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  • 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
  • Outdoor Report 6/6

    It’s not over yet! This happy crew fished this Tuesday past with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Terry Mulkey, in the lower Portland Harbor and had this great catch of Spring Chinook to take home! Terry reports that he is getting some of his fish on Pro Trolls and small spinners, plus a fish or two each day on herring still. Awesome catch fellas! Mulkey’s Guide Service: 503-803-1896. It’s not over yet! This happy crew fished this Tuesday past with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Terry Mulkey, in the lower Portland Harbor and had this great catch of Spring Chinook to take home! Terry reports that he is getting some of his fish on Pro Trolls and small spinners, plus a fish or two each day on herring still. Awesome catch fellas! Mulkey’s Guide Service: 503-803-1896.

    Locally, Springer fishing is still going on, but with the Willamette being as warm as it is, the bite has really tapered off. The folks that are still chasing them are primarily fishing 360° Flashers and small 3.5 spinners. That said, there has been good Springer action this week in the lower reach of the Portland Harbor.

    There have started to be some springers caught in Tillamook Bay lately with some nice size fish in the mix. These fish are so fresh that Herring is typically the go-to bait fished either with or without a Flasher. Some fishermen use 360° Flashers and small spinners, it just depends on how much grass is in the bay and what the tides are doing. Springers are also starting to show in the Sandy River, which is known for its later run timing.

    Bottom fishing all along the coast remains excellent with reports of a great mix of rock fish and Lingcod. P-Line Rock Cod rigs are a great option as are large curly tail grubs or shrimp flies. Lingcod also love big swimbaits, curly tail grubs and the new ChaseBaits Ultimate Squid.

    Surf Perch fishing also remains excellent. These fish are primarily caught in the surf, although in certain areas you can target them from jetties or piers. The typical rig is a sand dollar or pyramid sinker with a Crappie spreader rig above that. Using Sand Shrimp, clam necks or Berkley Gulp Sandworms are the most widely used baits.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing all along the Columbia and Willamette has been great with fish being caught on a wide variety of techniques. Soft plastics, crankbaits and spinnerbaits have been the most productive options. Fishing the shorelines is a great place to start as these fish are nearing the end of the spawn so they will be all around the shallower water. Throwing topwater baits in the early morning and late evening can locate these aggressive fish.

    Shad fishing has been phenomenal in both the Willamette and Columbia. On the Willamette, Oregon City is definitely the hot spot. And on the Columbia, Bonneville Dam has been the most productive. Use either small, bright-colored jig heads, small Dick Nite spoons or Baby Simon wobblers. These fish typically run near the bottom in 10-15’ of water, so casting and retrieving works well, as does back-bouncing or backtrolling from a boat.

    Sturgeon fishing has been getting better with most fishermen spending their time near the estuary. These fish are actively feeding, so Sand Shrimp or Anchovies are the most popular baits. However, they won’t turn down a well-placed herring or squid.

    Kokanee fishing has been great in both Merwin Lake and Swift Reservoir. These fish are still really schooled up so once you find one, you typically find a lot of them. Kokanee fishing has also been good at Green Peter and Detroit Lake as well.

    Trout fishing has been good all throughout the region as ODFW continues to plant Trout. This week they are stocking 5,000 TROPHY TROUT in Detroit Reservoir. That’s a lot of big trout! Closer to Portland they planted 6,000 legal Trout in Northfork Reservoir and 3,500 Trout in Timothy Lake. Trout fishing has reportedly been “on fire” at Timothy as of late.

    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 07, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 5/30

    Teri Lee Mulkey recently caught this gorgeous Tillamook Bay Spring Chinook fishing with her husband, Terry Mulkey. (Is there an echo in here?) Our coastal Springers are truly amazing fish, and, as one of the very best salmon anglers on the planet, Terry Mulkey excels at finding them! Great catch Team Mulkey! Terry Mulkey’s Guide Service: 503-803-1896. Teri Lee Mulkey recently caught this gorgeous Tillamook Bay Spring Chinook fishing with her husband, Terry Mulkey. (Is there an echo in here?) Our coastal Springers are truly amazing fish, and, as one of the very best salmon anglers on the planet, Terry Mulkey excels at finding them! Great catch Team Mulkey! Terry Mulkey’s Guide Service: 503-803-1896.

    The Willamette has warmed up significantly, making the Spring Chinook bite tough. However there have been folks targeting them still and having some success trolling with 360 Flashers and small 3.5 spinners. Also, there have been a few good bites this week in the lower Portland Harbor near the head of the Multnomah Channel.

    Summer Steelhead are starting to trickle in and fishermen have started to fish for them on the lower Columbia with Coonstripe Shrimp, Prawns, small spinners and small plugs. These fish are typically very aggressive and really push up river on outgoing tides.

    Shad fishing is in full swing on both the Willamette and Columbia and fishermen having been having success all throughout the river. Anchor fishing and trolling have both been productive techniques for those fishing from a boat. Small, bright jig heads, Dick-Nite spoons and Baby Simon spoons have all been producing. For those that are bank fishing, Bonneville Dam will be your best option. Again, small bright-colored jig heads and small spoons are the most popular options.

    Surf Perch fishing remains excellent along the coast, with reports of good fishing coming from the Seaside and Longbeach areas. These delicious fish are usually targeted on an incoming tide with Sand Shrimp, clam necks or Berkley Gulp Sandworms.

    Sturgeon fishing is improving in the estuary and those that have been heading down to get in on the keeper Sturgeon season have been doing well. Sand Shrimp and Anchovies have been the top producing baits.

    Crabbing has been good up and down the coast. Crabbing is a great way to get the whole family involved in a fun and delicious outdoor activity. Crab also make for a great addition to any number of fishing trips you can go on this time of year, whether it’s Salmon fishing, bottom fishing or Halibut fishing.

    Trout are still being stocked by the thousands and ODFW will continue to stock lakes for the next few months. This week Lost Lake got stocked with over 3,000 legal Trout with another 300+ trophy Trout; St. Louis ponds received over 4,000 legal Trout; Hartman and Sheridan ponds both received several thousand legal Trout; and North Fork Reservoir on the Clackamas received 7,500 legal Trout! These freshly stocked trout usually are extremely aggressive, and fishing can be very good if you are there within a week or two of a lake being stocked. Spinners, spoons, Powerbait and Nightcrawlers all are great choices when picking what to use.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing remains great along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. These fish are hard fighting and great biters this time of year. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, soft plastics and, in the right situation, topwater plugs are all great choices this time of year. They are currently in the post-spawn phase. Therefore, begin working shallow in the early mornings and begin working deeper as these fish typically move offshore where cooler water temps are located.

    Walleye fishing has been good throughout the Columbia River Gorge. Reports of fish being caught virtually all up and down the river have been coming in lately. Trolling has been the most popular technique when searching for these tasty fish. Worm harnesses with Spin-n-Glo’s or small spinner blades above them work great.

    Kokanee fishing has still been exceptional at Merwin Lake. These fish tend to travel in large schools, so it may take a few minutes to find them. But once you do its usually fast pace action. This is another great fishery to get the whole family into. With lots of action and slow trolling speeds it makes for a very kid friendly fishery.

     

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

    May 31, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 5/23

    Bottom fishing has been very good recently for a variety of species including Lingcod and various Rockfish, like the Copper Rockfish pictured here. Fish tacos anyone? Bottom fishing has been very good recently for a variety of species including Lingcod and various Rockfish, like the Copper Rockfish pictured here. Fish tacos anyone?

    Spring Chinook fishing remains a constant option all throughout the Willamette system. The vast majority of fishermen have been trolling 360 Flashers with small, 3.5 size spinners or smaller size Brad’s Super Bait Cut Plugs. The water temperature in the Willamette has started to climb, so that means that the Spring Chinook are on a one-way mission to get into the cooler temps of the tributary rivers. In the tributaries we are starting to see a few more chinook get caught each week. Most fishermen are using bait either under a bobber, backtrolled or back-bounced. Prawns, Sand Shrimp, Coonstripe Shrimp and eggs are all options when picking out what bait to bring along with you on your next trip.

    Summer Steelhead are also showing up on the Willamette and its tributaries. These fish are so fun to catch as they spend more time out of the water then they do in it. Spinners, plugs, jigs and bait are all great options. Focus your efforts in the faster transition water and you may be rewarded with chrome results.

    Shad are here and the fishing has been really good for them already. Small neon-colored jig heads, Dick-Nite spoons, Shad Darts and small curly tail grubs all work killer for Shad. This is a great fishery to introduce younger generations of anglers into the sport, as the action is typically fast paced and they bite well all day. You can catch them from shore casting the above rigs, or you can catch them from a boat. From the boat you can catch them backtrolling with jet divers, forward trolling with divers or backbouncing with lead. All of these techniques work well, and it ultimately will depend on your preference of fishing.

    Surf Perch fishing continues to be great all along the coast. Focus your time on the incoming tides and you will find them. If you haven’t had a bite in 30 minutes, then keep moving until you find the biters. Once you do, usually, there are quite a few together. Berkley Gulp Sandworms and Sand Shrimp have been the two hot baits recently.

    Bottom fishing has also been stellar for those that are heading down to the coast. Lingcod and rockfish have been taking vertical jigs, shrimp flies and the usual assortment of plastic baits.

    Kokanee fishing at Merwin and Yale Lake has still been good. Both lakes have been pumping out healthy numbers of Kokanee, with trolling still being the most popular technique. Paulina has also been putting out quality fish along with Green Peter Reservoir.

    Walleye fishing throughout the Columbia River Gorge has been good with lots of anglers starting to figure out just how good the fishing can be. Trolling worm harnesses and plugs have been two of the best options when chasing these delicious fish. Once you find where they are located, you can switch over to jigging and give them another look at your gear.

    Trout fishing has been good around the local area. This last week’s cooler temps and precipitation has helped keep water temps down and increased the Trout activity. The fish can still be found in shallower water early in the am; try casting to them with spinners, spoons, flies and plugs.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing remains excellent through out the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. These fish are in the end of the spawn and are extremely aggressive. Casting lipless crankbaits, jigs, Senkos, spinnerbaits and even early morning topwater lures are all great choices.

     

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

    May 24, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 5/16

    Trout fishing is currently taking off across our region, and options are many for anglers interested in plump rainbows like this specimen that was caught near the Pine Point boat ramp at Timothy Lake. Trout fishing is currently taking off across our region, and options are many for anglers interested in plump rainbows like this specimen that was caught near the Pine Point boat ramp at Timothy Lake.

    Spring Chinook fishing remains good around the local area. Fish are being caught all along the Willamette, and with this week’s cooler temperatures and rain, the river should cool some, improving the bite even more. The Columbia has come up some and that has slowed down the current in the Willamette. The past few years fishermen have figured out that when these conditions appear, you can switch your gear to 360 Flashers and small spinner to continue enticing fish. Virtually all up and down the river you will see this technique be the most predominant. Small spinners, Brad's Superbaits, Brad's Cut Plugs and Prawn spinners all work well behind 360 Flashers.

    Drano Lake and Wind River have still been pumping out fish for anglers willing to make the drive up the gorge. These fish are some of the most premier Springers on the planet. Revered as some of the best eating and hardest fighting Springers around. Anglers have been using a wide variety of techniques to catch these fish. Trolling has still been the most predominant technique with anglers trolling 360 Flashers and bait, Triangle Flashers and bait, Mag Lips and Wiggle Warts. Other folks are choosing to anchor up and bobber fish eggs, Shrimp, Prawns or Tuna belly. As time goes on you will see more and more anglers switching to bobber fishing in the early mornings and late evenings.

    Shad are on their way! The first few waves of Shad have entered the Columbia and Willamette and will soon be coming up river by the millions, literally. These hard fighting, great biting fish love to bite and are great sport for anglers of all skill levels. You can catch them on anchor, forward or backward trolling. Small bright colored jig heads, grubs and Dick Nite style spoons are among the most popular options. Find a decent current seam, get your gear in their face and you should have constant action all day long.

    Trout fishing remains excellent all around the local area and with this week’s rain and cooler temps the Trout should definitely stay on the bite. Early morning and evenings are still some of the best times to target them, but if you have access to a boat then you can search around the lake to find where the aggressive fish are hiding throughout the day. Trolling has been a great option, as well as casting spinners and spoons.

    Surf Perch fishing has been extremely good all along the coast line, with the incoming tide definitely being the most productive time to target them. Berkley Gulp Sandworms have been the go-to bait with the best color changing daily. Bring all the colors and switch them up throughout the tide to see what works best that day.

    Bottom fishing has also been great with lots of angler reporting success targeting rock fish and Lingcod. Large curly tail grubs and vertical jigs have been some of the best options when choosing what tackle to use.

    Crabbing has been productive in Tillamook and Nehalem Bays with reports of quality keepers. A great option this time of year is to hop on any number of jetties that litter the Oregon Coast and fish for rock fish. While you are fishing you are also allowed to crab off the jetties with either crab snares or folding traps. It keeps you busy and it’s a great way to get a mixed bag of seafood to take home. Again, curly tail grubs are a great option for rock fish and Sand Shrimp works great as all variations of Surf Perch come in and out on every tide set.

    Our estuary keeper Sturgeon fishery had its first opener earlier this week and lots of anglers participated, hoping for a shot at some delicious keeper Sturgeon. Fishing overall was productive and will only get better as we near June. Sand Shrimp and Anchovies were the top producing baits with Herring being a good option as well. Watch the tides and be careful as the weather can be a little finicky this time of year.

    Summer Steelhead fishing on the Columbia opens on May 16th and there usually are some fish around that are headed for some of Washington’s lower river tributaries. These fish typically hug the shore lines and love to bite Coon Stripe Shrimp, Prawns, small plugs and spinners.

    Bass fishing in the Pacific Northwest is in full swing as most bodies of water are in the spawning phase. Look for shallow flats along the bank that have a hard bottom and you will find Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass in those areas. Covering water using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits is a great way to find productive areas. Don’t be afraid to slow down and pick apart a section with a jig, Texas rig, or Senko.

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

    May 16, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 5/9

    Ryan Terry

    Young Ryan Terry and his Dad recently fished with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Eric Baird, to land his first Spring Chinook from the Willamette River. Never caught a Springer? Give Eric a call. With nearly forty years of experience fishing Spring Chinook on the Willamette, Eric knows this fishery well and loves to see folks get into their first Springer! Eric Baird and Play ‘N’ Hooky Guide Service: 503-504-1822.

     

    Spring Chinook fishing has remained great this last week with anglers spread all over the map. Folks have been fishing the Willamette from Oregon City all the way down to the mouth of the Multnomah Channel. Trolling has become the most consistent technique with anglers using either a Triangle Flasher and Green Label Herring or a 360 Flasher and small spinner, Brads Superbait or Cutplug. Especially down in the harbor, this trolling fishery will be a viable option for weeks to come.

    Drano Lake and the mouth of the Wind River have both been quite good this week. Dam counts have risen, and the fish have been tucking into both of these unique fisheries. Drano Lake has been dominated by folks trolling 360 Flashers and Prawns, Superbaits or small Herring. As the water continues to warm up, look for the bobber fishery to really take off. At the mouth of the Wind River, fishermen have been trolling Triangle Flashers with Prawns or Herring and have also been trolling plugs. This fishery has a lot shallower water compared to Drano Lake, so one of the most popular techniques is to flat line magnum Wiggle Warts or Maglips in size 4.0-4.5’s.

    Summer Steelhead have started to show up and anglers that have been targeting them are doing well on spinners, spoons, Coon Stripe Shrimp and Sand Shrimp. All these techniques will have you in the game whether a Springer or Steelhead decide they want to play.

    With ODFW continuing to plant lakes throughout the region, Trout fishing has been a great option! Check the stocking schedules and if you can time your trip to coincide with a recent stocking you will be in for some fast-paced action. Staying near the boat launch will be a great place to start for recently stocked fish. Start there and then work outward along the shorelines and look for cruising fish. Typically, these fish are aggressive and love to eat spinners, Kastmasters and flies. This past week Timothy Lake, Commonwealth Lake and Huddleston Pond were all stocked with legal Trout. Along the coast, Town Lake and Cape Meares Lake also received their spring time Trout stockings.

    Bottom fishing has been stellar for those able to get out. Lingcod fishing remains great with some larger fish caught this last week. The rockfish bite has been good enough for most folks to get the boat limit. Dropping your crab pots on the way out gives you even more options to bring home some seafood. Make sure and keep your bait cages full of bait so that the pots fill up with crab while you’re out catching your rockfish limits.

    This time of year, the coast has some of the best Surf Perch fishing of the year. Anglers have been reporting great success from Longbeach all the way down to the southern Oregon Coast. Sand Shrimp and Berkley Gulp Sandworms have been the top baits.

    Smallmouth fishing started off well in the Willamette and Columbia. Fish are moving in shallow to spawn and this makes them super aggressive and easier to catch. Soft plastics, shallow diving crankbaits and swimbaits are all good choices when targeting these fun fish. Spinnerbaits are another great bait to use when searching for fish near grass.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been excellent in the Lower Willamette. Fishermen have been fishing for Salmon in the morning and switching to Sturgeon fishing in the afternoons. This way they have constant action all day long. Squid, Shrimp and Herring are still among the top producing baits.

    Shad have arrived this week in the Willamette River, and the run will continue to build over the next several weeks on both the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

    Halibut has been open in the Columbia River Subarea and the Southern Oregon Subarea and just Thursday has opened in the popular Central Coast Subarea. For open dates please go to ODFW’s Halibut page  by clicking here ODFW Halibut

     

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

    May 10, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 5/3

    Dan Dieter

    Spring Chinook fishing continues to be good throughout the Willamette River and Multnomah Channel. Kim Bourgeois recently joined Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Dan Dieter, to catch this awesome Springer from the channel. The fish took a plug-cut herring trolled behind a BYO Flasher. Nice catch!

    Spring Chinook fishing has been in full swing now for a few weeks and folks are really starting to dial in their fisheries. In the Portland Harbor on the<strong "> Willamette, fishermen have been finding success trolling Herring with Triangle Flashers at a suspended depth, as the bottom varies greatly and is quite snaggy in spots. There are also fishermen that are starting to troll 360 Flashers and small spinners. As the water starts to warm up this will become the go-to technique. Oregon City has been putting out Spring Chinook as well as a few summer steelhead. This fishery is either an anchor or backtrolling fishery. The anchor fishermen will be using a variety of techniques such as Prawns, Sand Shrimp, plugs and spinners. While the backtrolling crowd will be typically fishing some sort of bait. Eggs, Shrimp, Prawns, Coon Shrimp and plugs make up most of their bait choices.

    As far as the smaller tributaries are concerned, we are in an in between stage. There have been reports of a few Spring Chinook caught and some Summer Steelhead poking around. In the next few weeks, look for most tributaries to start seeing more Chinook and Steelhead entering them. Making them a viable option, especially for the drift boat and bank fishermen.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been great for those taking advantage of this local fishery.  Herring, Squid, Sand Shrimp and Anchovies have all been a producing fish. There is a lower river retention starting May 13th. Check with ODFW for all the details click here.

    Crabbing has been great in Tillamook and Nehalem Bay. Folks that have been heading down to bottom fish have been dropping their pots on their way out in the morning and have been returning to nice full pots, with a good grade of keepers in the mix.

    Bottom fishing has also been good all along the coast as ocean conditions allow. Fishermen from Astoria all the way down to Coos Bay have been taking advantage of the nice weather and have been making the run out to the bottom fish grounds. They have been finding nice quality bottom fish and great Lingcod in the mix. You never know what you will hook when dropping your gear to the bottom, that’s part of what makes this fishery so fun.

    Trout fishing remains a great option this time of year. Most local lakes have already received most of their stocked Trout for the year and there are always hold over Trout from last season. Trolling is a great way to find the schools of fish that get spread throughout the lakes. Once you find them there are several ways to target them.  You can cast hardware such as spinners, spoons or Kastmasters. You can also fish bait under a bobber or cast flies to them. All of these are tried and true techniques, you just never know which one will be the ticket that day.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing along the Columbia and Willamette has been good and will only get better over the coming weeks. These fish are moving up shallow to spawn and become extremely aggressive the shallower they get. Soft plastics are always a great option as are Spinnerbaits and Lipless Crankbaits. Targeting large flats this time of the year can put you on large schools of hard fighting Smallmouth.

    Kokanee fishing has been stellar for those wanting to make the trek up to Merwin or Yale lake. The fish have been fairly spread out, so you usually can find your own spot in the lake to fish. Dodgers with a small Spin-N-Glo, Wiggle Hoochie, Smile Blade or Wedding Ring will all entice biters. Make sure you have some corn with you and a few extra scents. Changing up scent can, at times, make all the difference in the world.

    Surf perch fishing has been great for those heading down to the coast looking for them. Some of our reports are that the perch are quite big already and have seemed to be caught in schools. Meaning once you find a biter, often you will find quite a few more. Sandshrimp and Berkley Gulp Sandworms have been the top two baits.

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

    May 03, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 4/25

     

    Spring Chinook fishing has improved considerably of late, as exhibited by these pleased clients of Chris Vertopoulos. The Willamette River in particular has been very good for Spring Chinook the past few days, with fish being caught throughout Multnomah Channel all the way up to Oregon City. The dogwoods are in full bloom and the Springers are biting! It’s go-time, folks! Spring Chinook fishing has improved considerably of late, as exhibited by these pleased clients of Chris Vertopoulos. The Willamette River in particular has been very good for Spring Chinook the past few days, with fish being caught throughout Multnomah Channel all the way up to Oregon City. The dogwoods are in full bloom and the Springers are biting! It’s go-time, folks!

    The Willamette has been clearing up throughout the last week and the bite has been getting better every day. The whole river has been fishing well and it will really depend on what type of fishing you want to do as to where you should focus your efforts. For those wanting to troll flashers and Herring or Prawns, you will want to focus your time from the Milwaukie area all throughout the Lower Willamette and Multnomah Channel. These areas will be where the freshest fish must go through first, so expect willing biters. Those wanting to back bounce, backtroll or anchor, should spend their time all around the Oregon City area. Springerswill congregate in this area before they migrate over the falls, so fishing can be amazing, and tricky at times. Once the fish have been around for a few days, you may need to play around with scents and different baits to get fish to turn on. But stay at it, as the bite can turn on at any time.

    The Columbia will be open again this coming weekend for those wanting to chase big, purple back upriver Springers. The water has been dirty but those putting in the effort have been getting a few fish on the previous openers. Anchor fishing has been the most productive technique for those fishing in the lower river. For bank fishermen, plunking at Bonneville Dam will be your best bet. Spin-N-Glo’s, Prawns and even Tuna balls are the go-to baits for these bank anglers.

    Drano Lake and the mouth of the Wind River have started to kick out some fish this last week and will continue to get better as the water clears and warms. The fisheries are unique in that they allow anglers to target Spring Chinook in almost any way possible. There will be fishermen trolling Herring, Prawns, Superbaits, spinners and Anchovies. Others will also be trolling Triangle Flashers, or any variation of a 360 Flasher and bank anglers will be casting plugs or spinners from the shoreline. And the best part is they all catch fish! Pick your favorite technique, put your time in and you can be rewarded with delicious upriver Spring Chinook.

    Trout fishing has really picked up around the local area. Trojan Lake, Haldeman Pond and Huddleston Pond all have been stocked this week and should provide great Trout fishing opportunities over the weekend. Bobber fishing bait is always a go-to when chasing freshly stocked Trout. However, don’t count out casting hardware or flies as these techniques can really get the bite going.

    Kokanee fishing continues to be great on Merwin and Yale Reservoirs. These aggressive Kokanee have been keeping plenty of anglers busy lately. Dodgers with either a Wedding Ring, Wiggle Hoochie, Kokanee Cut-Plug or small Spin-N’-Glo have been the most popular options when choosing what to use.

    Bottom fishing and crabbing has been good along the coast with many fishermen reporting decent numbers of quality Lingcod as well as plenty of rock fish to keep anglers on their toes.

    Surf Perch fishing has been great all up and down the Oregon and Washington coast. These delicious fish really start to get aggressive this time of year and can be a super fun way to spend a few hours at the coast.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been great throughout the Lower Willamette and Columbia River. A lot of anglers that spend the morning targeting Spring Chinook find that, if chinook fishing is slow that day, catch and release Sturgeon fishing is a great way to use their excess Herring.

    Walleye fishing has continued to be good throughout the Columbia River Gorge with lots of anglers focusing their time east of Bonneville Dam. Bottom Walkers and worm harness’s have been the go-to for a lot of Walleye fishermen.

     

    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 26, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • 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