening temperatures stay low, the Kokanee should still stay up near the surface.  Dodgers with short leaders behind them and small Spin-N-Glos, spinner blades, Wedding Rings and Wiggle Hoochies have all been producing.

    ODFW has continued its trout planting with most of the recent plants being down in the Springfield, Willamette area.  They will continue planting trout through the rest of the year and will start planting more close to the Portland Metro area in the coming months.  These freshly planted trout are typically quite aggressive and are willing biters, initially.  Once they get wise to the typical Powerbait fished off the bottom, that is when having a few trick up your sleeve can pay dividends.  Spinners, spoons or bubble and fly are all great choices to trick picky trout into biting.  Casting along the shoreline to intercept cruising trout can be a very fun way to spend a day on the water.

    Catch and release sturgeon fishing was good this past week, with the Portland Harbor once again being the hot spot.  Smelt, Squid, Herring and Sandshrimp were all good bait choices.  These fish make for a great fishery especially when in combination with a Springer trip.  Spring Chinook fish in the morning and then pull on hard fighting sturgeon in the afternoon makes for a great day on the water that anyone can enjoy.

    Crabbing picked up some this last week as rivers have subsided and the bays have cleaned out a lot of the excess fresh water.

    Clamming was good last week during the Long Beach opener.  There are more tentative dates that are coming up for Long Beach Razor Clamming.  Check in with us regularly as we will update everyone as soon as we get word of an opener.

    DIGS APPROVED!

    The following digs are approved in Washington:

    FEBRUARY
    • February 20, Thursday, 4:54 pm -0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
    • February 21, Friday, 5:35 pm -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
    • February 22, Saturday, 6:11 pm -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
    • February 23, Sunday, 6.44 pm -.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

     

    Always be sure to check local regulations at ODFW and WDFW before heading out. Find reports and two most widely used baits, information on the Fisherman's Community page.

    Feb 19, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 2/13

    Cal Honl has plenty to smile about after weighing-in the first hatchery Spring Chinook of the season at our Oregon City Store on Thursday, winning our $100.00 Springer Bounty in the process! Congratulations on a beautiful Springer, Cal! Cal Honl has plenty to smile about after weighing-in the first hatchery Spring Chinook of the season at our Oregon City Store on Thursday, winning our $100.00 Springer Bounty in the process! Congratulations on a beautiful Springer, Cal!

    At least three Spring Chinook have been caught from the lower Willamette River this week, giving anglers hope for the upcoming season! Long-time Fisherman’s customer, Cal Honl, claimed our $100 Springer Bounty by weighing-in the first confirmed hatchery keeper at our Oregon City store on Thursday. Another long-time customer, Brent Lackey, then caught another gorgeous keeper today (Friday) while fishing with the “Sultan of Sellwood,” John Shmilenko. Both fish were caught on plug-cut herring. Make no mistake, February Spring Chinook are hard to come by, and it’s a dedicated lot who pursue them when there aren’t that many around. But the run is just starting, and certainly there will be some good fishing ahead as numbers continue to build over the lengthy season. Spring Chinook are a decidedly Pacific Northwest delicacy worthy of celebration, if for no other reason than they signify the end to our long, dreary Northwest winter, with the promise of Spring ahead and all of the outdoor possibilities it delivers to Northwest anglers!

    Winter steelhead fishing has been good for those that have been able to make it out after the last episode of high water.  Folks have been finding success all along the coast and we have reports of some really big fish being caught.  The water is dropping and is a killer “steelhead green” color on a lot of rivers.  Fishermen have found fish in all parts of the rivers from down low in tidewater all the way up to the small water that only bank fishermen can get to.  Bright colored worms, beads, yarn balls, eggs, shrimp and plugs have all been catching fish lately.  Boat fishermen are finding success Bobberdoggin’, side-drifting and backtrolling plugs.  It’s that magical time where you can pick your favorite technique and run with it all day and usually find success.

    Kokanee fishing has still been good up at Merwin Lake.  These Kokanee are getting fatter by the week and have stayed aggressive with lots of anglers reporting great success.  Fish are still pretty high in the water column, so a lot of anglers are finding success just flat-lining or with very minimal weight. Small Spin-N-Glos, spinner blades and small pink hoochies have all been working well.  Make sure you tip your lure with some Shoepeg corn and you are in business.

    Trout fishing is still a great option and as spring approaches, the water and weather will start to get warmer and the trout will get even more active.  Right now, still fishing bait is going to be one of your best options as trout will be slowly cruising the bottom or near the shorelines looking for an easy meal.  Nightcrawlers, Powerbait, salmon eggs or Berkley Gulp are all good bait options when fished either under a bobber or off of the bottom.

    Crabbing will be getting better as the bays along the coast have started to empty out all the excess freshwater from the recent torrents of rain.  During the Winter months, crabbing can be a fun, interactive and productive way to get the family onto the water.  Baiting and pulling pots is a great way to get the younger generation involved.

    Catch and release sturgeon fishing has still been good.  The high water hasn’t deterred these great biting fish and the action has been good.  The Portland Harbor still remains one of the best places to target these prehistoric creatures.  Smelt, squid, herring and sand shrimp have all been go-to baits.

    Razor Clamming was good this past week at Long Beach.  With reports of quick limits and good size clams for most of the clammers. WDFW has set preliminary dates for more digs throughout the rest of the winter.  So be ready for more dates to be released and more clams to be caught.

     

    Always be sure to check local regulations at ODFW and WDFW before heading out. Find reports and two most widely used baits, information on the Fisherman's Community page.

    Feb 14, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 2/6

    Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Dan Dieter, took advantage of a break in the weather earlier this week to put client Phil Burger onto this nice hatchery broodstock steelhead. Phil, an extremely accomplished Steelhead angler, has been a long-time customer of both Fisherman’s and Deet’s Guide Service. Congrats on yet another awesome Steelhead, Phil, and thank you for all of your business over the years Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Dan Dieter, took advantage of a break in the weather earlier this week to put client Phil Burger onto this nice hatchery broodstock steelhead. Phil, an extremely accomplished Steelhead angler, has been a long-time customer of both Fisherman’s and Deet’s Guide Service. Congrats on yet another awesome Steelhead, Phil, and thank you for all of your business over the years.

    This week the vast majority of rivers in the Northwest rose to unfishable heights as we received wave after wave of rain.  With that said, rivers look to finally be dropping back into shape next week and there should be plenty of Steelhead to be caught.  These fish have been hiding out, waiting for a break in the rain to jet upriver.  As rivers clear up the fish will quite often be tucked in next to the shore where they can get the most break from the current.  Don’t be afraid to take your first couple of casts right off the bank, as sometimes that may be right where they are.  Bait, pink worms, Steelhead Scampi, Spin-N-Glos, Corkies and plugs will all be great choices when targeting these high-water fish.  Finding a clear water feeder creek can also be a great place to start as fish will tuck up into those clear water areas to get a break from silt that may be coming down river.

    Springers are going to start poking their heads into the Columbia and Willamette any day now.  Typically, we start to see a few fish get caught around the beginning of February and then more as the season progresses.  These first fish are almost always caught by anglers trolling herring and a flasher in the lower Willamette.  Cut-plug Green Label herring is usually the ticket with a flasher that has a lot of flash or UV tape on it.  In the Columbia, we start to see the first few fish get caught by those anchor fishing in the lower river.  Kwikfish in sizes 13-15 and Mag Lips from sizes 3.5-5.0 are among the favorites of these plug fishermen.

    Catch and release sturgeon fishing has still been great for those fishing the lower Willamette specifically.  However, with all of the recent rain, be very careful about where you anchor and where in the river you plan to fish.  With rivers rising as we head into the weekend, there will likely be a lot of debris coming down river.

    Kokanee fishing remains a great option, especially at Merwin Lake.  These fish have been aggressive and anglers are reporting a really nice grade of fish.  Most fish are still relatively high in the water column, so those anglers that don’t have downriggers can still do really well.  Shoepeg corn is a must and adding different scents can really mix it up.  Again, small spinner blades, Wiggle Hoochies and small Spin-N-Glos have all been performing well.

    Crabbing is always an option and look for it to get a lot better once the bays flush out all of the fresh water brought in by the recent rains.

    Razor clamming has opened in Oregon from Astoria to Tillamook Head and WDFW announced that Long Beach, along with several other beaches, are going to be open for evening digs from February 6th through February 12th.

     

    Always be sure to check local regulations at ODFW and WDFW before heading out. Find reports and two most widely used baits, information on the Fisherman's Community page.

     

     

    Feb 07, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 1/30

    Robert from our Oregon City store took advantage of the short window in fishable river levels this past Monday and caught some nice steelhead from a coastal river. The Pearl Tail Mad River Steelhead worm fished on an 1/8-ounce jig head under a float was the ticket. With any luck, there should be a good number of fresh Winter Steelhead around as rivers continue to drop into shape in the coming days. Fish on! Robert from our Oregon City store took advantage of the short window in fishable river levels this past Monday and caught some nice steelhead from a coastal river. The Pearl Tail Mad River Steelhead worm fished on an 1/8-ounce jig head under a float was the ticket. With any luck, there should be a good number of fresh Winter Steelhead around as rivers continue to drop into shape in the coming days. Fish on!

    Winter Steelhead fishing has been up and down this last week.  We had torrential rain that blew most rivers out and after several days we had a window of good fishing before they blew out again.  Once rivers drop back into fishable shape, look for steelhead to be in any river system that gets a run of steelhead.  Lots of rivers have been seeing a bigger influx of hatchery fish, with some really nice Steelhead in the mix.  Most boat anglers have been either side drifting or Bobberdoggin’, but those aren’t the only techniques that produce well, especially during high flows.  Back trolling divers and bait or small steelhead size plugs work extremely well when backed down an inside current seam or through some "walking speed" traveling water.  Often, anglers will catch some of the biggest steelhead of the year using plugs, as the profile is larger and can be a good irritant to large steelhead.

    It’s getting to be the time of year that a few fishermen start to break out the trolling rods and try to catch one of the first few springers of the year.  The first springers are usually caught by someone dragging around a herring and flasher in the lower Willamette or an angler anchor fishing Kwikfish on the lower Columbia. Both rivers are currently running high and pushy, so keep an eye out for debris and be safe!

    Catch and release sturgeon fishing has continued to be a great choice for anglers that want to have some fun on the water.  The Willamette is really high and dirty right now but that hasn’t stopped anglers from targeting sturgeon as they will bite regardless of how high or dirty the water is.  As always, be mindful of debris that may be coming down river as you look for your anchor spots.

    Crabbing remains a constant option up and down the coast.  Rivers may be high and bays may be swollen with water but crabbing is always an option this time of year. Netarts Bay remains the best option on the North Coast as it gets less runoff than other locations.

    Kokanee fishing has been good this last week up on Merwin Lake, with anglers reporting that they have been finding a nice grade of fish.  Kokanee have been caught on a multitude of baits, such as small Spin-N-Glos, Wiggle Hoochies, wedding rings and small spinners.  Kokanee absolutely love to eat Shoepeg corn and it makes for an awesome additive to your lure.  Bring along several different scents to try if the Kokanee suddenly go off of the bite. Sometimes, a switch in scent can be all the difference you need to get the bite going again.

    Trout fishing has been a good option, even with all of the harsh weather we have been having.  Sheridan Pond, Huddleston Pond and Mt. Hood Pond have all been stocked this week and provide good opportunity for anglers in the local area.  Bait will be one of your best options with the cold water.  However, spinners can also be just what you need to get the trout to snap when they have been seeing a lot of the same bait floating around.

     

    Always be sure to check local regulations at ODFW and WDFW before heading out. Find reports and two most widely used baits, information on the Fisherman's Community page.

    Jan 31, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report