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  • Outdoor Report 1/23

    Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Ted Teufel, recently put together some great days of steelhead fishing on the Coast. Expect rivers to have another fresh batch of steelhead as they drop into shape after this rain. (Pro Fish Guide and Ted Teufel: 503-803-2616.)  Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Ted Teufel, recently put together some great days of steelhead fishing on the Coast. Expect rivers to have another fresh batch of steelhead as they drop into shape after this rain.
    (Pro Fish Guide and Ted Teufel: 503-803-2616.)

    Winter Steelhead fishing has continued to get better throughout the region.  More hatchery fish have been showing up lately with some really nice fish around.  The vast majority of fishermen have been bobberdoggin’, with a few folks sidedrifting.  Fish have been caught on eggs, shrimp, yarnies, soft and hard beads.  We are in for a lot of rain this week but as soon as the rivers start to drop back into shape, look for there to be quite a few fish around.  When rivers have just dropped into shape, backtrolling plugs can be extremely effective.  Hot Shots, K11’s, Wiggle Warts and Mag Lips all have been working well.  If you end up finding a section of river with some fish holding in it, try bobber and jig or bobber and pink worm.  These techniques work wonders under almost any water condition.

    Kokanee fishing still has been good at Merwin Lake this last week.  The fish that are being caught are actually a fairly good size for this time of year.  Recently, small spinner blades and Spin-N-Glo’s tipped with shoepeg corn have been the go-to technique.  Troll them high in the water column behind one of your favorite flashers and you have a winning combo.

    Trout fishing is still an option and folks that have been putting their time in are being rewarded for their efforts.  With cold water and cold weather, the trout have been slowing down and haven’t been as active.  This means that fishing bait on or near the bottom will be one of your best options.

    Catch and release sturgeon fishing is still a viable option and folks that have been chasing these prehistoric creatures are having some fun.  Squid, sandshrimp, herring and nightcrawlers have all been producing well.

    Razor Clamming has reopened on the Oregon coast from the Columbia river south to Tillamook Head.  Look for good clamming to be had on the next set of low or negative tides.

    Crabbing is always an option in all of the bays and estuaries that line the Oregon Coast.  This time of year, the weather can be the hardest part to deal with but when you plan your trip around the weather you can have a very fun and productive time.  Effective Jan. 1, 2020, recreational crabbers will need to mark all floating surface buoys with the owner’s full name or business name and at least one of the following: phone number, permanent address, ODFW Angler ID number, or vessel identification number. Mark your information in a clear, legible, and permanent manner. While this rule does not apply to gear tied to docks, piers, jetties, or beaches, we recommend marking buoys on any gear that could become derelict or lost.

     

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

    Jan 24, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 1/16

    Check out this gorgeous Chromer caught by Jeremy Flaherty of Napa, California. He was fishing with Fisherman's Pro John Klar. John Klar's Salmon & Steelhead Sportfishing 707-498-1707.

    Check out this gorgeous Chromer caught by Jeremy Flaherty of Napa, California. He was fishing with Fisherman's Pro John Klar.
    John Klar's Salmon & Steelhead Sportfishing 707-498-1707.

    Winter steelhead fishing has continued to improve and with this last big jump in water there should be Steelhead in every river system that has a run.  More hatchery fish have been showing up which has really balanced out the wild to hatchery catch ratio.  These fish will be flying up river as soon as each river starts to drop back into shape.  Look at targeting the soft edges of the fast water and areas that will give fish a reprieve from the heavy current.  Pink worms, eggs, shrimp or large soft beads will be great options when thinking about how to approach these traveling fish.  Folks that are bobberdoggin’ or side drifting should also look to target the soft edges.  Dragging eggs, large yarn balls or large beads will all work well.  Fishermen wanting to backtroll plugs will also find the best success in the soft water just outside the main current seams.  K11’s, 3.5 Mag Lips and Wiggle Warts will all produce fish.

    Catch and release sturgeon fishing has been going well for anglers in the lower Willamette.  This is a fishery that is close to home for most folks and provides great action for anglers of all ages.  Above Bonneville Dam there is a keeper sturgeon fishery that started at the beginning of the month and will continue until the quota is reached.  Be sure to check the ODFW website before you head out because once the quota is reached the keeper fishery will shut down immediately.  Sand shrimp, herring and squid have all been very productive baits lately.

    Locally, Merwin Lake has been putting out plenty of nice size Kokanee.  These delicious land locked salmon tend to school up, especially during the winter months.  With that being said, it may take a little time to nail down exactly where they are in the lake.  But once you find them the action is typically fast paced.  They will be higher in the water column, due to the cold temperatures we have been having.  Trolling dodgers with small spinner blades, small Spin-n-Glo’s or small hoochies will all entice bites.  Bring along a few different scents to try and you are set for a day of fun!

    Trout fishing is always an option, even during these cold winter months.  Trout may not be as active right as they would be in the spring or summer but that doesn’t mean that they still aren’t an option.  One of your best bets will be to still fish bait under a bobber or fish it off the bottom.  Powerbait, nightcrawlers , single salmon eggs or shrimp are all great bait choices.

    Duck hunting has been good for those that have been braving the elements.  The nasty weather and dropping temperatures keep the birds moving and looking for food and shelter. There are tons of divers in the lower Columbia but it will take some significant wind and weather conditions to get the large rafts moving and decoying.

    New Razor Clam digs have been approved in Washington for the month of January.

    • January 21, Tuesday, 4:23 pm -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

    • January 22, Wednesday, 5:10 pm -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

    • January 23, Thursday, 5:53 pm -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

    • January 24, Friday, 6:32 pm -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

    • January 25, Saturday, 7:08 pm -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

    • January 26, Sunday, 7:42 pm -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

    For more information visit: WDFW

    Razor clamming remains closed along the Oregon coast but keep a look out for that to change any time.  The clamming should pick up right where it left off with large and plentiful clams.

     

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

    Jan 17, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 1/9

    Trevor from our Oregon City Tackle Department caught and released this awesome wild Steelhead earlier this week from an Oregon Coast river. Winter Steelhead fishing continues to improve—albeit slowly--but will only get better as we move into peak run timing over the next couple of months. Good luck! Trevor from our Oregon City Tackle Department caught and released this awesome wild Steelhead earlier this week from an Oregon Coast river. Winter Steelhead fishing continues to improve—albeit slowly--but will only get better as we move into peak run timing over the next couple of months. Good luck!

    Winter Steelhead fishing has been getting better with decent reports coming from the valley as well as the coast.  Seems to be a decent mixture of hatchery and wild fish around with reports of a few big hatchery fish being caught.  There has been a trend of most boats bobberdoggin’ bait or beads.  While this technique can be deadly, it can also pay to stand out from the crowd.  Doing a little “old school” drift fishing or bobber and jig fishing can really make the difference on days when the bite is tough.  Being able to thoroughly cover water can be paramount.  Bobber fishing beads, bait, jigs, pink worms or Steelhead Scampi have all been productive.  Backtrolling 3.5 Mag Lips, Wiggle Warts, Hot Shots or Wigglers have all worked for those willing to put in the time.  Finding" walking speed" runs and backing down some plugs can be a very exciting way to spend an afternoon.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has continued to be good, even with the high flows in the Willamette.  Fishing will stay good regardless of water flow, however be mindful of where you drop your anchor so you're not in the way of debris coming down river.  Squid, Sand Shrimp, Herring and Smelt have all been working.  Don’t forget to bring along a few different scents to try when the bite gets slow.

    Kokanee fishing continues to be great in Southwest Washington, with reports coming from Merwin Lake that the Kokanee are on the bite.  These delicious fish provide a great opportunity for folks to catch land locked Salmon all year long!  The water is on the colder side, so the Kokanee are up near the surface.  Fishermen have been finding success trolling Brad’s Mini Cut Plugs, small spinner blades or wedding rings.  Make sure you bring along a few different scents as that can be the difference between a good day or bad day on the water.

    Trout fishing has been steady around the region.  The larger bodies of water have been producing better with trout being a bit less active as the weather gets colder.  Bait will be one of the best options with the cooler water temps.  Still fishing bait under a bobber or bait on the bottom will be one of your best options as these fish are slowing down and looking for an easy meal.

    Clamming is reopening in Long Beach and it should be stellar.  The weather will be a bit on the cold side, but fast limits will keep everyone warm.

    Crabbing is still a viable option all along the coast.  The stormy weather may put a damper on your trip, but the crab this time of year are fat and delicious!

    Duck hunting has been better for those that are willing to battle the elements.  With lowland areas finally getting some water, the ducks have gained more areas to be in which has given hunters more areas to hunt.

     

    DIGS APPROVED!

    The following digs are approved in Washington:

    JANUARY
    • January 8, Wednesday, 5:05 pm -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
    • January 9, Thursday, 5:47 pm -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
    • January 10, Friday, 6:29 pm -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
    • January 11, Saturday, 7:11 pm -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
    • January 12, Sunday, 7:53 pm -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
    • January 13, Monday, 8:36 pm -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
    • January 14, Tuesday, 9:20 pm -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

     

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

    Jan 10, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 1/2

    Robert from our Oregon City store celebrated the New Year by catching and preparing a fresh batch of smoked Winter Steelhead! At Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor, we proudly carry a fine selection of fish and game smoking supplies from Smokehouse Products, another great Oregon-based company! Winter Steelhead fishing continues to improve both locally and at the Coast, with a decent mix of both hatchery keepers and wild fish available. Fish on! Robert from our Oregon City store celebrated the New Year by catching and preparing a fresh batch of smoked Winter Steelhead! At Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor, we proudly carry a fine selection of fish and game smoking supplies from Smokehouse Products, another great Oregon-based company! Winter Steelhead fishing continues to improve both locally and at the Coast, with a decent mix of both hatchery keepers and wild fish available. Fish on!

    Winter Steelhead fishing has continued to improve this past week with most local rivers having Winter Steelhead in them.  All along the coast, rivers have come up and down with a few different shots of rain and fish have entered the rivers on each rise.  These early fish are usually aggressive and willing biters.  Bobber and jigpink wormsbeads or bait are all great choices when chasing them.  Hardware is another, often-overlooked, technique that can work very well.  Little CleoP-Line and Gibbs are great spoon choices, and Blue Fox or Mepps are always solid choices when choosing spinners.  Those who will be fishing from a boat can find great success bobberdoggin’ or side-drifting to cover water.  Backtrolling plugs is another great option, especially when the water comes up.

    Catch and release sturgeon fishing has continued to be a great choice for anglers wanting to spend a fun day on the water catching fish.  The prehistoric fish provide great sport throughout the winter months and especially in the calm, slow waters of the lower Willamette.  Squid, Sand Shrimp, Herring and Anchovies are all good bait choices. January 1st the Columbia River above Bonneville Dam opened to Sturgeon retention under Columbia River zone permanent regulations. This fishery will remain open until the quota is reached. Be sure to check the regs before heading out.

    Crabbing has been a consistent option for those that are looking to bring home some tasty meat.  Crabbing is also a great winter time outdoor activity as the meat quality is superb and baiting, pulling and re-baiting pots is a fun time for everyone on board.

    Throughout the region there are still lakes that are open for trout fishing and anglers can experience great success as the pressure is usually less than spring or summer.  A lot of these fish will start to hunker down a little bit and not be quite as active, due to the cold water temps.  With that being said, the fishing can still be killer!  Bait fished under a bobber or along the bottom can entice bites all day long.  Spinners and plugs are also great choices, especially for boat fishermen that can troll along rocky shorelines where hungry trout may be hanging out.

    Kokanee fishing has been great for anglers that have been fishing Merwin Lake.  Kokanee have pulled up higher in the water column making it easier for anglers to target them.  Small spinner blades and small Spin-N-Glo’s have been the ticket lately.  Of course tipping your lure with Shoepeg Corn and trolling it behind your favorite dodger is a must.  Bring along a few different scent options and you are ready for a fun day of catching delicious Kokanee.

    Duck hunters have been having some good success with the recent weather we have been having.  Low-land areas have started to fill up with water giving ducks more areas to flock to.  Look for the hunting to get better with the forecast of more rain on its way.

     

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

    Jan 03, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 12/26

    Customer Raj just raised the bar on the Fisherman’s/Maxima/Shimano Winter Steelhead Derby by entering this awesome, locally-caught broodstock fish earlier this week. Nice job, Raj! Winter Steelhead fishing continues to slowly improve on local rivers and at the coast, and will only get better in the coming weeks. Fish on! Customer Raj just raised the bar on the Fisherman’s/Maxima/Shimano Winter Steelhead Derby by entering this awesome, locally-caught broodstock fish earlier this week. Nice job, Raj! Winter Steelhead fishing continues to slowly improve on local rivers and at the coast, and will only get better in the coming weeks. Fish on!

    Winter Steelhead fishing is just getting going locally with reports of fresh fish being caught in the Sandy and Clackamas.  These fish will start to filter in on every wave of rain we get.  When searching for these early Steelhead, folks will target them in several different ways.  Bobberdoggin or side-drifting are two very popular methods for covering water this time of year.  Another method that sometimes gets forgotten about is backtrolling plugs.  Big, angry steelhead have a hard time resisting a well-presented K11 Kwikfish, 3.5 Mag Lip or Wiggle Wart.  Along the coast, most rivers have already seen their first Winter Steelhead and some rivers will have new fish after this last batch of rain.  Drift-fishing bait, bobber-fishing beads or jigs and casting hardware are all great choices when targeting fish in some of the smaller tributaries.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been killer in the Portland Harbor area of the Willamette River.  These fish have been feeding well and reports are that even the smaller “shaker” size fish have been packing on the pounds.  Sand Shrimp, Smelt, Herring and Squid have all been producing.

    Crabbing continues to be productive all along the coast, with Tillamook and Nehalem being two bright spots for crabbers.  Nice, full Dungeness crab have been the norm, with lots of boats catching their limits.

    Kokanee fishing has also been really good with a lot of anglers spending their time up on Merwin Lake.  Fish have risen in the water column, which makes targeting them easier for everyone,  not just those with downriggersWiggle Hoochies, small Spin-n-Glos, Wedding Rings and Brad's Kokanee Cut Plugs have all been producing fish.  Fish any one of these lures behind your favorite dodger and you are well on your way to a limit of delicious Kokanee.

    Trout fishing is still an option with anglers reporting decent success from Hagg Lake.  Good-size hold over Trout are prime for the taking this time of year.  Trolling small plugs or a wedding ring and nightcrawler combo can be just the ticket.  Bank anglers will find success by fishing a bobber and bait, bait fished off of the bottom or by casting Rooster Tails or Kastmasters.

    Washington Razor Clamming continues to be great with folks reporting quick limits out of Long Beach earlier this week.  Razor Clamming in Oregon remains closed at this time, but bay Clamming and Crabbing remains open.

    Duck hunting got better this past week with the ducks responding well to the last storm system.  Look for the hunting to get even better as the lowland areas fill up with water and give birds more options to move.

     

    DIGS APPROVED!

    The following digs are approved:

    DECEMBER
    •December 27, Friday, 7:26 pm, -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

    •December 28, Saturday, 8:05 pm, -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

    • December 28, Saturday, 8:05 pm, -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

     

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

    Dec 30, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 12/19

    Reports of Winter Steelhead catches increased this week, including this nice wild fish caught and released by Robert from our Oregon City store this past Monday on an Oregon Coast river. We are now at that point on the calendar where we can expect a fresh wave of steelhead on every rain event, which has diehard Steelhead anglers chomping at the bit to get on area rivers as they drop into shape following our current storm. Good luck! Reports of Winter Steelhead catches increased this week, including this nice wild fish caught and released by Robert from our Oregon City store this past Monday on an Oregon Coast river. We are now at that point on the calendar where we can expect a fresh wave of Steelhead on every rain event, which has diehard Steelhead anglers chomping at the bit to get on area rivers as they drop into shape following our current storm. Good luck!

    We are finally getting some rain and the rivers around the local area have definitely needed it.  Winter Steelhead have been slowly filtering into rivers all around the Northwest and this rain will help pump those numbers up.  Reports from this past week have been that folks are having success with pink worms, beads, bait and hardware.  Of course, all types of techniques can and will produce fish, however, picking your technique based on current river conditions will definitely get you pointed in the right direction.  With rivers on the rise and some of them going to blow out, there are going to be techniques that out-produce others.  Backtrolling plugs is a great way to find high water Steelhead.  Hot Shots, K11 Kwikfish, Mag Lips and Wiggle Warts are all great options. Sidedrifting and Bobberdoggin are both great options for those wanting to cover a lot of water productively.  Yarnies, Beads, Eggs and Prawns are all sound bait offerings when using these techniques.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has continued to be a great option around the local area with folks finding good success in the lower Willamette.  The slow, deep water of the Portland Harbor is a great place for Sturgeon to congregate and feed throughout the cold winter months as they don’t have to work hard to find their food.  Squid, Herring, Sand Shrimp and Smelt have all been good baits to use. If the Willamette continues to rise, anchor with caution and watch out for logs!

    Crabbing has been good all along the coast with fishermen reporting good success from Astoria and Tillamook.  Always be mindful of the weather this time of year as it is always changing and can be very temperamental. Bay crabbing typically slows for a short period following high water, but typically rebounds quickly once the bays have flushed.

    This week's wet weather should help out duck hunters as it more than likely will bring in new flocks of birds.  The heavy rains will help flood fields that have dried out. This should hopefully give birds more areas to congregate giving hunters increased opportunity.

    Trout fishing is always a great option and has been good for those that have been putting in the time.  Large bodies of water such as Henry Hagg Lake are great places to spend your time as they get heavily stocked throughout the year and will have larger numbers of hold-over fish.  Casting spinners, Spoons and Kastmasters are all good options when searching for fish.  Fishing bait either on the bottom or under a float are both good choices as well.  Those fishing from a boat will find good success trolling small Flatfish or Mag Lips as well as wedding rings with Nightcrawlers. Remember that most rivers are closed to trout fishing at this time, so lowland lakes will be your best bet. When in doubt, check the regs.

    Kokanee fishing is another good option for those wanting to get their boat out on the water chasing some fish.  As the lakes have cooled down substantially, the Kokanee have moved up in the water column, and even those without downriggers are having good success at catching these delicious little landlocked salmon.  Small Spin-N-Glos, Wiggle Hoochies, small spinners or wedding rings-all tipped with corn-will entice these fish.  Of course, having them on a short leader behind a dodger will drive these fish crazy!  Bring along your favorite box of scents and you will have the recipe for success.

    DIGS APPROVED!

    The following digs are approved:

    DECEMBER
    •December 23, Monday, 4:35 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

    •December 26, Thursday, 6:47 pm, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

    •December 27, Friday, 7:26 pm, -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

    •December 28, Saturday, 8:05 pm, -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

    •December 29, Sunday, 8:43 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

     

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

    Dec 20, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 12/12

    Customer Bob Vinje caught this awesome broodstock steelhead last season while fishing with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Dan Dieter. Winter Steelhead like this are beginning to show throughout the great Northwest, and fishing will only get better in the coming weeks. Visit any of our three stores and check out our killer selection of Steelhead gear, and be sure to speak to our Tackle Associates for tips and techniques on how to tie into your own winter chrome!  (Deet’s Guide Service: 503-842-1440.) Customer Bob Vinje caught this awesome broodstock steelhead last season while fishing with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Dan Dieter. Winter Steelhead like this are beginning to show throughout the great Northwest, and fishing will only get better in the coming weeks. Visit any of our three stores and check out our killer selection of Steelhead gear, and be sure to speak to our Tackle Associates for tips and techniques on how to tie into your own winter chrome!(Deet’s Guide Service: 503-842-1440.)

    Winter Steelhead fishing is just starting, with the first few fish being caught locally and at the coast. These fish are going to be coming in fresh from the ocean and ready to snap. Jigs, Pink worms, beads, spinners, spoons and bait will all work well as these fish aren’t overly picky. Getting a good presentation can make all of the difference, especially when the water is low. Folks that have been targeting Steelhead have been catching some late Coho this year. Now, the majority of them have been wild, but having action all day definitely makes for a fun day on the water. These fish have been biting pink worms, hardware and bait for most anglers.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been good for the anglers that have been targeting them. The slow water of the Portland Harbor has been producing well with anglers reporting constant action, once you find out where the fish are stacked up. Smelt, squid and sand shrimp have been some of the most productive baits this past week.

    All along the coast the crabbing continues to be productive, especially along the North Coast. Crabbers have been reporting good success with a lot of really nice keepers in the mix.

    Fishermen that have been spending some time along the jetties have been finding success as well. Greenling, Perch and Bass are just a few of the many types of Rockfish that inhabit these rocky structures. Sand shrimp fished along the bottom has been working well, especially for the Greenling and Perch. Another bait to try are the Berkley Gulp Sandworms. These baits work well for all Rockfish, however Perch and Greenling really love them. Curly tail grubs and spinners have been working well for anglers targeting Black Rockfish.

    Bottom fishing has been good for fishermen that have been heading out into the ocean. Lingcod and Rockfish have been in great numbers with a lot of anglers reporting boat limits. As always, check your local weather reports as well as the wind and wave reports. It’s always good to be fully prepared as the weather can change at the drop of a hat.
    Vertical jigs, P-Line Rock Cod rigs and large curly tail grubs have all been catching fish.

    Razor clamming at Long Beach and along the Oregon coast, from Seaside North, has been really good. The last opener at Long Beach folks reported great success with a lot of people taking their limits in 30 minutes! Currently there are Clam digs scheduled on various Washington Beaches through December 16th. Check @ any of our stores for details!

     

    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.
     

    Dec 13, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 12/5

    Now is the time to prepare gear and tie rigs for the upcoming Winter Steelhead run, where quality broodstock fish become a good possibility on local streams, like this awesome fish caught last season by Pro Staffer Chris V. (Chris V’s Guide Service: 503-349-1377.) Now is the time to prepare gear and tie rigs for the upcoming Winter Steelhead run, where quality broodstock fish become a good possibility on local streams, like this awesome fish caught last season by Pro Staffer Chris V. (Chris V’s Guide Service: 503-349-1377.)

    This is the time of year when catching Winter Steelhead becomes a real possibility!  Most local rivers will start to see their first few Winter Steelhead of the year and you never know what you may hook when chasing them.  All along the coast there are still some nice fall Chinook around and folks have also been catching some incidental wild Coho.  Targeting tailouts or walking speed runs will be great places to start looking for Winter Steelhead. Jigs, beads, bait or pink worms are all great choices for those that are wanting to use bobbers. Hardware is also a great way to find aggressive early Winter Steelhead. Blue Fox Spinners, Little Cleo’s and P-Line Pro-Steel Spoons are all great options when looking for the right hardware to use.  Once we get another shot of rain, look for more Steelhead to be caught.

    Catch and release sturgeon fishing has been great lately, with the Portland Harbor being a good place to spend a day chasing these prehistoric creatures.  Squid, herring, smelt and sand shrimp have all been producing at times. This time of year the fish can be finicky, so it often pays to have more than one type of bait at hand.

    Crabbing has been good for those that have been making the drive to the coast.  Tillamook, Nehalem and Astoria have all been producing nice fat keepers.  The lack of rain has made for some great crabbing! Netarts Bay has also been productive as of late.

    Bottom fishing has been a good choice for anglers looking to fill their freezers with delicious fish when conditions allow.  Lingcod and Rock Fish have both been caught in good numbers with anglers reporting good success from Astoria all the way down to Coos Bay.  P-Line Rock Cod Rigs, large curly tail grubs and vertical jigs have all been producing well.

    Jetty fishing has been good with anglers reporting good success when targeting Rock Fish, Perch and Greenling.  The Lingcod fishing hasn’t been as good, however, the possibility of catching a monster Ling off the rocks is always a real possibility.  Sand shrimp and white curly tail grubs have been the most popular options lately.  Crabbing has also been good off the jetties, with reports of some folks catching limits of fat Dungeness Crab.

    Trout fishing has been good for anglers wanting to spend a day on the lake.  Trolling is always a great choice as it’s an easy way to cover some ground and find the schools of biters.  Mag Lips, Flatfish, wedding rings or small spinners will all produce well for you.  Bank anglers will do well fishing bobbers and bait or casting small Rooster Tails along the shorelines.

    Kokanee fishing has been good, especially up at Merwin lake.  Merwin is such a big body of water that folks can spread out and fish by themselves all day long.  The Kokanee have moved up in the water column which makes it nice for folks that aren’t using downriggers to target these delicious land-locked Salmon.  Small Spin-N-Glos, wiggle hoochies, small spinners or wedding rings will all work when trolled behind a dodger.  Shoepeg corn and a few of your favorite scents will be all you need when trying to decide what bait to use.

     

    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.

    Dec 09, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 11/28

    Thanksgiving is the traditional kickoff to Winter Steelhead season in the incredible Pacific Northwest. Will this be the year that you reach the coveted 20-lb benchmark? Visit the Tackle Department of any of our three stores for tips, techniques and gear, and we’ll be happy to help you reach that goal. Fish on! Thanksgiving is the traditional kickoff to Winter Steelhead season in the incredible Pacific Northwest. Will this be the year that you reach the coveted 20-lb benchmark? Visit the Tackle Department of any of our three stores for tips, techniques and gear, and we’ll be happy to help you reach that goal. Fish on!

    This past week we had a little bit of rain and then the start of a large cold front that has come in and is dropping river temperatures and river heights.  These conditions can make fishing tough if you are not prepared for them.  However, having a game plan can really help increase your odds.  Most rivers have chinook, coho and a few early winter steelhead in them so you never know what you may hook!  Small baits of eggs, jigs or beads are all stealthy presentations that can be utilized in low water conditions.  Lighter leader can definitely help and using fluorocarbon can be a game changer.  Spinners and spoons will work well with the colder water temps, sometimes fish need an invasive presentation to “wake them up”.  Try to focus your efforts on "walking speed" water where fish can get a reprieve from the current, since water temps have gotten cold.

    Along the coast crabbing has continued to be good with crabbers reporting hefty keepers coming out of Tillamook and Nehalem bays.  The lack of rain helps crabbing as we have less fresh water entering the bay which is actually more inviting for the crab.

    Razor clamming has been very good from Seaside up through Long Beach.  WDFW has set their most recent season for November 24th through November 30th, and folks that have been heading to Long Beach are finding quick limits of tasty razor clams.

    Fishing along the jetties has also been productive for anglers.  Greenling, lingcod, seabass and a variety of perch all inhabit the many jetties along the coast.  Fishing sand shrimp off the bottom can be one of the most productive ways to catch perch and greenling, while fishing white curly tail grubs is a crowd favorite for lingcod and seabass.  Don’t forget to bring along a few Danielson folding crab traps and cast out a few crab rods as well.  It can be a super fun and productive way to add crab to the dinner menu!

    Trout fishing is an option all around the region and trout will still be active even through these cold spells.  Fishing bait is always a great option as trout will definitely need to feed through these colder time periods. Spoons, spinners and plugs will all work, at times as, trout may need a reaction type bait to snap them into biting.  Larger bodies of water are a good place to spend your time, such as Hagg Lake.  These lakes take longer to cool down and also get heavily stocked throughout the year. Most rivers and streams are closed to trout fishing at this time, so focus your attention on lower elevation lakes and ponds, when in doubt check the regulations for the water you intend to fish.

    Kokanee fishing is often an overlooked fishery this time of year.  Locally, Merwin lake has been kicking out some very nice quality fish and in good numbers too!  Colder temps bring the fish closer to the surface which makes it easier for folks that aren’t using downriggers to target these delicious fish.  Fishing your favorite dodger with either a small spin-n-glo, wiggle hootchie, wedding ring or small spinner behind it will all produce strikes.  Of course, tipping your baits with shoepeg corn is a must and having several scent options on board will definitely tip the odds in your favor.

    Catch and release sturgeon fishing has been quite good in the Portland Harbor area of the Willamette, with lots of quality fish being caught.  Bring a boat full of food, a nice heater and some good bait and you are set for a fun day on the water.  Squid, smelt, sand shrimp and herring have all been productive lately.

     

    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.

    Nov 29, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 11/21

    With Thanksgiving as the traditional start to Winter Steelhead season here in the awesome Pacific Northwest, the fish should start showing up any day now. Will you be ready to do battle with a bruiser like this phenomenal brood stock Steelhead caught last season by customer Ron Laughlin while fishing with Fisherman’s Pro Guide Ted Teufel? With Thanksgiving as the traditional start to Winter Steelhead season here in the awesome Pacific Northwest, the fish should start showing up any day now. Will you be ready to do battle with a bruiser like this phenomenal brood stock Steelhead caught last season by customer Ron Laughlin while fishing with Fisherman’s Pro Guide Ted Teufel?

    Coastal Fall Chinook is still a viable option, and with the lack of rain, we may be in for a great late Chinook fishery this year.  These hard-fighting salmon are staging in bays and in the ocean, still waiting on the rain we have been desperately needing.  There are still fish being caught in these areas and we should get one more solid push of fish once we get the rain.  There will definitely still be a mixture of late Coho mixed in with them, so don’t be surprised if you hook a few of those acrobatic salmon as well.  In the bay, trolling herring with lead or 360° flashers with small spinners have been the go-to techniques, while in the rivers it’s a little different game.  Pulling KwikfishFlatfish or Mag Lips is a great option, as is bobber fishing eggs and shrimp.  Both techniques have stood the test of time and are still very good choices when chasing these fish in the river.

    B-Run coho are still flushing into Southwest Washington rivers and will continue for a few more weeks. Twitching jigs, Wiggle Warts, Brad’s Wigglers and Blue Fox spinners are all perfect choices when searching for these chrome Coho.  Once you find them, if they stop biting those techniques, switching over to fishing eggs under a bobber or drift fishing bait are good tactics to scratch a few more fish.

    Don’t be surprised if you hook a Steelhead while chasing Coho or Chinook this time of year.  These fish all tend to sit in similar places and sometime a brand new Winter Steelhead just can’t resist the wiggle of a K15 Kwikfish or a Summer Steelhead can’t hold back when it sees a Blue Fox spinners come flying in front of it.  These Steelhead can be super aggressive so always be ready for the possibility of a November Winter Steelhead.

    Bottom fishing all along the coast continues to be productive with anglers reporting great success targeting lingcod.  The fishing has been fast and furious for some anglers so don’t be surprised if you end up catching your limit early.  That’s another great reason to bring along some crab pots to soak while you are headed out to the bottom fish grounds.  Sometimes all it takes is one drop with a few pots and you have your crab limit as well as your bottom fish limit.

    Jetty fishing this time of the year can be quite good and with the mild weather we’ve been having the jetty has been a fun place to be.  Anglers have reported success catching Rockfish, Greenling and various types of Perch, with an occasional lingcod mixed in.  Most anglers will fish with a lead head jig and a medium size curly tail grub in either white, green or root beer colors.  Another great technique to try is to fish sand shrimp off the bottom.  Try and get your gear to rest on the sandy bottom where the rocks meet the sand.  Once you find the sweet spot, the action can be fast paced.  Crabbing is also a great option off a jetty.  All you need is a heavy-duty spinning rod and a couple of Crab Hawk folding crab traps and you are in business.  You can cast out the crab rods, let them sit, and catch fish while you are waiting.  It’s a great way to spend a day at the coast.

    Fall Trout fishing can be a real treat, especially when we have a nice break in the weather.  Locally, Henry Hagg Lake is a great option as it was heavily stocked this year and the Trout are feeding heavily for the cold winter months.  Bait is always a great option, especially for those that are bank fishing.  For those that have a boat, trolling is a great option.  Small Flatfish, Mag Lips or wedding rings are all great options as well as casting spinners or spoons along shorelines.

    Razor clamming last week was phenomenal with the low tides that we had.  Look for WDFW to set more dates for Long Beach razor clamming.  Oregon allows razor clamming every day and therefore you always have an option for razor clams when the tides get low enough.  Focus your efforts from Seaside north.

     

    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.

    Nov 22, 2019 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report