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  • OUTDOOR REPORT 04/19/2019

    Trevor Strout

    Trevor from our Oregon City store with a nice brown trout that he caught and released on a recent trip to the Owyhee River. Trout fishing is picking up on open waters throughout the region. Visit one of our stores to check out our extensive selection of trout gear, and remember to always check the regulations for the water you intend to fish. Good luck

    Columbia River Spring Chinook is opening for a second weekend after the initial closure on the 10th of April. It will now be open on Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st with the same regulations and deadlines as before. The Columbia has dropped significantly after its abrupt jump last week. The river is still high but fishable. The water will stay colored up for quite awhile, but that just means that a lot of the fish will find the path of least resistance. Sometimes the best fishing of the year happens in high water because the fish tend to congregate at choke points in the river were the fish are forced to go a certain direction.

    The fleet of sport fishermen will be split up between anchor fishing plugs and trolling Herring. Plugs like, 4.0-5.0 Maglips and Brads Killerfish are all great choices when running plugs. For the folks wanting to troll, your favorite Triangle Flasher and either red, green or blue label Herring will be the standard setup. Trolling downstream is the most popular choice, however, if you find some slow water you can troll upriver and give fish more time to find your baits in the colored-up water.

    Steelhead fishermen are starting to switch from targeting Winter Steelhead to targeting Summer Steelhead. For bank fishermen, casting spinners or spoons, fishing floats and jigs and also drift fishing bait are some of the most productive choices for targeting Summer Steelhead. For the boat fishermen, back trolling plugs can be a superb way to catch these acrobatic fish. Sidedrifting/Bobberdoggin eggs and beads are also a great choice, especially when covering a lot of water. Some Summer Steelhead are currently available in the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers.

    Trout fishing has been great around the local area with lots of anglers reporting eager, biting Trout. With all this rain we have been having, the Trout have enjoyed the lakes staying on the cool side. With waters staying cool the Trout have continued to feed and will stay active. Casting spinners, Kastmasters and spoons are all great options when searching shorelines while chasing moving Trout.  When you find where the trout are hiding, fishing worms, Powerbait and small Salmon eggs all work well either under a bobber or plunked off the bottom.

    Bottom fishing remains good with this time of year being the best time to target large Lingcod close to shore. Large vertical jigs and curly tail grubs are two of the most popular choices when chasing these delicious fish. Rock fish are always in the mix and not only provide great sport but are amazing table fare.

    Surfperch fishing has also been good with fishermen reporting quality fish being caught from Seaside to Lincoln City. Small sandshrimp and Berkley Gulp Sandworms have been the most popular options.

    Crabbing has remained a constant option up and down the coast. Tillamook and Nehalem Bay have both been productive as of late with crab spread from the ocean through the bay. Whether fishing from a jetty with a crab snare or dropping a few pots to soak in the bay, everyone has a great shot at taking home some delicious Dungeness Crab.

    Razor clamming has opened up along the Oregon coast, and Long Beach, has a two-day opener this Saturday and Sunday. Pay close attention to the timing of the tide to maximize your dig, which can mean the difference between a full bucket of Razor clams or just a couple.

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

    Apr 19, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 4-12-19

    Jay Elder

    Columbia River re-opens for Spring Chinook for two days on                                                       Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th!

    Open area remains unchanged from earlier this season, which is the Columbia River mainstem from the Warrior Rock deadline up to the Beacon Rock deadline for boats and bank angling, with bank angling only from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline.

    Customer Jay Elder recently caught this awesome Columbia River Springer while fishing with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Steve Leonard, of Steve’s Guided Adventures (360-609-1902). Great fish, Jay!

     

    A lot of rivers have hit near flood stage this week and it looks like we are in for more rain. Once the rivers start to drop, they will start to green up and the Springers will be here in full force and ready to bite. The Willamette will be a great option for those fishing around the Metro area and gives anglers a lot of different options as far as areas to fish. Down in the Portland Harbor and Multnomah Channel, fishermen will be trolling Triangle Flashers and either bait or spinners, as well as 360 Flashers paired with spinners, or Superbaits. Don’t be afraid to start fishing even if the water isn’t super clear as this area will start to fish as soon as you can start to see your prop. The fish will get pushed down there from all this high water and will be waiting patiently for the water to clear.

    Once the water clears up a little bit the fish will start to get caught in the Milwaukie area as well. These fish are usually caught on Flashers and bait or spinners. You can either choose to fish the many ledges that make up the bottom of the Willamette, or you can fish suspended and target traveling fish. Either choice can be productive.

    The Oregon City area will also start fishing around the same time as the Milwaukie area. Fishermen up there typically are backtrolling jumbo jet divers with a wide variety of offerings behind them. There are lots of options, such as eggs, Sandshrimp, Prawns, Maglips, Kwikfish and even Brads Super Bait Cut-Plugs. There are also a lot of fishermen that have started to vertically jig for these fish. Most of these folks are fishing above the 205 bridge in the deep, slower water. These fish are just off the bottom and are caught with a wide variety of vertical jigs. 2-4 oz jigs are the standard sizes when picking out what jigs to bring with you. The 3 oz P-Line Laser Minnows are a local favorite, and we have a great selection of these in stock.

    With most rivers being blown out it gives anglers an opportunity to branch out and try other fisheries that are available this time of year. Trout fishing can be phenomenal with all the Trout stocking that has already happened so far. Lakes such as Henry Hagg Lake, St. Louis Ponds, Common Wealth Lake and Harriet Lake are great options to get out and chase some fish without having to worry if the rain will prevent you from finding fishable water or not. Kokanee are another great fish when it comes to getting your boat on the water and chasing some delicious land-locked Salmon. These fish are great biters this time of year and are some of the best eating fish around. Trolling is still the go-to technique with Wiggle Hoochies, Wedding Rings and Brads Kokanee Cut Plugs being some great options to bring with you. Check out our stores for a killer selection of Kokanee gear!

    Bottom fishing remains great with lots of nice Lingcod and Rock Fish in the mix. These are also delicious fish and can be a fine way to stock up on some fillets. Vertical jigging is a popular choice when targeting Lingcod, but don’t be surprised if an aggressive Rock Fish climbs onto your jig as they love to bite them as well.

    If the waves are under control, Surf Perch fishing can also be off the charts this time of year.  Fishing either live Sandshrimp or Berkley Gulp plastics are both great choices.

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

    Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Dan Dieter, guided customer Bill Hewes to this dandy broodstock steelhead on a coastal river on 4-4-19, showing that there are still some quality steelhead to be had as the season winds down. Nice fish, guys, what a way to wrap up the steelhead season! As we get ready to close the door on another winter steelhead season, it just means that a wealth of angling opportunity lies ahead for the Northwest Angler: Spring Chinook, walleye, bass, shad, trout, pan fish, halibut, ling cod, bottom fish and much more lie just ahead on the Pacific Northwest fishing calendar. Fish on! Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Dan Dieter, guided customer Bill Hewes to this dandy broodstock steelhead on a coastal river on 4-4-19, showing that there are still some quality steelhead to be had as the season winds down. Nice fish, guys, what a way to wrap up the steelhead season! As we get ready to close the door on another winter steelhead season, it just means that a wealth of angling opportunity lies ahead for the Northwest Angler: Spring Chinook, walleye, bass, shad, trout, pan fish, halibut, ling cod, bottom fish and much more lie just ahead on the Pacific Northwest fishing calendar. Fish on!

    Spring Chinook fishing has picked up this week with fish being caught all throughout the Willamette and the open section of the Columbia. On the Columbia we have had reports of fish being caught by the bank fishermen plunking Spin-N-Glo’s at Bonneville. These fishermen can really do well and at times it can take longer to drive up there than it does to catch your limit. The fishermen near the airport and below have been having great success trolling Herring and flashers. Green Label Herring and a Triangle Flasher has been the ticket for most anglers. The Willamette has also been good with fish being caught throughout the whole system. Up near Oregon City, most fishermen are back trolling eggs, Sandshrimp, Prawns or Kwikfish. From the Milwaukie area all the way down to bottom of the Multnomah Channel, fishermen are typically trolling Herring or Prawns behind either a Triangle or 360 Flasher.

    Winter Steelhead fishing is starting to wind down this time of year. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still Steelhead to be caught. Lots of rivers get beautiful Winter Steelhead for a few more weeks. Jigs, worms, beads and hardware are all great choices when chasing these fish. Don’t be surprised if you hook a Summer Steelhead as they will start to show up as well. Some streams closed to Steelhead fishing March 31st, so be sure to check regulations before heading out.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing can be off the charts this time of year. Fishing for these prehistoric fish can be an awesome way to spend a day on the water as they bite well and can be found in good numbers. Sandshrimp, Herring, Squid and Anchovies are all great bait choices.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing is just beginning to get started with reports of some fish being caught up in the Columbia River Gorge. As we start to have some warmer weather, the rivers temps will start to rise and the Smallmouth will begin to move up shallow and start to spawn. This can be the best time of the year to catch Smallmouth in big numbers. Soft plastics, crankbaits and spinnerbaits are all great choices when searching for these aggressive fish.

    Trout fishing has been great in most local lakes. With all of the stocking that ODFW has done, there are plenty of hungry Trout to be caught. This week Henry Hagg Lake is receiving another 7,000 Trout on top of the 18,000 that they have already received this year. Try staying near the boat launches where they were stocked as Trout will typically hang out in those areas for a week or so as they acclimate to the lake. Often, these are areas that are accessible and good places to take your kids to introduce them to the sport.

    Bottom fishing remains great along the coast, with lots of really nice Lingcod in the mix. There are still plenty of rockfish to be caught as well, but a lot of fishermen are focusing their efforts on Lingcod. Dropping your crab pots on your way out of the bay is a great idea as you will typically come back in with a loaded fish box and be able to keep some crab to complete your trip.

    Kokanee fishing has been good and with Merwin Lake a short drive from Portland you have access to amazing Kokanee fishing any day of the week. Lots of fish are still being caught high in the water column but be sure to watch your electronics and check your water temp. As the water starts to warm up the Kokanee will start to drop down and get deeper. Dodgers and Wiggle Hoochies have been working really well and be sure to tip them with corn or Gulp Maggots.

    REGULATION UPDATE ON STURGEON RETENTION SEASON
    COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 to Wauna Powerlines

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

    Apr 05, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 3/28

    Remember your first steelhead? This young lady recently caught and released her first winter steelhead while fishing with her Dad on a local river. Gorgeous fish, Robin! There will still be winter steelhead available in many streams through the middle of April, but be sure to check the regulations as some coastal streams close March 31st.  The Maxima/Fisherman’s Winter Steelhead Derby also comes to a close on March 31st, so be sure to bring in your gutted hatchery steelhead to be weighed if you catch a big one over the next few days! Remember your first steelhead? This young lady recently caught and released her first winter steelhead while fishing with her Dad on a local river. Gorgeous fish, Robin! There will still be winter steelhead available in many streams through the middle of April, but be sure to check the regulations as some coastal streams close March 31st. The Maxima/Fisherman’s Winter Steelhead Derby also comes to a close on March 31st, so be sure to bring in your gutted hatchery steelhead to be weighed if you catch a big one over the next few days!

    Winter Steelhead fishing, even though getting late in the season, has continued to be productive for those fishing all along the coast as well as the valley rivers. With quite a few rivers running hatchery broodstock programs, there will be chrome hatchery Steelhead coming in for another week or two. Bobber, drift and plug fishing all work great this time of the year. Covering water can really help your chances with moving fish. If you are bank fishing and bouncing up and down the river, don’t be afraid to visit some of your go-to spots more than once in a day to encounter these fast-moving Steelhead.

    Spring Chinook fishing has now become a very viable option for Northwest fishermen. This week there were Spring Chinook caught in both the Willamette and Columbia, as well as the Multnomah Channel. There have been reports of fish caught on herring, prawn spinners, plugs and spinners. Herring has been the most popular option. Throughout the Lower Willamette and a good portion of the Multnomah Channel, fishermen are finding success targeting Springers that are suspended in the water column. Many anglers are starting around the 20’ mark and watching their electronics to dial-in exactly where the fish are.

    This last week, ODFW STOCKED 47 bodies of water with approximately 89,559 legal-size Trout. As we have had warmer weather, Trout fishing has definitely picked up. The warming water has gotten the recently stocked fish as well as the hold over trout in a more active, biting mood. As the water continues to warm, the fish will become increasingly active and will start to roam the shorelines in search of an easy meal. Fishing worms, Powerbait and single eggs are always a great option. However, casting spinners, Kastmasters and spoons can really get active Trout on the bite.

    Walleye fishing up the Columbia River Gorge has continued to be productive with a good grade of fish being caught. Trolling bottom walkers and worm harness rigs has still been one of the best bets when trying to find these delicious fish.

    Spring time fishing means one thing for coastal fishermen: It’s Lingcod time! Between chasing Lingcod and Rockfish, any anglers wanting a chance at some delicious fish tacos will have their hands full while reeling in these typically aggressive fish. Large curly tail grubs, vertical jigs and Rock Cod rigs have all been producing fish. Once you find the depth and location of these fish, have everyone on board drop their gear to the exact same spot. Typically, once you find one, there will be lots more with it.

    Surf Perch fishing is another favorite for anglers headed to the coast. Typically, the incoming tide is the most productive and can make it an easy fishery for those that are only able to get out for a few hours. Therefore, if you are headed to the beach with the family for the weekend and want to do some fishing but don’t want to be gone all day, Surf Perch fishing is worth checking out. Casting a 2-3 ounce pyramid or sand dollar weight with either Sandshrimp or Berkley Gulp Sandworms just above it is the basic set up that can be productive where ever Surf Perch live.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been good and is a great alternative for those that have been chasing Springers all morning and want a fun way to use the rest of their bait before heading home. With all the Spring Chinook fishermen cut plugging Herring on the Willamette and throwing out their unused bait, Herring is a great bait choice for catching these prehistoric creatures as they have grown accustomed to eating them.

    REGULATION UPDATE ON STURGEON RETENTION SEASON
    COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 to Wauna Powerlines

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

    Mar 29, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 3/21

    Customer Brent Lackey caught this awesome Spring Chinook yesterday from the Willamette River and promptly entered it into our P Line/Okuma/Fisherman’s Spring Chinook Derby, which is currently underway now through June 30th. Brent’s fished weighed over 20-pounds before he cleaned it, with an official entry weight of 18.50 pounds after being gutted. The fish hit a small plug-cut herring fished behind a Pro Troll Flasher. Congrats on a great fish, Brent! Bring in your own hatchery fin-clipped Spring Chinook to any of our three store locations for your own chance at weekly, monthly and overall grand prizes for biggest fish! Customer Brent Lackey caught this awesome Spring Chinook yesterday from the Willamette River and promptly entered it into our PLine/Okuma/Fisherman’s Spring Chinook Derby, which is currently underway now through June 30th. Brent’s fished weighed over 20-pounds before he cleaned it, with an official entry weight of 18.50 pounds after being gutted. The fish hit a small plug-cut herring fished behind a Pro Troll Flasher. Congrats on a great fish, Brent! Bring in your own hatchery fin-clipped Spring Chinook to any of our three store locations for your own chance at weekly, monthly and overall grand prizes for biggest fish!

    Winter Steelhead are still around and many of the rivers that run Broodstock programs will have chrome bright hatchery fish entering them through the end of the month. This time of year can be some of the most fun, because when you hook up you never know if it’s going to be a nice Winter Steelhead, brand new Summer Steelhead or even a fresh Springer. Bobber fishing jigs and casting spinners are two of the most popular techniques to use as all three species will bite them.

    Spring Chinook fishing has been improving daily. There have been fish caught in the Columbia, Willamette and Multnomah Channel this past week. From most of the reports we are getting, it sounds like trolling Herring with a flasher has been the most productive technique. With water conditions being great on both the big rivers, the fishing will continue to get better. However, with the rain in the forecast, look for rivers to rise. With rivers coming up a little, the fishermen anchoring up with Kwikfish, Mag Lips or Flatfish will start to see some better action.

    For those that target Springers and don’t have much luck, a great way to burn the rest of your brined Herring is to catch-and-release Sturgeon. The catch-and-release Sturgeon fishing can be phenomenal this time of year, especially in the Portland Harbor area. Along with Anchovies, Sandshrimp and Squid are other bait options that Sturgeon love.

    Trout fishing has picked up locally as the lake temperatures have started to slowly rise. This rise in temperature will really get the bite going as it’s been cold for a very long time. Bait is always a great option, but don’t discount casting spinners, spoons or Kastmasters. With water temps rising, casting hardware can be exactly what these hungry Trout are wanting.

    Kokanee fishing on Merwin Lake has been great for those making their way up there. The Kokanee still seem to be high in the water column and appear to be in large schools. If you are trolling in a part of the lake and haven’t gotten a bite in 30 minutes to an hour, change locations to try and find one of those schools. Once you find them, the action can be good and might mean limits for everyone.

    Bottom fishing remains a great option this time of year with reports of nice fish being caught. Lots of quality Lingcod have been caught along with plenty of Rockfish. Before heading out into the ocean, dropping your crab pots in the bay can be a good idea. Crabbing has been great with lots of reports of limits and nice size crab.

    Surf perch fishing has also been good with lots of anglers reporting success from the Seaside shores all the way down past Lincoln City. Berkley Gulp Sandworms have been the most productive plastic bait and Sandshrimp has been a great live bait option.

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

    Mar 22, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 3/14

    Customer John Shmilenko, a.k.a. “The Sultan of Sellwood,” with a gorgeous Spring Chinook that he caught from the Willamette River this past Wednesday. Springer fishing continues to improve as more fish arrive daily. Good luck! Customer John Shmilenko, a.k.a. “The Sultan of Sellwood,” with a gorgeous Spring Chinook that he caught from the Willamette River this past Wednesday. Springer fishing continues to improve as more fish arrive daily. Good luck!

    There were more Spring Chinook caught this past week, as both the Columbia and Willamette Rivers continue to improve. Look for the reports to start becoming much more frequent as the month progresses. With the Columbia still relatively low, the trolling game will be a great bet as you can still troll down river and not be going too fast. Green Label Herring will be the most popular size of Herring. However, folks also use Anchovies and do extremely well on them. Those fishing the Willamette will find success trolling with either traditional Triangle Flashers or 360 Flashers. Whichever you choose, try to stay suspended in the water column, as a lot of the Willamette fish will be suspended, especially down in the lower river and Multnomah Channel.

    Winter Steelhead fishing this last week was still quite good, considering that most rivers were experiencing low and clear conditions. Next week, the rivers are getting a decent shot of rain which will give them all a little bump in height. This should bring in yet another shot of fresh fish and most rivers should be in fishable shape. Jigs, worms, beads, bait and hardware will all produce well, and don’t forget good ol’ plug fishing. Fishing plugs is a great way to cover water and target multiple species at once. This time of year there are a few early Springers, Summer Steelhead and of course Winter Steelhead. So, you never know what you might hook into.

    Crabbing has been great at the coast and with this nice change in weather it will make pulling pots a bit more enjoyable. Crabbing is also a super fun activity to do off the jetty. Casting out a Crab Hawk crab trap or crab snare can be entertaining and not to mention super productive.

    Bottom fishing has also been great for those that have been making the trip to the coast. Lots of nice Lingcod have been caught recently, along with plenty of Rockfish to keep everyone busy. Jigs, curly tail grubs and shrimp flies are a few of the most popular options when chasing bottom fish.

    Surf perch fishing has been good for those that have been going. With the weather getting nicer and days getting longer, there will be more and more opportunity to go after these delicious critters. Since fishing for them is typically an incoming tide program, watching the tides and weather will be a must.

    Kokanee fishing remains good up on Merwin Lake as areas of snow continue to melt, making access to Swift and Yale Reservoirs more feasible. Again, the water has been on the cold side, so a lot of the Kokanee are still very high in the water column. Try staggering the depths of your rods until you dial in the depth they are at and set all your rods at that depth.

    Walleye fishing has continued to be a viable option, especially up the Columbia Gorge. Anglers have reported good success, with quite a few “trophy size” Walleye being caught as well. Trolling bottom walkers is a perfect way to cover some water and find where they are located at.

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

    Mar 15, 2019 | by FMO STAFF
  • Outdoor Report 3/7

    Too early for Springer Fever? Not if your name is John Shmilenko! An accomplished Spring Chinook angler and professional nice guy, John went out for a brief afternoon session this past Monday and took home these two beautiful Springers. Congratulations, John! Too early for Springer Fever? Not if your name is John Shmilenko! An accomplished Spring Chinook angler and professional nice guy, John went out for a brief afternoon session this past Monday and took home these two beautiful Springers. Congratulations, John!

    Winter Steelhead fishing has remained steady this week with good reports from the valley rivers and coastal rivers. The big fish theme has continued and we have been seeing quite a few photos of trophy-size Steelhead being caught. Many of these fish have been caught on beads, either Bobberdoggin’ them or rigging them more traditionally under a float. However, don’t count out worms, jigs, bait and hardware. All those techniques are tried and true and can produce fish year in and year out.

    Springer fishing is still in the early stages, but we have had reports of fish being caught down along Caterpillar Island, lower Multnomah Channel and just above the Lewis. With these early fish we typically see a higher percentage of five-year-old fish, meaning that some of the biggest Springers of the year are caught in early March. Trolling herring has still been the go-to technique as the Columbia is still relatively low. With most of the Columbia River still having snow, ice and low temperatures, we still haven’t seen increasing water levels. Which means trolling will typically be one of your best choices.

    ODFW just confirmed that they planted 12,000 Trout in Henry Hagg Lake this week! That means a whole lot of fish are now eager and willing to bite. Yes, the water is still relatively cold, but that just means you may have to search a little bit to find that big school of fish. Once you find them, it usually means quick limits for all. Trolling with flatfish, wedding rings or even flies is a great way to find fish. And once you find them, good old-fashioned powerbait, nightcrawlers or single eggs are always an excellent choice.

    Catch and release sturgeon fishing is a great option this time of year. The Sturgeon still bite, even in this cold weather, and while you fish for them on anchor you can start up that Mr. Heater and stay warm while catching fish. Squid, Sandshrimp and herring are all great baits this time of year.

    Bottom fishing, when the weather and ocean has allowed, has been good all up and down the coast. Lots of nice quality Rock Bass and Lingcod have been caught by those getting out after them. Shrimp flies, Rock Cod Jigs and vertical jigs have all been working well.

    Crabbing has continued to be great in most all of the bays on the North Coast. Especially following a few days of decent weather, getting out early in the day has worked well for those wanting to taste that sweet Dungeness crab. We have had quite a few reports of quick limits.

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

    Mar 08, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 2/28

    Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Dan Dieter, and customer Bob Vinje had some recent success on hatchery broodstock steelhead on a coastal river. We still have over a month left of reliable winter steelhead fishing ahead of us—conditions allowing of course—and many streams will actually be peaking during this time. Good luck! (Deet’s Guide Service: 503-842-1440.) Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Dan Dieter, and customer Bob Vinje had some recent success on hatchery broodstock steelhead on a coastal river. We still have over a month left of reliable winter steelhead fishing ahead of us—conditions allowing of course—and many streams will actually be peaking during this time. Good luck! (Deet’s Guide Service: 503-842-1440.)

    Winter Steelhead fishing has continued to get better these last few weeks and should continue for weeks to come. With last week’s cold weather, some report that fish have been a little lethargic. With that being said, these lethargic fish just need a little bit of help in getting into the biting mood. Spoons, spinners, plugs and large profile baits can all be good options in getting finicky fish to snap. Bait can also be a great help. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more time in each spot you fish, as cold water can make fish a bit pickier.

    With the Willamette River currently running high and dirty, Springer fishing is temporarily on hold until conditions improve, but there should be a few more coveted Spring Chinook around when the river falls into shape.

    Along the coast there are a lot of options this time of year. Obviously, the weather can play a factor, but if you keep an eye on the forecast you can plan trips accordingly. Surf perch are a fish that don’t mind if it’s raining and cloudy or clear and sunny. They spend a lot of their life in and around the surf, so they can be targeted and caught year-round. Berkley Gulp Sandworms, Sandshrimp and clam necks will all produce bites.  Keep walking the surf until you find some consistent action and stay on them. Crabbing has continued to be great with reports of success from Tillamook and Nehalem Bay.  If you can get on the water early, a lot of the time you can get your limits of crab early and beat the wind and waves. Bottom fishing is another solid option whether you are fishing off the jetty or are in a boat out in the open water. Shrimp Flies and Rock Cod Jigs are great rigs to use when searching for bottom fish.  Once you find them you can drop down Butterfly Jigs, curly tail grubs or other soft plastics.  Sometimes mixing up colors and styles of plastics can be just what you need to keep the bite going.

    Kokanee fishing has continued to be an option for those that don’t want to chase Salmon or Steelhead but still want to eat some fresh fish. This time of year, Kokanee are typically high in the water column and you may only need a dodger for weight when trolling. Keep dropping down in the water column until you find where the schools are at.

    Trout fishing will continue to improve as the weeks go on and more lakes continue to get stocked. As the weather starts to get nicer, trout fishing can be a great alternative to get the whole family out and into the outdoors. Especially after a lake has been stocked.

    Razor Clam digging resumes March 1st on Clatsop beaches from Tillamook Head, north to the Columbia River. Closed since October due to undersized clams, biologists say most clams are now 3-4 inches or larger.

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

    Mar 01, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 2/21

    Kyle Lee recently fished with Fisherman’s Pro Staffer, Chris Vertopoulos, and caught this awesome broodstock steelhead on the new “Bigfoot Canyon” Holey Worm from BnR Tackle. Congrats on a beautiful fish, gentlemen! ( Chris V and Northwest Angling Experience: 503-349-1377.) Kyle Lee recently fished with Fisherman’s Pro Staffer, Chris Vertopoulos, and caught this awesome broodstock steelhead on the new “Bigfoot Canyon” Holey Worm from BnR Tackle. Congrats on a beautiful fish, gentlemen! ( Chris V and Northwest Angling Experience: 503-349-1377)

    Steelhead fishing has hit an upswing these last few weeks with reports coming from up and down the coast. There has been a good influx of hatchery fish mixed in with the wild fish as well. The rivers have just come back into great shape and many anglers have been finding success Bobberdoggin, anchoring up and drift fishing or backtrolling plugs. With the Bobberdoggin craze taking over a lot of our local fisheries, those fishermen that are choosing to back troll plugs are finding great success by offering something different. Sometimes slowing down your presentation can pay dividends.

    Spring Chinook fishing had been put on hold for a few days with the Columbia and Willamette both coming way up in height and turbidity. As they both come down though, there should be a few more spring Chinook poking their heads upriver. Trolling will be one of the most popular techniques in the Portland Harbor and Multnomah Channel. As for the Columbia, there will be guys trolling herring. However, with the flows being high, a lot of fishermen will find a pinch point and anchor up with plugs or prawn spinners. The locations are where the fish have to come around a corner or have to filter through a narrow area.

    Trout fishing has been a good option lately with fish still being stocked. St. Louis Ponds were just stocked with over 1300 legal trout, with 75 of them being trophy trout. These fish will typically congregate around the areas in which they are stocked, so those are great areas to target when trying to plan your attack. Bobber fishing worms, single salmon eggs and Power Bait are all great options when trying to decide what to start with first.

    Even though the Columbia and Willamette are both high and off color, that doesn’t mean that the sturgeon won’t bite. Often when the rivers get dirty and start to clear up, the sturgeon will go on the bite. Lots of debris gets kicked up with the high flows and with that debris will be all sorts of stuff the sturgeon love to eat. Find a deep water drop off, especially just off the main current and you will have a greater chance of finding Sturgeon. Sandshrimp, herring and squid are all good bait options.

    Winter time Walleye fishing can be a challenge at times, however some of the best fishing of the year can happen right now. Finding them can be tricky but once you do, they like to bite. Trolling a worm harness and bottom walker on an underwater shelf is a great place to start.

    Crabbing has been awesome along the coast. Yes, the weather can sometimes be a challenge, however we have had great reports of fast limits of crab from Tillamook and Nehalem Bay.

    Bottom fishing off the many jetties that line our coast is a great option this time of year. Lingcod, Seabass, Greenling and Surf Perch are just a few of the fish that you may catch. Fishing Sandshrimp off the bottom will be one of the best options, as everything eats Sandshrimp. For targeting Lingcod, a lot of fishermen will choose large curly tail grubs or herring under a bobber. Both options work well and having options will increase your success rate.

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

     

    Feb 22, 2019 | by FMO STAFF
  • Outdoor Report 2/14

    It’s trophy steelhead time, and outsized fish like this brute recently caught and released by our Oregon City Store Manager, Robert Campbell, are currently available on both inland and coastal streams. Fish on! It’s trophy steelhead time, and outsized fish like this brute recently caught and released by our Oregon City Store Manager, Robert Campbell, are currently available on both inland and coastal streams. Fish on!

    Free Fishing Weekend February 16th & 17th! No license or tags required for residents and non-residents alike! All other fishing regulations still apply.

    This is the time of year when you start to have a higher likelihood of hooking a trophy Winter Steelhead. These fish are in all the local and coastal rivers and will be around through the beginning of April. These large Steelhead are caught on all types of baits from small yarnies to large profile rags. However, a lot of fishermen will tend to use large profile lures such as pink worms, plugs, spinners and spoons. These larger, brighter and flashier offerings can be the key to enticing these big Steelhead. We will also start to see a few Summer Steelhead show up as we get closer to March. You will know when you hook one of these black and white Chromers as they typically spend more time out of the water than in it. Strong, blistering runs are what these fish are known for and they have no problem staying true to their name.

    Both the Columbia and the Willamette are currently high and going to get higher as this snow starts to melt. But, as soon as the rivers start to drop back into shape, there will surely be Springers around. Not many, but the early fish are typically quite aggressive and will search out herring, spinners or prawn spinners and attack them with a vengeance.

    This weekend there will be a Razor Clam dig in Long Beach, Washington. This dig will be an evening dig so make sure to bring some head lamps, warm clothing, waders and an empty clam bag. It’s been quite awhile since we had a Clam dig in Long Beach, so the clamming should be quite good.

    Crabbing has been good in both Tillamook and Nehalem Bay. This time of year the weather can be the biggest problem for crabbers. However, if you plan your trip accordingly, the crabbing can be lights out.

    Bottom fishing, when the weather and ocean has allowed, has been good all up and down the coast. Plenty of nice quality Rock Bass and Lingcod have been caught by those getting out after them. Shrimp flies, Rock Cod Jigs and vertical jigs have all been working well.

    With some rivers being blown out and others almost ready to fall back into shape, trout fishing in lakes or ponds can be a great way to still get out and go fishing. Starting at the beginning of the year and running all the way though the fall, ODFW stocks legal size trout in a variety of lakes and ponds throughout the state. The Willamette Valley lakes/ponds are some of the first to receive their plantings and will continue to get plantings well into the spring time. For instance, Walter Wirth Pond near Salem is scheduled to be stocked this week with 900 trophy trout. Henry Hagg Lake near Forest Grove is supposed to be stocked with 18,000 legal-size trout the week of February 25th! Another thing to think about is, when hatchery programs start to spawn their returned winter steelhead, a lot of the time they will have a surplus of hatchery fish and will end up releasing them into specific lakes for trout anglers to target them. For instance, Town Lake, Vernonia Pond, and Coffenbury Lake have thus far received plants of surplus hatchery steelhead.

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

    Feb 14, 2019 | by FMO STAFF