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  • Fishing Report 09-18

    Marissa 9-14-20

    Marissa from our Oregon City store with a gorgeous Fall Chinook caught earlier this week down at the coast. The big chromer slammed a 3.5 Simon Spinner fished behind a Shortbus Flasher. Simon 3.5 Spinners are currently on sale for $1.00 off regular price. (Regularly $6.99, now $5.99.) Go get ‘em, folks!

     

    Fishing Report 9-18

    Fall Chinook fishing on the Columbia River was good last weekend with anglers finding success all throughout the river.  Trolling 360 flashers with small 3.5 size spinners has been a very popular technique, as both Coho and Chinook will attack this combo.  Certain parts of the Columbia will be opening back up to Chinook fishing later this month and others won’t, so always check the ODFW website for the most up-to-date info.

    Coho fishing can be extremely good this time of year down in the Buoy 10/Astoria area.  These Coho are a mix of A run and B run fish, so you have a great chance of catching some massive Coho.  Trolling high in the water column with either bait or spinners will work.  And anglers tend to do well staggering their gear to zero in on exactly where the fish are running that day.

    Fall Chinook fishing in Tillamook and Nehalem are both ongoing and some days have been really good.  These anglers are trolling both triangle and 360 flashers with folks split down the middle on bait versus spinners depending on where in the bay you fish.  Near the jaws, in both Nehalem and a Tillamook, anglers are typically fishing cut-plug herring.  These fish are so fresh from the ocean that they are typically still eating and trying to devour any baitfish they see!  In the upper part of these two bays, anglers will switch over to spinners as a lot of the time the fish have been in the bay for a day and are getting snappy in the shallower water.  kokanee

    Crabbing has been good and will continue to get better as the month progresses.  These Crab will pack on some weight and fill out a lot more.  Crabbing is a fun way to spend the day at the coast, and can also be a great addition to a salmon fishing trip.

    Bottom fishing remains a killer choice for folks wanting to fill the freezer with delicious white meat for this winter.  There have been a huge variety of Bottomfish being caught lately, so you literally never know what you may hook.  Large curly tail grubs, Shrimp Flies and Chase Baits have all been producing well.

    Walleye fishing in the Columbia Gorge has been good recently.  Lots of anglers are focusing on the returning Chinook, leaving the Walleye mostly untouched.  These delicious fish are caught mainly trolling, while some folks do get them jigging.  Worm harnesses, nightcrawlers and bottom walkers are the name of the game.

    Kokanee fishing continues to be good with anglers finding success trolling close to creeks and rivers as the fish start to get ready for the spawn.  You may encounter some Kokanee that have started to turn color but you will also, more than likely, find some very large Kokanee in the mix.  Trolling and jigging both work, but most folks will spend their time trolling.  Be sure to tip your offering with a piece or two of Shoepeg corn and bring along several different scents to try.

    Trout fishing has been good for anglers that have been able to get to some of the high lakes.  These high mountain trout are trying bulk up for the winter, so they become quite aggressive.  Spinners, Kastmasters, small Maglips and Flatfish are all great choices for anglers looking for some aggressive 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.

    Sep 18, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Eric Baird 9-20

    Salmon fishing remains very good on open sections of the Columbia River and on the coast, as these two pleased clients of Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Eric Baird, discovered when they fished out of Garibaldi recently. Play ‘N’ Hooky Guide Service: 503-504-1822.

     

    Fishing report 9-10

    Fall Chinook fishing has been good on the Columbia as anglers continue to chase the fish upriver.  These anglers have been either trolling or hover fishing, depending on their location.  Folks that have been trolling have been mainly using 360 flashers with 3.5 size spinners, Brad’s Cut plugs, Super baits and Yakima Bait Spin fish.  These anglers are usually fishing suspended in the water column and looking for moving fish.  Anglers that are hover fishing are usually fishing close to the bottom,  moving slowly with the current and typically near cold water influences.

    Coho fishing has been silently picking up in Astoria.  While many anglers are chasing Chinook, the Coho fishing can be stellar this time of year in the estuary and shouldn’t be overlooked.  Trolling is the game, with both bait and spinners working equally well.  These fish love to flood in on incoming tides, making large tides ideal for quick limits.  Typically, these fish live high in the water column. So, staying off of the bottom is important.

    Going south down the Oregon coast, Nehalem Bay and Tillamook Bay have both had fish in them.  The season is starting to ramp up and as soon as we see our first few rains of fall, look for the fishing to really heat up.  Both  two bays are dominated by trolling fishermen.  Both 360 flashers and triangle flashers are implemented here.  Herring is a very dominate bait and is used throughout the bays.  As you get up into the upper bay, trolling spinners becomes the more popular technique.  All sizes and styles work, it just depends on what you have most confidence in.

    Crabbing has been good and will continue to get even better as we progress into fall.

    Tuna fishing has been going and it still seems as though the fish are quite a way offshore. Anglers are finding success trolling tuna clones, Magnum X-Raps, cedar plugs and even swimbaits. Live bait always works well if you can locate a school. Vertically jigging iron is a very fun and productive way to catch and keep a school of Tuna close to the boat.

    Bottom fishing remains a solid option for folks.  Bottom fishing is a great fishing trip for folks of all ages as the action is usually consistent and everyone loves fish and chips! Vertical jigs, shrimp flies and curly tail grubs are all good bait options.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been good and is another option that folks rarely take advantage of this time of year.  ODFW has approved two catch and keep day’s, September 12th and 19th.  Our retention days are far and few between these days so make sure to take advantage if you can.  Herring, anchovies, sand shrimp and squid are all great bait choices.

    Walleye fishing is a great fishery this time of year.  Warm water temps and low river levels tend to keep fish a little more congregated.  Focus your efforts on flat even bottomed sections of the river and you are sure to find success.  Trolling bottom walkers with worm harnesses’ is the way to go

    Kokanee fishing has been good and again, most anglers are focusing their efforts on Chinook and Coho.  This means that Kokanee lakes are less crowded, and the fish are still snappy as ever.  Trolling and jigging have both been working with most anglers preferring to troll.

    Trout fishing has been good, with reports of some large trout being caught recently.  As fall approaches, cool evening temps signal feeding time for large trout.  Spinners, Kastmasters and bubble and fly are three very effective techniques.  Fishing bait under a bobber or off the bottom are also great choices.

     

    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.

    Sep 11, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 09/04

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    Salmon fishing continues to be very good on open sections of the Columbia River and elsewhere, as this crew of Fisherman’s employees found out when they fished earlier this week with Jason Hambly of Pro Cure. Great job, Team!

     

    Salmon fishing all up and down the Columbia has been good and is getting better daily.  This is the time of year that Chinook are moving, and moving fast.  In the lower Columbia, anglers have been finding success fishing the outgoing tide while anchor fishing wobblers, spinners or plugs.  On the incoming or slack tides,  folks have been trolling 360 flashers with small 3.5 size spinners or Brad’s Superbaits.  This year a lot of areas have very short windows for days that are going to be open for Chinook retention.  With that in mind, you may have to chase the fish upriver a little more then usual, but the reward can be tremendous.  A lot of the upriver fisheries are either 360 flasher trolling fisheries or hover fishing eggs and sand shrimp.  Always check your regulations before heading to a specific spot.

    As you move farther south down the Oregon Coast, we are starting to see fisheries like Tillamook and Nehalem Bay get going.  These are also trolling based fisheries with anglers using both 360 and triangle flashers Spinners of all sizes get used here, so using what you have confidence in is a great starting point.  Anchovies and herring both are good baits with herring being the most popular bait option.

    Bottom fishing remains a constant option for anglers. This time of year there is usually a mixed bag of bottomfish to be caught. There seem to be quite a few lingcod around, with a few reports of big lingcod coming in. Large curly tail grubs, shrimp flies, P-line Rock Cod rigs and vertical jigs have all been working.

    Tuna fishing has been a little unpredictable lately.  The ocean has been rough at times making finding fish a little challenging.  With that being said, when anglers have been able to find them, the Tuna have been a good grade of fish and have been caught on many techniques.  Vertical jigging, live bait, trolling tuna clones and casting swimbaits have all caught fish.

    Crabbing in Tillamook and Nehalem bays has been fairly good. These delicious creatures make for a great addition to any bottom fishing or Salmon fishing trip. Look for the crabbing to continue to get better as we move into the fall season.

    Kokanee fishing has been good with fish being a little larger on average this time of year. Anglers are still finding their best success by trolling. Small Spin-n-glos, small spinners, Wiggle Hoochies and bright-colored Hoochies  have all been productive. Of course, tipping your offering with Shoepeg corn is a must. Playing with different scents can be one way to get the bite going if it suddenly drops off.

    All across the state, Trout fishing has been good, however, with the warm temperatures on the horizon you will do the best focusing your efforts in the early morning hours. Casting spinners, Kastmasters or spoons are great ways to find traveling fish, as is casting bubble and fly.  Anglers fishing from a boat will do well trolling a Wedding Ring nightcrawler combo, or Flatfishcurl.

    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.

    Sep 04, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 08/28

    Alison Brown 8-2020

    With another successful Buoy Ten season behind us, anglers can still find plenty of success elsewhere, as Alison Brown did earlier this week when she caught this impressive Chinook from a coastal bay. Great fish, Alison!

     

    Fishing report 8-28

    With Chinook retention closing August 27th from Buoy Ten to Tongue Point, many salmon anglers have begun to look elsewhere. Though a shorter season this year, Buoy Ten had a few slow days with tough conditions, but was otherwise productive as usual. However, this zone remains open at this time for Coho retention; one hatchery Coho per day, wild Coho, Chinook, jacks and Steelhead must be released. With this area really turning on at the end of the season, there should be some excellent salmon fishing ahead further upriver as the bulk of the run begins to arrive.

    Farther up the Columbia, anglers are having success sitting on anchor with wobblers, spinners or Kwikfish.  This technique is extremely dependent on out-going tides.  Targeting water that is anywhere from 35-60’ feet deep is what most anglers look for.  Keep your gear slightly off of the bottom and sit out the whole outgoing tide.  Sometimes, the fish are there the whole time, and other times the best bite can be the last hour of the tide.  Everyday can be different.  The incoming and slack tides are the perfect time to be trolling 360 flashers and either Brad’s Superbaits, Super Cut-Plugs or 3.5 size spinners.  Suspend your gear up off of the bottom and you will be in business.

    Farther south, virtually all of the bays and estuaries along the Oregon Coast will start to see Chinook entering them.  These fisheries are also very dominated by trolling fishermen, with folks trolling triangle flashers with bait as well as 360 flashers and spinners.  Look for these fisheries to get good in the coming weeks.

    Bottom fishing has still been great, however, a lot of anglers have switched their focus to fall Chinook and Coho fishing.  This leaves a whole bunch of great-biting and great-eating bottom fish just prime for the catching.  Large curly tail grubs, shrimp flies and bright-colored vertical jigs have been among the most productive techniques.

    Tuna fishing has been good for those that have been able to locate where the big groups of Tuna have been.  Trolling will give you the ability to fish a lot of water when searching for biters.  Once you hook up, make sure to get some live bait or vertical jigs in the water and capitalize on the situation.

    Crabbing has been decent and will also continue to get better in the coming weeks.

    Fishing off the many jetties on the Oregon Coast has been good.  Anglers are finding a multitude of species while fishing off of these man-made structures.  Casting spinners, curly tail grubs and swim baits are all great choices.  Fishing baits off of the bottom are also a fun way to catch these fish.  Sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp Sandworms are both great bait choices.

    Kokanee fishing has also continued to be a great option.  These delicious landlocked Salmon have been spending these past few months packing on some extra weight, making for some nice size Kokanee to be caught now.  Trolling deeper in the water column has been a good bet lately.  Fish are hanging a bit lower looking for cooler water during the summer heat.  Bright-colored hoochies and small spinner blades have been producing really well.

    Trout fishing all around the state is still a very viable option.  High mountain lakes have been a good place to fish as the cool evenings have created a nice temperature break for trout.  Early morning and late evening is when you will see your best bites as fish will be most active during those times.  Casting spinners or bubble and fly is a great way to intercept moving trout.  Trolling Wedding Rings, Mag Lips and small Flatfish is a great way for anglers to fill a stringer of 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.

    Aug 28, 2020 | by FMO STAFF
  • Outdoor Report 8/21

    buoy ten 8-20-20.

    The moments we live for! Seven-year-old Reed Geser, grandson of Fisherman’s employee Gary Geser, fished yesterday with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Chris Vertopoulos, and caught this awesome Chinook near Astoria. The gorgeous Salmon slammed a whole herring fished behind a Yakima Bait Fish Flash. Nice job, Reed and Grandpa Gary! (Chris V’s Guide Service: 503-349-1377.)

     

    Astoria Salmon fishing kicked off this past week with anglers having success all around the estuary.  Folks have been doing well from A Jetty all the way up to Tongue Point. The location of action has varied from day to day, but one thing is consistent:  fresh salmon are entering the Columbia River daily.  Folks target these fish by trolling with either lead or divers and the fleet seems split down the middle on using 360 flashers or triangle flashers.  The baits that are used range from fresh anchovies and herring to large trolling spinners to Brad’s Superbaits.  When starting your day, stagger the depths that you fish to try and dial-in where the fish are running.

    As the fish move up river, the tides play a big role on where and when anglers will fish and what they will be using.  When the tides are rolling out in the lower Columbia, the water gets moving very fast.  This is when fishermen will be sitting on anchor with wobblers, spinners, Kwikfish or Mag Lips.  Typically, anglers will target water that is is 35’-60’ deep and start fishing as soon as the tide switches.  When the tide is either slack or incoming, a lot of fishermen have started to fish 360 flashers with small 3.5 size spinners, Brad’s Superbaits or Spin-n-Glos.

    Bottom fishing has still been killer for fishermen heading out on the ocean. There have been some extremely large Lingcod caught lately and there have also been plenty of other bottomfish to go around.  Large curly tail grubs have been a go-to as virtually any bottomfish will attack them with reckless abandon.  Vertical jigs, Rock Cod Rigs and Shrimp Flies have all been productive.

    Tuna fishing has been decent lately.  It seems as though anglers are having to search around a little bit for the fish, however, when you find them the bite can be fast and furious.  Vertically jigging iron has been a productive technique, especially after you hook a few fish trolling and get the fish close to your boat.  Live bait has also been working well.

    Jetty fishing has been a fun outlet for folks that don’t have access to a boat.  In this fishery you can Crab at the same time as you fish.  Anglers catch all sorts of bottomfish off of the many jetties that line the Northwest Coast.  Surf Perch, Lingcod, Greenling, Seabass and Cabezon are just a few of the many species you may encounter.  Spinners, curly tail grubs, sand shrimp and Berkley Gulp Sandworms all work well.

    Summer Steelhead fishing on the Deschutes has been getting better with anglers finding success casting spinners such as Blue Fox and Panther MartinCasting plugs has been a good option as well.  Mag Lips, Wiggle Warts and Brad’s Wigglers are all plugs that folks will cast and swing through the many fast riffles that make up the Deschutes River.

    Kokanee fishing remains a great option for anglers.  Especially for those wanting a chance at some delicious Salmon without driving over to the coast.  Trolling is still the preferred technique, with anglers finding fish in different areas of the water column depending on what lake you are fishing.  It is always a good idea to stagger your gear and find where the biters are.  Bright-colored hoochies, small Spin-n-Glos, Wedding Rings and small spinner blades have all been producing well. Of course tipping your lure with a kernel of Shoepeg corn is a must.  Try a few different scents if the bite turns off, as sometimes just a change of scent can be all you need to get them right back on the bite.

    Trout fishing remains decent with folks finding their greatest success in the early morning hours before the sun gets on the water.  These fish have been hanging around in the lake for quite some time now, so it can be challenging to find exactly what they are after.  However, once you find the ticket, the action can be very fast- paced at times.  Spinners, Kastmasters, bait, small Maglips, Flatfish and flies all work 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.

    Aug 21, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 08/14

    Buoy ten 8-14-2020

    Angler Brittany Arthur is all smiles after catching this awesome Chinook earlier today at the Buoy Ten opener near Astoria, Oregon. She was fishing with legendary Fisherman’s Pro Staffer, Tim Juarez, of T and S Guide Service. Nice job, Team!

     

    Ocean Salmon fishing south of Cape Falcon has been productive for anglers traveling to the coast. There has been a good mix of fat Chinook along with healthy-size Coho. This is primarily a trolling fishery, anglers  troll with either divers or lead to keep them in the strike zone. Anchovies or Herring are the baits of choice, fished either whole or cut plug. A variety of hoochies, wobblers and even spinners are also effective.

    The Buoy10/Astoria opens up Friday 8/14. This world famous fishery provides some of the best Salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest. This year the fishery is starting a little bit later than normal, so fishing should be great from the get-go. Again, this trolling based fishery, with anglers utilizing both triangle and 360 flashers. In this fishery anglers use a multitude of lures, ranging from fresh herring to small 3.5 size spinners. It’s always good to keep several options on board. Having the ability to switch between different techniques can mean the difference between a 2-fish or a 20-fish day.

    Bottom fishing has remained a great option for anglers looking to fill their coolers with delicious white fish. Both Lingcod and Rockfish have been prevalent with reports of some very large Lingcod being caught. Many different offerings can be used when targeting bottom fish. Vertical jigs, large curly tail grubs and shrimp flies have been the most productive lately.

    Jetty fishing has been a great option for folks that don’t have the luxury of fishing from a boat. Here, you can cast out a couple of folding crab traps and let them soak while you cast out and probe the rocks for a wide variety of bottom fish. There are several ways to target these fish, with sand shrimp or Berkley Gulp Sand Worms being  fan favorites.

    Columbia River Walleye fishing has been good for anglers throughout the Columbia River Basin. These delicious fish are targeted from the Camas area all the way up to the Oregon/Washington border. There are several techniques implemented by these anglers, but trolling worm harness and bottom walkers is the most popular technique.

    Summer Steelhead anglers along the lowers Deschutes are having success casting Blue Fox Spinners, Brad’s Wigglers and Wiggle Warts. These fish can stay aggressive all day long, making it a desirable fishery for all anglers.

    Summer Steelhead fishing in SW Washington has been productive. These fisheries give anglers the ability to chase Steelhead from the bank, drift boat or power boat. Casting spinners, bobber and jig, sidedrifting, bobberdoggin and back trolling plugs are widely used techniques.

    Trout fishing continues to be a great option throughout the region. Whether you are looking for an afternoon on the water or for a full weekend at a high mountain lake, the opportunities are endless. If you are fishing from boat; trolling Mag Lips, Flatfish or Wedding Rings are all good choices. Casting spinners or bubble and fly will also entice a feisty trout. Bank anglers can find success in numerous ways. Fishing bait under a bobber or off the bottom is always a great option. Casting spinners, Kastmasters, spoons or bubble and fly are just a few other 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.

    Aug 14, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 08-07

    Ocean king July two-20

    There have been some chunky Chinook caught in the ocean from the areas still open, helping to spur anticipation for the upcoming Buoy Ten opener on August 14th. Come see us and we’ll help you get dialed-in for all your late-summer and fall fishing. Good luck!

     

    Fishing report 8-7

    Ocean Salmon fishing has remained good around the Garibaldi area.  Both Chinook and Coho have been getting caught regularly and a few really big Chinook have been in the mix.  These fish are being caught on both 360 and triangle flashers, with folks trolling a multitude of baits behind them.  Anchovies, herring, Brad’s Cut Plugs, large hoochies and Spinfish are just a few of the options for folks.

    Bottom fishing remains excellent for most anglers with reports of an abundance of Black Rockfish around.  Large curly tail grubs, Rock Cod Rigs, Shrimp Flies and vertical jigs have all been working well.  This fishery, combined with a Salmon trip, can lead to full fish boxes and smiles for everyone.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing in the Astoria area has continued to be lights out!  This is typically an action-packed fishery where anglers of all skill levels can get involved.  Squid, herring, sand shrimp and anchovies are all great bait choices.

    The Buoy 10/Astoria fishery is right around the corner and opens up on the 14th of August.  So far, the ocean fishing has been good and the fish seem to be eating well as there have been plenty of chunky Chinook around.  These fish will be flooding the river on every tide set so make sure your leaders are tied, reels are full and your bait cooler is ready.  Trolling herring, anchovies, spinners or Superbaits are all great choices.  People will use either lead or divers to get their baits into the strike zone.  Depending on the tides, stagger your baits to key in on what depth the fish are running.

    Tuna fishing has been progressively getting better as the ocean has calmed down.  Fishermen have been finding success trolling Tuna Clones, Cedar Plugs and Xrap Plugs.  Once you find the school, getting over the top of them and jigging iron can be extremely productive and is about as cool of a strike as you can get.

    Crabbing has continued to be a solid option for those looking for a productive activity to get the whole family on the water.

    Surf Perch fishing has still been good with most folks finding the best success from Seaside north.  These delicious fish tend to school up, so once you find one biter, you typically find quite a few.  Berkley Gulp Sandworms, sand shrimp or clam necks are all proven baits.

    Kokanee fishing has still been good with anglers finding success trolling.  The fish have gone deeper in the water column, giving anglers with downriggers the advantage.  Wedding Rings, Wiggle Hoochies and small Spin-n-Glos have been some of the best options for terminal tackle.  Place a kernel or two of Shoepeg corn on your hook and you are in the game.

    Trout fishing is always a good option when trying to get the family out for a day on the water.  Considering that it has been very hot out, the early morning and late evening bite will typically be the best.  Trolling is a great way to entice a bite, especially as the sun is rising or setting.  Bubble and fly is another great option, especially as you see fish cruising shorelines looking for easy meals.

    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 07, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 07/31

    Camp Chef Brookies 7-19

    Summer in the awesome Pacific Northwest, and what’s not to like? Sunny weather, long days and brook trout simmering on the Camp Chef Stove! Come see us and we’ll help get you outfitted for your next adventure in the great outdoors!

     

    Salmon fishing on the Columbia River has still been a viable option as anglers have been having fun fishing for Summer Steelhead and Summer Chinook.  There are two trains of thought when it comes to fishing for them:  Some anglers like to target the fast and shallow water of the lower Columbia with spinners or plugs,  focusing on areas that create a choke point and force the fish to funnel through. Others like to anchor fish wobblers in deeper water.  Folks that are chasing Summer Steelhead tend to fish shallower areas that  create a choke point, forcing the fish to go a certain way.  Coon Stripe Shrimp, Prawns, sand shrimp, small spinners and small plugs are all great bait choices when chasing these acrobatic fish.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing down in the estuary has been excellent with anglers finding success fishing shallow as well as a bit deeper.  If possible, fishing half the boat shallow and half the boat deeper will help you identify where the fish are on the specific day and up your catch rate.  squid, sand shrimp, herring and anchovies are all great bait options.

    Bottom fishing all along the coast has still been quite good. Between Lingcod and the dozens of other species that you could encounter, the fishing can be non-stop.  Shrimp flies, rock cod rigs, vertical Jigs and large swimbaits have all been working well.

    Tuna fishing has been hampered by wind, a rough ocean & long runs. With that being said, anglers have definitely had some success.  All of the recent wind and hot temps has really seemed to disperse the fish making finding the schools a bit more challenging.  But once you do the bite is on.  Trolling Tuna Clones, X-Rap Plugs, Cedar plugs and vertically jigging have been among the most productive techniques.

    Surf Perch fishing has been a fun fishery for folks traveling to the coast.  These delicious fish are being caught in the surf and off of jetties.  Sand shrimp, Berkley Gulp Sandworms and clam necks are all great baits.  Target these fish on the incoming tide for your best results.

    Throughout the Willamette Valley, as well as the higher mountain lakes, the Trout fishing has continued to be good.  The catch is trying to spend the bulk of your angling efforts in the early morning and late evening hours.  These fish tend to go off the bite in the hot afternoon weather.  Fishing bait off the bottom, or under a bobber, are two tried and true techniques.  Casting spinners or Kastmasters is also a very popular technique.  Casting a bubble and fly is a technique that doesn’t get utilized all that often, but can be extremely effective.

    Kokanee fishing has continued to be really good option for folks, especially locally.  Merwin Lake has been kicking out some dandy  Kokanee and the amount of fish being caught is impressive.  Bright colored hoochies, small Spin-n-glos and small spinner blades have been the best bait options.  Mixing up your scent combinations can be a key component to 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.

    Jul 31, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • OUTDOOR REPORT 07/24

    Pacific City 7-13-20

    This crew recently fished with Fisherman’s Pro Staffer, Josh Putman, on his dory out of Pacific City, and were extremely pleased with a fine catch of Salmon and Rockfish! (Josh Putman Guide Service: 503-708-1141.)

     

    Summer Chinook fishing has remained open on the Columbia and anglers are taking full advantage of this extended opener.  Beautiful Summer Chinook are being caught all throughout the Columbia River, however, anglers down in the lower river are specifically having success.  These fish tend to run shallower and are on a one-way mission to the upper Columbia.  Anglers typically find the best success anchor fishing with either Spinners, Wobblers, Kwikfish or Mag Lips.  

    Summer Steelhead fishing opened back up on the mighty Columbia and anglers are definitely having a fun time chasing them.  These fish love to run up river on an outgoing tide so planning your day around the tide is a must.  Fishing coon stripe shrimp, prawns, small spinners, small plugs or sand shrimp all work well.  Try to fish near rocky outcroppings or pilings as these force fish around them and make a perfect place to put your bait.

    Ocean Salmon fishing has been really good when the weather and ocean allows you to get across the bar.  Coho and Chinook are both being caught and anglers are reporting some really nice Coho for this early in the season.  Trolling is the name of the game and using either herring or anchovies are the two most popular options. Stagger your baits at different depths to determine where the fish are biting.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing down in Astoria is nothing short of phenomenal this time of year.  These aggressive fish love to bite and often can be found in shallow water.  This makes for a great combo that anglers of all skill levels can enjoy.  Squid, anchovies, herring and sand shrimp are all great bait choices.

    Bottom fishing has also been really good.  When the ocean has allowed anglers to get across the bar, they have found lots of nice LingCod, Rockfish and Halibut.  These fish have been caught on a wide variety of baits, but Rock Cod Rigs, shrimp flies and vertical jigs have been some of the best bets for bottom-fish. For halibut, herring and shad seem to be the go-to combo.

    Tuna fishing has just started, though some of the longer-range boats have been into them for a few weeks.  These delicious and hard-fighting fish are still out near the 50-mile mark, but as the ocean warms up, look for Albacore Tuna to start getting closer to shore.  Trolling Cedar Plugs, Tuna Clones or X-raps are all great choices when covering ground.  Once you find some fish, vertically jigging iron is a killer way to get a bite going.  Live bait is always a good choice and casting swimbaits can also coax some reluctant Tuna into biting.

    Inland, Kokanee fishing has been great and many anglers are starting to figure out just how easy it can be to catch these delicious landlocked Sockeye.  Trolling bright hoochies, small Spin-n-Glos, small spinner blades or even Wedding Rings will all entice bites.  Shoepeg corn is a must have bait and experimenting with different bait scents can really get a biting frenzy going.

    Trout fishing continues to be a great fishery all around the state.  Anglers are finding success using many different techniques. Fishing early morning and late evening are the two best times of the day to be fishing, especially on warmer days.

    Walleye fishing in the Columbia River has been consistent with anglers finding success throughout the river system.  This time of year many anglers focus their efforts on Salmon, leaving the Walleye very willing to bite as the angling pressure relaxes.  Trolling bottom walkers with worm harness rigs and nightcrawlers has been the most productive technique.

    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.Service: 503-708-1141.)

    Jul 24, 2020 | by FMO STAFF
  • Outdoor Report 07/17

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    Lisa Phillips put the hammer down on this beautiful chrome summer Steelhead on the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam recently! She tricked this fish to take down a Spin-N-Glo paired with a Washington Coon Shrimp and quickly let it go to swim another day. Congratulations Lisa!

     

    Between July 16th-July 31st, ODFW and WDFW has announced retention dates for both Chinook Salmon and Steelhead on the Columbia River. The boundaries are from Tongue Point/Rocky Point line near Astoria, Oregon, upstream to the Highway 395 at Pasco, Washington. See regulations for information on bag limit.

    Summer Chinook fishing on the Columbia was consistent this past week which was a treat for anglers.  These hard-fighting Salmon are revered as some of the best eating Salmon in the world.

    Columbia River catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been great down in the estuary near Astoria.  These absolute beasts bite well and are often times caught in shallow water.  That combination can make for some seriously fun fishing.  Squid, Sand Shrimp, Anchovies and Herring all work well when choosing baits.

    Ocean Salmon fishing has been good for anglers all over.  Chinook and Coho both seem to be around in decent numbers with reports of early limits for quite a few folks.  These fish are caught trolling Herring or Anchovies behind either Triangle or 360o Flashers.  A key tip would be to spread out your gear to find the depth the biters are running at.

    Bottom fishing has been consistent with nice Lingcod still being caught.  These fish are being caught on a variety of techniques with Vertical jigs and Shrimp Flies. Many are finding rock fish in the mix as well. Folks fishing off the many jetties along the Oregon Coast have been finding success fishing with Sand Shrimp, Herring or Berkley Gulp products. All will work, as well as curly tail grubs and even Blue Fox Spinners.

    Halibut Fishing went well last week with some extremely nice fish getting caught.  Reports of 70 lb. class Halibut were circling around as anglers probed the depths of the Pacific.  Herring, Anchovies, Sardines and Shad have all been the baits of choice for most anglers.  If you keep your gear on the bottom and pay attention to the little details, your next trip could be the one you put a giant on the deck.

    Crabbing has still been rewarding for those who are laying out crab pots before heading out to fish.  There are reports of success from both Nehalem and Tillamook Bay.

    Shad retention on the Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam recently reopened on July 16th. Many anglers have been having success using a variety of baits such as Dick Nite Spoons, Shad Darts w/ curly tail grubs, and Simon Baby Wobblers. Having a variety of options makes it easier to dial in what the Shad are keying on that day.

    Trout fishing continues to be productive as anglers are finding success using a variety of techniques.  Casting bubble and fly, Rooster Tail spinners, Kastmaster spoons and baits have all been working.  If possible, start your day early as these hot summer mid-day temps tend to hinder the bite.  Early mornings and late evenings are the best times to target trout.

    Kokanee fishing continues to be great.  These fish are still being caught predominately while trolling.  Wedding rings, Wiggle Hoochies and small spinner blades have been some of the most productive baits.  Again, staggering your baits will help increase your odds of finding the massive school of biters.

    Bass fishing across the has been phenomenal with the spawn ending. Anglers are catching a large quantity of Smallmouth on both the Willamette and Columbia River using reaction baits during the morning & evening. During the mid-day, expect to fish deeper and on the bottom as these fish are looking for cooler water temps. Some great reaction baits include topwater (spooks or poppers), spinnerbaits, and swimbaits. Throwing a drop shot, tubes, or ned rigs

    have been great choices to entice those finicky Smallmouth out deep.

    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 17, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report