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  • Outdoor Report 8/15

    Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Tim Juarez, gives the thumbs up for a much-improved start to the salmon season over the past few years, and all those Coho haven’t even started to push into the river yet! Fish on! Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Tim Juarez, gives the thumbs up for a much-improved start to the salmon season over the past few years, and all those Coho haven’t even started to push into the river yet! Fish on!

    Ocean Coho fishing continues to be excellent as the Columbia is pushing 72 degrees, delaying the Coho from coming in early. These fish school up, making for fast and furious bite when you find them. Trolling triangle flashers and Herring or Anchovies with lead or a Delta Diver are the most popular choices. These fish are frantically feeding on any bait fish they can find, so bait is usually the way to go.

    Buoy 10/Astoria has been fishing better and better for Chinook on each tide set. These fish are on a one-way mission up river and with the Columbia being so warm they are wasting no time. Trolling with the outgoing tide and holding into the incoming tide has been the most widely used method. These fish have been biting both bait and spinners with bait being the most popular option. A reminder that Buoy 10 to Tongue point stretch of river will close to Chinook retention, next Wednesday August 21st. By that time there should be plenty of Coho entering the river to give anglers some incredible action and the ability to harvest two fin clipped Coho.

    Folks have started wobbler fishing and trolling spinners at the mouth of the Cowlitz and Lewis. These fisheries are usually tide dependent, however, with the popularity of the 360O Flasher you can catch these fish all day long. Most fishermen will anchor up on the outgoing and fish wobblers or spinners. Once the tide starts to slack up and into incoming, that’s when the 360O Flasher and small spinners come in. These fish will become suspended at this point and so staggering your depths to find where they are will be crucial. Brad’s Super Bait Cut Plugs, spinners and even Spin-N-Glo’s are all great options to run behind a 360O Flasher.

    Kokanee fishing has remained a constant option, especially for those that are wanting to eat some Salmon but not drive down to the coast. These land-locked Sockeye have really been packing on some weight these last few months so don’t be surprised if you catch some football shaped fish! Trolling your favorite dodger with a small Spin-N-Glo, spinner blades, hoochies and corn will all entice bites. The lakes and reservoirs have warmed up some, so don’t be surprised if you need to drop down deep to find the schools of waiting Kokanee.

    High mountain Trout fishing has also continued to be good. For those that are sneaking in another camping trip before the kids go back to school, mountain lakes can provide some great action this time of year. Trolling small plugs, spinners and flies are a great early morning choice. Following the morning, fish will head to the deeper sections of the lake during the heat of the day. Fishing bait off the bottom may be one of your best bets during this time. Then in the evening, fish will start to move back into the shallower water looking for an easy meal. Casting spinners, spoons and flies are all great evening options.

    Bottom fishing remains great along the coast, with fishermen finding success from the southern Oregon coast all the way up the Washington shoreline. Shrimp flies, large curly tail grubs, vertical jigs and P-Line Rock Cod Rigs are all great options.

    On the Tuna grounds, things have drastically changed compared to a few weeks ago. Warm water currents have moved in close to shore and fishermen are finding hard fighting Albacore as close as 20 miles off the mouth of the Columbia. There has also been a surprising amount of other warm water species being encountered this year. Yellowtail, Blue Fin Tuna, and Spanish Mackerel have all been caught this last week while targeting Albacore. You never know what you might encounter this year. Trolling, vertical jigging and live bait have all been taking fish.

    Walleye fishing continues to be good throughout the Columbia River Gorge with most fishermen still trolling bottom walkers and worm harnesses. Finding long, flat, even bottomed sections of river are where folks have been finding the best success.

     

    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.

    Aug 16, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 8/8

    Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Terry Mulkey, enjoys sharing his love of Northwest salmon fishing with the next generation of anglers. Here he passes the torch on to young Oskar earlier this week near Astoria. Great catch, guys! Mulkey’s Guide Service: 503-803-1896. Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Terry Mulkey, enjoys sharing his love of Northwest salmon fishing with the next generation of anglers. Here he passes the torch on to young Oskar earlier this week near Astoria. Great catch, guys! Mulkey’s Guide Service: 503-803-1896.

    The famed Buoy 10 fishery started down in Astoria last week and the fishing has been good. Not many Coho in the mix, yet, as they are still all staging out in the ocean just off the mouth of the Columbia. Fishermen have been catching their Chinook by trolling both triangle or 360° flashers with Herring, Anchovies, spinners or Brad’s Super Bait Cut Plugs. Both the incoming and outgoing tides have been fishing well. On the incoming, fish are more suspended and on the outgoing the fish tend to get pressed down close to the bottom. With nearly a million coho expected back to the Columbia this year, salmon fishing in Astoria should be excellent in the coming weeks!

    The ocean all along the Oregon and Washington Coasts has been fishing well for both Coho and Chinook. These fish are starting to stage off the mouths of their respected rivers. So, focusing your efforts in those areas will be a great place to start. Fishing Herring or Anchovies behind your favorite flasher has been the most popular technique lately.

    Bottom fishing continues to be good along the coast with plenty of action for those chasing Lingcod and Rockfish. Vertical jigs have been working very well, as have Shrimp Flies and large curly tail grubs.

    Walleye fishing has been good throughout the Columbia River Gorge with a lot of fishermen focusing their efforts on the east side of Bonneville. Trolling worm harnesses has been the most widely used technique, however, some folks are also catching fish trolling longer stick baits.

    Trout fishing, especially in the high mountain lakes, has still been good with anglers trying to focus their efforts on the early morning and late evening hours, especially when we are seeing some temperatures in or near 90 degrees. Trolling small plugs has been working well as well as trolling flies. Early in the morning you will typically see Trout rising at the surface and slow trolling wooly buggers or similar flies can entice a few biters.

    Kokanee fishing has been great in Southwest Washington. Fishermen have been finding success at Swift, Yale and Merwin Lakes while trolling dodgers with small Spin-N-Glo’s, spinner blade and wiggle hoochies.  As usual, tipping your bait with corn is a must for these delicious fish. And don’t be afraid to change up your approach with trying different scents, as that can really get a bite going.

     

    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.

     

    Aug 09, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 8/1

    It’s on! Fisherman’s Pro Staffer, Josiah Darr, with a gorgeous Chinook caught at the Astoria opener on 8-1-19. The fish slammed a plug-cut herring fished behind a Yakima Fish Flash. JDarr Guided Fishing: 206-660-1490. It’s on! Fisherman’s Pro Staffer, Josiah Darr, with a gorgeous Chinook caught at the Astoria opener on 8-1-19. The fish slammed a plug-cut herring fished behind a Yakima Fish Flash. JDarr Guided Fishing: 206-660-1490.

    Ocean fishing remains killer for those chasing Coho and Chinook. The fish have been very active with great reports all up and down the coast. The Coho are already getting big which bodes well for the large Coho run that is expected. In the ocean, trolling Herring or Anchovies has been the ticket with folks also finding success while trolling large hoochies and Brad’s Super Bait Cut Plugs.

    Buoy 10 and the lower Columbia River opens on Thursday, August 1st, for Chinook and Coho retention. With that comes multiple ways to target these fish from trolling up or down hill to anchoring up with your favorite plug or wobbler. Folks in Astoria will be trolling Herring, Anchovies, spinners or Brad’s Super Baits. These fish will suspend up off the bottom on a hard-incoming tide so try staggering your depths to find where the fish are running. Once the tide changes and starts to head back out, drop your gear to the bottom and try to stay within a few feet of bottom as you troll.

    Tuna are here! This year the Tuna have not been within range of sport fishing boats, that is, until this last week. Water patterns have shifted, and the tuna have moved within range. The first fish of the season have come mainly on trolled gear, such as Tuna clones, cedar plugs and large X-Raps. Within the next few weeks look for fish to start keying in on more live bait, vertical jigs and swimbaits. When chasing Tuna, it is always a smart idea to have plenty of gear on board as you never know what they will key in on that day.

    Bottom fishing remains excellent all along the coast. Reports are that a lot of the Bass have really been packing on the weight. Lingcod are still in the mix and some near-shore Halibut are actually being caught as well. It’s also always a great idea to drop some crab pots on your way out to fish, as you can usually add a few handfuls of crab to your Rockfish limit.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing throughout the lower Columbia is still going on, with reports of anglers finding great success fishing Anchovies, Sand Shrimp and Squid.

    Walleye fishing up the Columbia River Gorge has stayed consistent over the past few weeks. Anglers are still finding success while trolling worm harnesses and bottom walkers.

    Trout fishing throughout the Willamette Valley and in the high mountain lakes has been good with anglers reporting success on a multitude of techniques. First thing in the morning, fishermen have been trolling small plugs, spinners and flies, or, casting flies and spinners along shorelines looking for cruising fish. As the sun comes up and warms up the lake, the fish tend to move a little deeper and can be caught fishing Powerbait, nightcrawlers or Berkley Gulp products off the bottom. As the sun goes down, switching back to those early morning techniques will help you once again find those cruising fish.

     

    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.

    Aug 02, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 7/25

    Marissa from our Oregon City store hefts a gorgeous Deschutes River summer steelhead that she caught recently while fishing with Fisherman’s Pro Staffer, Brad Staples. Summer steelhead are starting to show in the big river in decent numbers, and many have reported that fishing is off to a better start than the past few years.  Western Fishing Adventures and Brad Staples: 503-250-0558. Marissa from our Oregon City store hefts a gorgeous Deschutes River summer steelhead that she caught recently while fishing with Fisherman’s Pro Staffer, Brad Staples. Summer steelhead are starting to show in the big river in decent numbers, and many have reported that fishing is off to a better start than the past few years.
    Western Fishing Adventures and Brad Staples: 503-250-0558.

    Up and down the coast, Coho fishing has been stellar in the ocean. Folks are also catching plenty of Chinook, but the Coho fishing has been lights out. Trolling Anchovies, Herring, Brads Cut Plugs or larger size hoochies have all been great choices. Typically, the Coho are higher in the water column and like to chase around the bait fish. This is the time of year when they are packing on the most weight, so they can lose all inhibition when it comes to seeing something they want to eat.

    Bottom fishing also remains excellent, especially on the North Coast. There has been a nice grade of Rockfish being caught with reports of huge Rockbass. P-Line Rock Cod rigs, Shrimp flies and vertical jigs have been the most productive techniques recently. One way to rig them is to use a vertical jig on the bottom and two shrimp flies a foot or two above the jig. That way, you can catch multiple fish when you find the huge pile of them.

    Sturgeon fishing in the Astoria area has continued to be great! A lot of anglers will make their trip to the coast a combo trip by catching their limits of Salmon in the ocean and then coming in and playing catch and release with Sturgeon to round-out their day. Squid, Herring, Anchovies and Sand Shrimp have all been working.

    Surf Perch fishing is still a great option for those heading to the beach for the weekend. Surf Perch make for a great trip because, typically, they are caught on the incoming tide. So, you can plan to fish for a few hours and then still spend the rest of the day doing beach stuff. These feisty fish typically hang out in groups, so as you fish, move down the beach and keep casting. Once you find them, you can usually catch quite a few before the pack moves on. Staying mobile will really increase your success rate.

    Trout fishing this summer has been great as temperatures have stayed cooler than average. All throughout the Cascades the high mountain lakes have been producing well for those heading up to camp for the weekend. Casting Panther Martins, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters and Little Cleo’s all work wonders when trying to locate the fish. Once you find them, fish small jigs, bubble and flies or nightcrawlers. For those fishing from the boat, trolling is a fantastic way to find these fish.  Hot Shot, Flatfish and small Mag Lips are all great plug choices when picking what to troll. A lot of the time you will catch a larger grade of fish when trolling plugs as it gives those big Trout something different to look at and it evokes a predatory response.

    Walleye fishing remains consistent throughout the Columbia River Gorge. These delicious fish are all over the river. Typically trolling long, steady underwater flats are a great place to start your day. Trolling bottom walkers and worm harnesses are still the most popular choice right now. However, trolling plugs is not a bad choice. With so many people trolling worms, plugs give the fish something totally different to look at.

    Kokanee fishing has continued to be great throughout Southwest Washington and Oregon. The fish have started to go deeper as temperatures start to climb. Even though the lakes are warming up, Kokanee are still biting like crazy. Small spinner blades, Spin-n-Glo’s and small hoochies have all been great options when trolled behind your favorite dodger. Of course, adding corn is a must, but we have had some reports that Berkeley Gulp Maggots are producing well when the fish go off the corn bite.

     

    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.

    Jul 26, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 7/18

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    The ocean Coho fishing has been very good for those able to get out across the bar. The good fishing has been wide spread, from Brookings all the way up the Washington coast. These fish are really starting to fatten up as they are starting to stage near the entrances of all the bays and estuaries. They fish are actively feeding on Anchovies, Herring, Mackerel and Squid so either imitating those or fishing the real version is going to be your best bait for matching the hatch. Troll them behind a Triangle Flasher of your choosing and you will have a combo that any Salmon will want to eat. The next trick is finding the depth that they are at in the water column. Initially, stagger your depths until you get a few bites and then change them over to focus your efforts there.

    Bottom fishing has been great along the coast with plenty of nice Lingcod still in the mix. There has been a great grade of Bass caught this past week and it seems that the fishing isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Large grubs, shrimp flies, rock cod rigs and vertical jigs are taking most of the fish.

    Estuary Sturgeon fishing has continued to be exceptional down in Astoria. They have been providing a great back up plan for those that aren’t able to get over the bar to Salmon fish. Squid, Herring, Anchovies and Sand Shrimp have all been great bait options.

    Surf Perch fishing has continued to be steady this past week. Even though the surf has been a bit rough, folks are still catching plenty of fish on the incoming tide. Sand Shrimp and Berkley Gulp Sandworms have still been the ticket.

    Walleye fishing has also been good all throughout the Columbia River Gorge. These fish have been getting fat throughout the spring and early summer so don’t be surprise if you catch a monster. Trolling worm harnesses has continued to be the most productive technique.

    Kokanee fishing at Merwin, Yale, Swift, Green Peter and Paulina Lakes has been good recently with reports coming from all 5 lakes that the Kokanee have been putting on some weight and biting well. Trolling has been the best technique and if you have downriggers you can really get into them as the warm weather has driven the bulk of the fish down a bit deeper. Change your depths until you find where they are at. Once you find them, we have been heard that the bite has been fast and furious.

    Trout fishing has continued to be great around the local area as the Trout stockings from ODFW has continued all over the state. One spot that has received a ton of trout is Detroit Reservoir. They just had 5,000 trophy Trout stocked which brings their total so far this year to over 56,000 Trout! Not only is that a lot of trout but a lot of big Trout. Trolling has been productive as has casting spinners and spoons first thing in the mornings. North Fork Reservoir also received another plant of over 3,500 Trout this week bringing their total to right at 40,000 Trout!

     

    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.

    Jul 19, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 7/11

    Ryan Terry

     

    We have over 900,000 Coho predicted to come back to the Columbia River this year and so far, the ocean fishing has been spectacular. All along the North Coast, fishermen have been catching plenty of Chinook along with an abundance of Coho. A good mix of wild and hatchery fish are being caught with plenty of reports coming in of boat limits being caught. Herring or Anchovies are the most popular bait options and it sounds like most folks are using these baits in combination with flashers. Stagger your depths to find what depth the fish are at that day. Typically, they will let you know right away! Hoochies trolled behind a Pro-Troll Flasher or Delta Diver have also been working great.

    Bottom fishing has still been solid, and a lot of fishermen have been cashing in on the ability to catch a limit of Salmon and then heading to the bottom fish grounds to fill the freezer for future fish tacos. Vertical jigs and large curly tail grubs have been the top producing baits lately with a good amount of Lingcod still in the catch.

    Surf Perch fishing remains good coast-wide with Long Beach and Seaside both being hot spots as of late. These delicious critters prefer the incoming tide as it stirs up the bait along the bottom, so plan your day accordingly. Clam necks, Sand Shrimp and Berkley Gulp Sandworms are still the top producing baits.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing remains stellar in the estuary. Catching 6’ fish in 6’ of shallow water is an adrenaline rush that everyone can enjoy. Herring, Anchovies and Squid are all great bait choices when chasing the prehistoric beasts.

    Crabbing has also been a great addition to those fishing along the coast. Whether you are bottom fishing or Salmon fishing you can drop your pots as you head out for the day and pick your pots when you head back in. Adding a few dozen crab to your catch can really be the icing on the cake to a well round day at the coast.

    Summer Steelhead fishing on the lower Columbia has been slower than in years past, however, there are still plenty of fish being caught. These fish typically run shallower depths and anglers have been catching them plunking Spin-N-Glo’s with either Prawns or Coon-Stripe Shrimp. These fish like to push up river on the outgoing tide which helps funnel them along rocky outcropping or around wood pilings. Small plugs and spinners are also great choices when picking out your arsenal for a day on the water.

    Walleye fishing all along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers has been decent with reports of good fishing the farther up the gorge you go. It may take a little bit of time to find these fish but once you do you can usually clean up. Trolling worm harnesses and bottom walkers is the most popular technique; however, trolling plugs and vertical jigging is another fun way to catch these tasty fish.

    Kokanee fishing has still been good with the cooler weather keeping lakes and reservoirs under control temperature-wise. Locally, Merwin has still been fishing great but the fish will continue to go deeper as the summer progresses. Having downriggers really helps to get your bait in front of these massive schools of Kokanee. Dodgers and small Spin-N-Glo’s, wiggle hoochies and small spinners have all been producing well.

    Trout fishing has also continued to be good with the cooler water temps. ODFW has been continually stocking legal Trout throughout the state and lately they have been focusing their efforts on more of the east side lakes and southern Oregon rivers and lakes.

    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.

    Jul 12, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 7/4

    Ocean salmon fishing is off to a good start out of most ports, and will only get better as more fish arrive off the coast. These guys dory fished this past Monday out of Pacific City with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Josh Putman, and enjoyed limits of both salmon and rockfish. Josh Putman’s Guide Service: 503-708-1141. Ocean salmon fishing is off to a good start out of most ports, and will only get better as more fish arrive off the coast. These guys dory fished this past Monday out of Pacific City with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Josh Putman, and enjoyed limits of both salmon and rockfish. Josh Putman’s Guide Service: 503-708-1141.

    This past week coastal salmon fishing opened up and, for a good portion of the fleet, the fishing was great!  A lot of really nice coho are being caught along with some dandy chinook.  Things are shaping up  for another great  Astoria season next month.  These fishermen have been catching fish on herring or anchovies trolled with or without triangle flashers.  Another option is to run a Brad’s Cut Plug instead of bait.  When you are on a massive coho bite it can pay to have a few of these on hand as you can land a fish and get your gear back in the water almost instantly . Running a Pro-Troll and a hoochie combo behind a Delta Diver is also a great option.

    Bottom fishing remains excellent all along the coast and anglers are doubling up when it comes to salmon and bottom fish.  A lot of fishermen are catching their salmon limits and then heading for some bottom fish to really fill up the fish box.  Vertical jigs, curly tail grubs, shrimp flies and P-Line Rock Cod Rigs have all been producing fish.

    Surf perch fishing also remains excellent.  We have had reports that both Seaside and Long Beach have been producing nice perch and limits for a lot of anglers lately.  Berkley Gulp Sandworms and sand shrimp have been the best baits.

    Crabbing in Tillamook and Nehalem has been good for lots of folks.  Crabbing is a great option this time of year whether you are wanting to just target, crab, or, are dropping your pots for a soak while you’re headed out salmon or bottom fishing.

    Fishermen that don’t have a boat can absolutely still get in on the action at the coast.  Most all of the jetties along the coastline offer great opportunity to catch all types of bottom fish as well as crab with rod and reel.  You can cast out  with folding crab traps and let them soak while you cast curly tail grubs for any number of bottom fish that inhabit the jetties.

    Catch and release sturgeon fishing down in Astoria has continued to be great.  These prehistoric beasts fight so hard this time of year that they will tire anyone out!  Anchovies, herring and sand shrimp have been the go-to baits lately.

    Trout fishing has still been good around the region.  Last week’s rain and cooler temps have really kept the fish on the bite.  Typically we have warmer weather which can heat up lakes and put off the bite.  But the recent rain and cool weather has helped extend good fishing.  Spinners, spoons, flies and plugs have all been working very well along with the usual worms and Powerbait.

    Kokanee fishing has been good at Merwin, Green Peter and Paulina recently and the fish have started to put on some weight.  This is a good sign that these fish are going to be plump by fall.  Dodgers with small spin-n-glo’s, wiggle hoochies or spinners have all been working well.  Don’t forget your shoepeg corn and scents.  Changing up the scent can be the game changer you may need.

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

    Jul 05, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 6/27

    Looking for another species to chase that are fun and delicious on the dinner table?  Tigard store employee and guide Phill Mattson has been having lots of success chasing Walleye! Quantity of catches are available on our river's as well as quality such as this brute caught by Phil himself! (Phil Wildman Outdoor Adventures: 971-221-9363) Looking for another species to chase that are fun and delicious on the dinner table?
    Tigard store employee and guide Phill Mattson has been having lots of success chasing Walleye! Quantity of catches are available on our river's as well as quality such as this brute caught by Phil himself!
    (Phil Wildman Outdoor Adventures: 971-221-9363)

    This past week the ocean opened to target and retain Coho and Chinook. We had some decent weather for folks to get out and try, and for a good portion of the fleet, the fishing was good. Most folks were trolling Anchovies or Herring, and either fished them cut-plug or whole. Some people use a Flasher and Diver and some people use a Flasher and lead. Whatever you choose, right now you have a great shot at finding some Salmon!

    For those that have been headed out Salmon fishing, the bottom fishing has also been good. Bottom fish make for a great addition to your Salmon trip or if you are having trouble finding the salmon you can always go catch a pile of bottom fish that everyone loves to eat. Curly tail grubs, vertical jigs, Rock Cod jigs by P-Line and shrimp flies have all been working well.

    Surf Perch fishing also remains a constant option. All up and down the coast, Surf Perch spend their lives foraging for food in the surf. The incoming tide is almost always the best time to target these delicious fish. Sand Shrimp, clam necks and Berkley Gulp Sandworms round out the usual baits that Surf Perch fishermen use.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing is an amazing fishery this time of year, especially down in the Astoria area. These super hard fighting, large fish are fun to target, and usually, great biters. Again, this fishery is another great option for anglers headed to the coast.

    Crabbing has been good for most of the North Coast. Dropping your pots on your way-out Salmon or bottom fishing is another way to capitalize on the bounty that the coast has to offer.

    Trout fishing locally has continued to be good with anglers reporting good success throughout the region. North Fork Reservoir, Estacada Lake and Clear Lake all have been stocked this last week. For those that have a boat, trolling is one of the best ways to locate fish. Mag Lips, Flatfish, wedding rings and flies all will produce bites. Bank anglers can either bobber fish bait, cast spinners/spoons or cast a bubble and fly.

    Kokanee fishing has been good locally with Merwin being the top producing lake this past week. These fish have started to really plump up so expect your cooler to be full of very fat fish. Downriggers can be very helpful in this fishery as, at times, these fish can be quite deep with the hot sun on the water. Stagger your depths to find them and then switch all your gear once you pattern where they are in the water column. Bring along several different scents because at times, switching up the smell of your bait can get the bite right back on.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing has been good throughout the Willamette and Columbia and the early mornings have been one of the best times to catch them. These fish are typically great biters and will attack crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft plastics and even topwater plugs. Target rocky drop offs or current seams where they can ambush their prey.

     

    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.

    Jun 28, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 6/20

    It’s not over yet! Jordan from our Tigard Store fished this past Wednesday with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Dan Dieter, to catch this awesome Springer from the lower Willamette River. The fish slammed a Simon 3.5 spinner, which are currently on sale at Fisherman’s for $1.00 off each! Way to go team! (Deet’s Guide Service: 503-842-1440.) It’s not over yet! Jordan from our Tigard Store fished this past Wednesday with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Dan Dieter, to catch this awesome Springer from the lower Willamette River. The fish slammed a Simon 3.5 spinner, which are currently on sale at Fisherman’s for $1.00 off each! Way to go team! (Deet’s Guide Service: 503-842-1440.)

    Chinook fishing continues to be an option on the Willamette and Tillamook Bay.  The Willamette fishery is an early morning fishery right now as the water warms with the summer time temperatures.  Tillamook Bay will continue to fish for another week or two.  Be sure to watch the tides as that will dictate where in the bay you should be fishing.

    Crabbing remains great up and down the coastline.  The crab can definitely be plentiful this time of year and are a great addition to any fishing/ camping trip you have at the beach.

    Bottom fishing also remains excellent with a good amount of lingcod still in the mix.  At times it has taken boats longer to cruise out to the bottom fish grounds than it does to limit out!  Vertical jigs, large curly tail grubs and shrimp flies all have been producing for fishermen.

    Surf perch fishing has also continued to be productive, focus your efforts on the incoming tide and you will definitely cut the learning curve in half!  Sandshrimp, Berkley Gulp Sandworms and clam necks have been the most productive.

    Catch and release sturgeon fishing has stayed very productive in the estuary around the Astoria area.  Sandshrimp or anchovies are two of the most popular baits, however, most all baits do work at times.  This can be a fast-paced fishery with big fish that like to jump!

    Trout fishing has been excellent around the region as ODFW continues to heavily plant most of the popular lakes.  This week’s cooler temperatures will continue to help the bite as it will keep the lakes from warming up too quickly.  Fish are being caught on a multitude of techniques such as casting Rooster Tails, Kastmasters or Little Cleos.  You can catch them on bobber and night crawler or single salmon eggs.  Trolling small Flatfish and Mag Lips has been an awesome technique to locate fish in the lakes.  Once you find them, the above-mentioned techniques will fill your stringer up quickly!

    Kokanee fishing at Merwin and Yale lakes has remained excellent.  This past week a lot of anglers saw a much nicer grade of fish, with plenty of Kokanee pushing 16 inches.  With a boat limit of those, the food quality would rival that of any spring chinook.  These fish are still being caught primarily on the troll and we have had reports of fish starting to go a little deeper in the lakes. So like we usually say, stagger your depths until you find where they are.

    Shad fishing has been nothing short of stellar this year.  Even though it’s technically getting late in the season for Shad, they are still flying over Bonneville at the rate of over 150,000 a day, so fishing for them has stayed excellent.  Small, bright-colored jig heads and small spoons such as Dick-Nites are the key to success when targeting these plentiful fish

    Ocean fishing for fin clipped Coho opens Saturday June 22nd from Humbug Mountain to Leadbetter Point. Reports coming in from local fisherman, recently out for Rockfish, have stated they have seen some big schools of Coho. For more information go to ODFW’s website:
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    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.

    Jun 21, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 6/13

    Trout fishing remains very good at Mt. Hood’s Timothy Lake, with plenty of nice rainbows available like the one pictured here which was caught this past Monday. Rainbows, brook trout and cutthroat are being taken on a variety of Power Bait, night crawlers, hardware and flies. Fish on! Trout fishing remains very good at Mt. Hood’s Timothy Lake, with plenty of nice rainbows available like the one pictured here which was caught this past Monday. Rainbows, brook trout and cutthroat are being taken on a variety of Power Bait, night crawlers, hardware and flies. Fish on!

    The warm weather we have had this last week has really kept the Shad bite going in Oregon City and on the Columbia up near Bonneville Dam. These fish have come back in the millions this year and the fishing has been flat out amazing. Some folks like to use them for Sturgeon bait, Halibut bait or crab bait. Many like to pickle it, smoke it or pressure cook it. Whatever your fancy, this year there are plenty of them and catching them has come easy for most anglers. Small, bright-colored Shad Darts, small spoons, flicker spinners or even colored grub tails have all been producing well for anglers.

    Sturgeon fishing has been killer in the Lower Columbia recently. Even though the retention season is over, these fish provide such great sport in the estuary that many anglers still flock to the Astoria area to chase these prehistoric giants. There is just something about catching 6-foot fish in 6 feet of water that will give anybody an adrenaline boost! Sand Shrimp and Anchovies are the two most widely used baits, however, with these fish actively feeding, Smelt, Herring and even Shad strips work well at times.

    Surf Perch fishing remains excellent along the coast with anglers reporting good success from both Long Beach and Seaside. These aggressive fish spend their life in the surf, so the bite can be fast and furious and then suddenly stop. This means you will need to continue searching the beach until you stumble upon the next batch of hungry Perch. Berkley Gulp Sandworms, Sand Shrimp and clam necks are the go-to baits.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing also remains excellent. These fish inhabit both the Columbia and Willamette and are literally in every little crevice that has structure for them to hide in. These fish are starting to make their way back down into the deeper water so deep diving crankbaits, soft plastics, jigs and fishing deep water with a drop shot have all been producing fish. A great way to locate active fish is to throw a spook or popper in the morning and entice a topwater bite. Don’t forget the late evening topwater bite as well.

    Trout fishing is still in full swing from Hagg Lake all the way up to Detroit Reservoir. Fish are getting stocked daily and, in some places, they are getting trophy and even brood Trout mixed in. A bright spot close to town is North Fork Reservoir on the Clackamas River. So far this year they have already received over 30,000 legal Trout! Ya, you read that correctly 30,000. And they will be stocking more Trout as the year goes on. Trout fishing also remains a good bet at Timothy Lake.

    Kokanee fishing has continued to be great at Merwin and Yale Lakes. Dodgers and wiggle hoochies, small Spin-n-Glo’s, wedding rings and corn have all been producing fish. Trust your electronics and stagger your depths until you find where they are schooled up.

     

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

    Jun 14, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report