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  • Outdoor Report 6/25

    Fisherman's Marine & Outdoor customer Aaron Trullinger with a keeper White Sturgeon from the Willamette River during last weekends retention day! There is (1) more retention day set for this Saturday July 27th, 2020. Nice fish Aaron and congrats! Fisherman's Marine & Outdoor customer Aaron Trullinger with a keeper White Sturgeon from the Willamette River during last weekends retention day! There is (1) more retention day set for this Saturday July 27th, 2020. Nice fish Aaron and congrats!

    Spring Chinook are still being caught in the lower Willamette River, with anglers reporting the best success trolling 360° flashers with small 3.5 size spinnersBrad’s Super Baits and Superbait Cut Plugs have been working as well. Some anglers are still catching them on small herring rigged with a Dick's Sure Spin Herring Helmet.

    Shad fishing is starting to wind down but there are still plenty to be caught.  These aggressive and plentiful fish are caught on the Willamette as well as the Columbia.  Small, bright-colored jig heads, Dick-Nites, Baby Simons and curly tail grubs are all great choices when picking out Shad gear.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing in the lower Willamette has been decent with anglers reporting the best success from the Portland Harbor area.  Last Saturday’s keeper Sturgeon day was good for those looking to have some action.  Although keeper size fish were harder to come by, there were still some quality fish caught.  Down in Astoria, the catch and release Sturgeon Fishing has been very good.  This is a super fun fishery that is action packed with amazingly hard-fighting fish that like to get air born in the shallow water.  Squid, Sand Shrimp and Anchovies are all great baits.

    Crabbing has been good for those putting in their time.  With this sunny weather we have been having, there is no better way to spend a family day than crabbing in Tillamook or Nehalem bay.

    Clamming has been great for Oregon residents.  These last few sets of low tides have been really productive for the beaches North of Seaside.

    Surf Perch fishing has been good for anglers, and with the nice weather arriving the ocean should calm down, making for better surf and better Perch fishing.  Small Berkley Gulp Sandworms, Sand Shrimp and clam necks are all killer Surf Perch baits.

    Bottom fishing remains excellent with reports of big Lingcod being caught daily.  Rockfish are also on the menu with reports of full limits for a lot of anglers.  Large curly tail grubs and vertical jigs have been working the best for Lingcod, with Rock Cod Rigs and Shrimp flies taking the majority of the Rockfish.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing has been excellent in the Columbia with virtually every bay, backwater channel or rocky outcropping being plugged with aggressive Smallmouth.  These fun to catch fish are winding down with the spawn, and with the Columbia slowly warming up, you will see the fish slide back down into slightly deeper waters.  Tubes, Jigs, Senkos and Spinnerbaits are all great bait choices.

    Trout fishing remains great, and with the warmer weather, most high mountain lakes are now accessible.  This time of year can be one of the best times to catch trophy trout.  These fish have wintered over in the lake and are now aggressively feeding.  Trolling small Flatfish or  Mag Lips is still a deadly technique, while casting spinners or spoons is another awesome choice. Bait under a float or fished off of the bottom will always be a good option and can be a perfect choice when teaching new anglers.

    Kokanee fishing has been a consistently good option.  These delicious land locked Salmon are still schooled up and aggressive.  Anglers have reported that trolling small spinner blades or bright-colored hoochies tipped with corn has been a go-to technique. Stacking your gear in the water column will help you find the consistent depth that they are suspended and will increase your odds immensely.

    Walleye fishing in the Columbia River from Portland all the way up to the Oregon/Washington border has been good.  These fish prefer to be in even bottomed areas which are tailor-made for trolling bottom walkers with worm harnesses.  Spin-n-Glos and spinner blades are several of the many great options that folks design their worm harness rigs with.

    Jun 26, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 6/18

    DAVE ENG ASSISTED FISHERMAN'S MARINE & OUTDOOR CUSTOMER RACHEL MORRISON WITH LANDING HER FIRST EVER SPRING CHINOOK SALMON! THE WILLAMETTE RIVER IS STILL KICKING OUT GREAT FISH. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? NICE FISH GUYS! DAVE ENG ASSISTED FISHERMAN'S MARINE & OUTDOOR CUSTOMER RACHEL MORRISON WITH LANDING HER FIRST EVER SPRING CHINOOK SALMON! THE WILLAMETTE RIVER IS STILL KICKING OUT GREAT FISH. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
    NICE FISH GUYS!

    Willamette River. Please check this link https://bit.ly/2V3oVpT before going, make sure it is still on. Fishery managers will review the harvest estimates of the earlier retention day to ensure enough fish are left in the quota to continue on the 27th. For more information about bag limits and other details, refer to link above.

    Spring Chinook fishing in the Willamette continues to be a viable option as anglers are finding success trolling 360° flashers with small 3.5 size spinners or Brad's Super Baits.  Tillamook Bay has been putting out some nice Spring Chinook as well.  Folks have been catching them trolling 360 flashers with small 3.5 size spinners as well as trolling triangle flashers with a plug-cut green label herring.  Most all of the Willamette River tributaries have Spring Chinook in them, and anglers are finding success backtrolling divers and bait or smaller size Kwikfish and Mag Lips.  Back bouncing eggs is always a popular option as well as bobber fishing eggs and shrimp.

    Summer Steelhead have been filtering into the Columbia River as well as lower Columbia River tributaries.  On the Columbia, anglers find success fishing from the boat as well as the bank.  Coon Stripe Shrimp, Prawns and Sand Shrimp are all great baits for Summers.  Small plugs like Mag Lips, Wiggle Warts, Hot Shots and Kwikfish are a few of the great options when choosing plugs.  Bank anglers find success plunking Shrimp, Prawns or Coon Stripe Shrimp behind Spin-n-Glos.  In the tributaries these techniques work well, however anglers spend a bit more time casting jigs and floats, casting spinners and spoons or drift fishing bait.

    Shad fishing on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers has been great!  With over 2 million Shad already over Bonneville the time is now if you are wanting to fill your freezer with killer Sturgeon or Crab bait.  Bright colored Shad darts, curly tail grubs or small spoons like Dick Nites or Baby Simons are all great choices when picking out terminal tackle.

    Kokanee fishing has continued to be a great option for anglers with quality fish close to the Portland Metro area.  Anglers are still finding success trolling at multiple depths to narrow down just exactly where the Kokanee are at on that specific day.  Wiggle Hoochies, small Spin-n-Glos, bright colored hoochies and small Spinner Blades are just a few of the options that anglers have when it comes to Kokanee terminal tackle.  Always tip your gear with Shoepeg corn and bring a long a few popular scents to try as occasionally Kokanee can switch off the bite and a new scent can be all you need to switch it back on.

    Trout fishing has been great throughout the Northwest part of the state.  Virtually all lakes have had some sort of trout stocking and fish are just waiting to be caught.  High mountain lakes have started to become accessible and are being stocked.  These lakes typically have a little larger grade of fish as they will have trout that wintered over and have put on some extra weight.  Casting spinners or trolling plugs will usually help you hook the larger trout as they sometimes take a little more flashy and large bait to bite.  Of course, bobber fishing worms or shrimp will be a great producing option, as well as bait in the bottom.  Don’t forget flies! Sometimes, when you see those epic bug hatches on the lake and you can’t figure out what the trout want, fly fishing will be your best option.  When these hatches do take place, trout will lose all inhibition and specifically key in on what is hatching at the time.  This is when fly fishing outshines all other techniques.

    Bottom fishing has been great recently.  Weather permitting, anglers have been finding some big Lingcod and a nice grade of rockfish as well.  These fish are caught on several different presentations however large curly tail grubs, vertical jigs and shrimp flies have been the three best rigs.  As always check the weather and wave report before heading out into the ocean.

    Clamming will be good this coming weekend with minus tides. Bay clamming has been great in Netarts and at the Coastguard Station in Tillamook while Razor clamming in Seaside and up through Gearhart has been a great option as well.

    Ocean Salmon Season opens June 20th from Leadbetter Point Washington to Cape Falcon Oregon. There are separate opening dates for Coho so please check ODFW for specific seasons and bag limits https://bit.ly/3fKPK9Z

    Camping has opened in many places across Oregon.  Some areas have a few restrictions while others are fully operational.  Either way, early summer is one of the best times of the year to go camping as the evenings are still cool and daytime temps haven’t reached the 80-degree mark yet.  Campfires usually haven’t been restricted and most lakes have been freshly stocked.

     

    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 19, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 6/11

    Fisherman’s own Kimberly Shervey recently fished with future Fisherman’s hall-of-famer, Connor Taplin, to catch this awesome Willamette River Spring Chinook. Nice catch, team! Fisherman’s own Kimberly Shervey recently fished with future Fisherman’s hall-of-famer, Connor Taplin, to catch this awesome Willamette River Spring Chinook. Nice catch, team!

    Spring Chinook fishermen are still finding success in the Willamette River while trolling 360° flashers  and either small 3.5 size spinners or Brad's Super Baits  stuffed with tuna or herring.  Targeting fish that are suspended in the water column has been the most common practice.  An hour before and after tide change has been where the best bites have been happening.

    Summer Steelhead are starting to get caught in Oregon and Southwest Washington.  These chromers are typically very good biters and like to get as much air time as possible once hooked.  Coon Stripe Shrimp, Sand Shrimp, spinners, jigs and plugs are all very effective options when targeting these fish.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been good in the lower Willamette and this is also the time of year when fishermen will travel to Astoria and fish in the estuary for these very aggressive fish.  Down in the estuary, these fish like to get airborne once hooked, and provide great action for anglers of all skill levels.  Herring, Anchovies and Sand Shrimp are all great baits this time of year.

    Shad fishing has been great for anglers on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.  These fish are great biters and when you catch one, you typically find a whole lot more with it.  This is another great fishery for anglers of all skill levels as the bites are typically fast and furious, giving folks plenty of opportunity.

    Bottom fishing has been great for anglers when the ocean has allowed.  Lingcod limits have been common and some really big fish in the mix.  Of course, there are plenty of other Rockfish to be caught.  Large curly tail grubs, vertical jigs and Rock Cod Rigs have been the top producers.

    Crabbing has been productive for folks in Tillamook and Nehalem Bays.  When you head for the bay, especially when the weather is nice, you are sure to have a fun time that the whole family can be involved in.

    Razor clamming in Oregon has been good for residents.  This last set of low tides was productive for folks from Seaside north.

    Kokanee fishing has been very good for local anglers.  Merwin Lake has been producing well with lots of anglers reporting quick limits.  Small spinner blades, small Spin-n-Glos, and bright colored hoochies have been the best producing rigs.  Tipping them with Shoepeg corn has been a must and adding scent has been a good bet as well. Both Krill and Bloody Tuna have been productive scents.

    Trout fishing continues to be good for anglers all across the state.  Lots of high mountain lakes have started to receive their plants of trout and will start to fish really well in the coming weeks.  Spinners, Plugs and bait have all been working well.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing has been great for anglers fishing the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.  These fish have moved into the shallow bays and coves that make up the mighty Columbia.  These fish are aggressive and willingly strike tubes, Senkos, Crankbaits and even top water plugs, in the right conditions.

     

    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 19, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 6/4

    Fisherman’s Hall of Famer, LeAnn Reardon, with an awesome Surf Perch caught recently on a Berkley Gulp Sandworm, available at Fisherman’s. Nice catch, LeAnn! Fisherman’s Hall of Famer, LeAnn Reardon, with an awesome Surf Perch caught recently on a Berkley Gulp Sandworm, available at Fisherman’s. Nice catch, LeAnn!

    Spring Chinook continue to be caught throughout the Willamette River, even as river temps continue to climb.  These fish seem to be keying in on 360° flashers with either small, 3.5 size spinners or Brad's Super Baits.  Fish are still suspended and the best bites have been an hour before and an hour after tide change.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing in the Willamette has been getting better every week.  These fish like to escape some of the heavy Columbia River flows this time of year.  Shad, Herring, Squid and Sand Shrimp have all been working really well.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing has been heating up for Willamette and Columbia River anglers.  Fish have moved into the shallower water near shorelines and into back coves.  Tubes, Senkos, Jigs and lipless crankbaits have all been working well.

    Trout fishing has been productive at the majority of the lakes around the region.  These fish are being  stocked regularly and anglers are having success on a multitude of techniques.  Bait under bobbers or fished off the bottom is always a productive technique.  Casting spinners, spoons or Kastmasters has been working well, as has trolling Mag Lips, Flatfish and Wedding Rings.

    Kokanee fishing has also been good.  Anglers have been finding success trolling Wedding Rings, Bright Colored Hoochies, Small Spin-n-Glos and Brad's Cut Plugs.  Tipping them with Shoepeg Corn is a must.  Scents can really up your catch rate; Bloody Tuna and Krill have been working well.

    Bottom fishing has been great for those making the drive to the coast.  Lingcod have been on the large size and have been biting well. Bass and other Rockfish have also been plentiful.  Large Curly Tail Grubs, Vertical jigs and Rock Cod Rigs have been the best bets for terminal gear.

    Surf Perch Fishing has been good for surf anglers.  With last week's morning low tides, anglers found success targeting perch all throughout the incoming tide.  Sand Shrimp, Clam Necks and Berkley Gulp Sandworms have been choice baits.

    Razor Clamming was excellent last week from Seaside North.  Folks found good size clams and fast limits during the morning digs.

    It’s free fishing weekend this coming weekend, June 6th and 7th.  Anglers can enjoy targeting fish, crabs and clams in Oregon. Washington will also allow anglers to fish but note Halibut and Razor Clam harvest is closed.  That’s no license, no tag, no endorsement needed. All other fishing regulations / bag limits still apply. Please check ODFW and/or WDFW for your local regulations and verify which locations are open.

    Free Fishing Weekend
    Oregon: 
    https://bit.ly/3eS0ovl 
     
    Washington:
    https://bit.ly/2UeFQVM

     

    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 05, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 5/28

    As access to our waterways continues to gradually open back up, opportunity for awesome fish like this Timothy Lake Rainbow becomes a real possibility! Be sure to check out our killer selection of trout gear at all Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor locations. Fish on! As access to our waterways continues to gradually open back up, opportunity for awesome fish like this Timothy Lake Rainbow becomes a real possibility! Be sure to check out our killer selection of trout gear at all Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor locations. Fish on!

    Spring Chinook fishing has continued to be an option for anglers throughout the region.  The Willamette has been kicking out fresh springers still, with the biggest portion of fish coming from the Portland Harbor and Multnomah Channel.  These fish are being caught by trolling 360° flashers with small spinners or Brad's Super Baits stuffed with tuna.  Folks are fishing high in the water column to avoid getting hung up on the Willamette's snaggy bottom, and, because the fish tend to run suspended a lot of the time throughout the Portland Harbor area.

    Spring Chinook Fishing has been rather slow in Tillamook so far, but should get better soon. Folks that are putting in their time are finding a few biters fishing herring and flashers, or,  360° flashers and small spinners.

    Bottom fishing has been really good for those that can make it over the bar.  The ocean has been putting out lots of great size Lingcod and Rockfish for anglers from Astoria to Coos Bay.  Rock Cod Rigs, large curly tail grubs, Vertical jigs and Shrimp Flies have all been working well.

    Crabbing has been good in Tillamook and Nehalem Bay, with folks reporting nice size crab that are readily available.

    Surf Perch fishing is in full swing!  These tasty fish are on every beach you can imagine, although some beaches may be better than others.  Sand Shrimp, Clam Necks and Berkley Gulp Sandworms all will work.

    Kokanee fishing has been really good lately and will only get better.  Anglers have been doing well trolling dodgers with Wiggle Hoochies, Brad's Kokanee Cut Plugs, small Spin-N-Glos or small spinners.  Tipping these rigs with Shoepeg corn is a must and adding your favorite scent can really up your catch rate.

    Trout fishing has still been great locally and we should start to see some of the high mountain lakes start to get their first plants of the season.  Fishing for freshly stocked trout can be a great way to get young anglers into the outdoors and into fishing.  Fast- paced action coupled with nice weather can really make for a fun way to spend the day.  Bobber and bait, or bait fished off of the bottom, are two of the best ways to catch these fish.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing is starting to heat up and the Bass have already started to move in shallow, getting ready for the spawn.  Senkos, tubes, crankbaits and spinnerbaits are all great baits to use for these aggressive fish.

    Shad fishing is heating up and anglers are finding great success on the Willamette as well as the Columbia.  These aggressive fish tend to run relatively close to shore and love to attack small, shiny offerings.  Dick-Nites, Baby Simons, Shad Darts, bright grubs and even bright beads all will work.  Some anglers will back troll for them, some will anchor fish and lots of folks will cast for them from shore.  Anyway you go about it, success is usually found.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been getting good in the lower Willamette, Portland Harbor area.  These fish stack up in deep holes and with very little current they are a lot of fun to fight.  Shad, Sand Shrimp, Squid and Herring have all been working.

     

    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.

    May 29, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 5/21

    Summer Steelhead have begun to return to the Columbia River and many of its tributaries. Got MagLips? Summer Steelhead have begun to return to the Columbia River and many of its tributaries. Got Mag Lips?

    Spring Chinook fishing continues to be an great option for anglers on the Willamette as well as Drano Lake and Wind River.  Anglers have reported that trolling has been by far the most productive technique with more anglers switching over to 360° flashers and small 3.5 size spinners.  In the Drano Lake and Wind River fisheries, anglers are a bit more diverse, with some trolling Magnum Wiggle Warts, some trolling herring, some trolling 360 flashers and some anglers are even bobber fishing.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing in the lower Willamette River has been progressively getting better.  Anglers are finding success targeting the deepest areas in and around the St. John’s bridge.  Squid, Herring, Sand Shrimp and Shad have all been good bait choices.

    Shad fishing has started and anglers are reporting great success in the lower Columbia as well as the Multnomah Channel.   Most folks tend to anchor up, although back trolling for them certainly works well. These fish tend to run on the shallower side and finding current seams is an easy place to start when looking for Shad.  Dick Nites, Baby Simons, Shad darts, and small curly tail grubs work great. Shad fishing on the Willamette River near Oregon City is also off to a strong start.

    Kokanee fishing has been great for those making the trek up to Merwin Lake. Kokanee are steadily getting deeper in the water column as the water and weather continue to warm up.  Bright colored hoochies, small Spin-N-Glos, and small spinner blades all tipped with Shoepeg corn have been working well.  Vary your depths to find where the biters are and move your gear accordingly once you find them.

    Trout fishing remains solid throughout the region.  Anglers are finding success at most local lakes since ODFW has diligently been stocking them with trout.  Bait is always a great option for anglers as it’s easy to get a bobber and worm rigged and handed to a young angler.  Newly stocked Trout are usually very snappy and respond well to most techniques, especially bait and spinners.

    Crabbing has now opened back up for residents as well as nonresidents, south of Cape Falcon.  Crabbing should be pretty good and is always a great way to spend a sunny coastal day with the family.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing has gotten a lot better over the last week.  Anglers are starting to see Bass move into the shallow water and back into the many coves that make up the shoreline of the Columbia and Willamette.  Tubes, Senkos, lipless crankbaits, shallow diving crankbaits and spinnerbaits are some of the many options that anglers can choose from when chasing these hard fighting fish.

     

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

    May 22, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 4/30

    Spring Chinook? Summer Steelhead? Trout? Sturgeon? Bass? Rockfish? Lingcod? Walleye? Yes, we’ve reached that point on the Pacific Northwest Angling Calendar when it gets tough to decide which direction to point the truck or boat. Fish on! Spring Chinook? Summer Steelhead? Trout? Sturgeon? Bass? Rockfish? Lingcod? Walleye? Yes, we’ve reached that point on the Pacific Northwest Angling Calendar when it gets tough to decide which direction to point the truck or boat. Fish on!

    The dogwoods are blooming and Spring Chinook are being caught throughout the Willamette River! A lot of folks are starting to switch over to trolling 360° flashers with small 3.5 spinners.  However, don’t count out the small Brad’s Kokanee Cut Plugs or Original Super Baits.  All three of these bait choices work really well behind the wide swing of a 360° flasher.  With that said, there are definitely still fishermen that are trolling triangle flashers with Herring or Prawns and finding success.  These fish will continue to enter the Willamette through June, providing plenty of opportunity for anglers.  Up near Oregon City, fishermen are finding success trolling 360° flashers, vertically jigging, back trolling and back bouncing.

    Summer Steelhead are slowly making their way into a good portion of the local tributaries.   These fish are fresh from the ocean and full of aggression.  There’s nothing quite like the leaping ability and stamina of these beautiful fish.  They will bite virtually any technique thrown at them but love to hit plugs, spinners and jigs.

    Willamette River catch and release Sturgeon fishing has been a little bit better with folks finding success down in the Portland Harbor.  These fish have been favoring Herring, Sand Shrimp, Squid and Smelt.  Bringing along a variety of scents can also be very beneficial as the slow waters of the harbor can make for finicky fish at times. Reminder that the Willamette closes to Sturgeon angling on May 1st from the falls to the Lake Oswego/Oak Grove Railroad Bridge.

    Smallmouth bass fishing has slowly been getting better.  With the nice weather and the warming river temps the fish are starting to get active and make their way towards the shallows.  This fishery will greatly improve as the water temps continue to rise.  Jigs, tubes and deep diving crankbaits are all great bait options this time of year.

    Trout fishing continues to be good and we have had reports from quite a few lakes that the trout are active as the lakes have warmed up a little bit making for a great trout bite.  Spinners, Kastmasters, plugs and Wedding Rings have all been producing for those fishing from their boats.  Bank anglers have been finding success fishing bobbers and bait, especially in the early hours of the day. Some anglers have also been fishing the bubble and fly technique and having decent success.

    Great news!  All Washington State freshwater fisheries will open under standard regulations May 5, as will Puget Sound saltwater fisheries (Marine Areas 5-13), except for halibut, shrimp, and inter-tidal shellfish harvesting, which remain closed statewide. Coastal saltwater fishing and shellfish harvesting in marine areas 1-4, including coastal clam digs, will also remain closed in consultation with local health departments.  Local hunting for turkey and spring bear will open on May 5, and the spring bear season will be extended until June 30.

    Kokanee fishing at Lake Merwin should be good when it re-opens as there hasn’t been any pressure for quite awhile.  These fish should be schooled up now and once you find a few biters, the action should be pretty fast.  Small Spin-N-Glos, Wiggle Hoochies, small spinner blades and Brad’s Kokanee Cut Plugs all will work well.  Bring a few of your favorite scents to try if the bite slows.

    Trout fishing in Washington should also be quite good.  WDFW has continued to stock local lakes even through the closure.  These fish should be just as snappy as the ones planted in Oregon so picking your favorite technique and sticking with it should produce well for most anglers.  Bait under a bobber is always a great option as is trolling Wedding Rings tipped with a little bit of nightcrawler.

     

    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.

    May 01, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 4/23

    Customer Alex Laing caught this awesome Willamette River Spring Chinook this past Tuesday and promptly entered it into our Springer Derby. The 18.25-pound chromer hit a 3.5 Hildebrandt spinner behind a Pro Troll Flasher. Nice job, Alex! The Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor Spring Chinook Derby runs now through June 30th, with a variety of awesome prizes provided by P Line, Okuma and Beckman Nets--three great sponsors that are always giving back to the sport fishing community! Customer Alex Laing caught this awesome Willamette River Spring Chinook this past Tuesday and promptly entered it into our Springer Derby. The 18.25-pound chromer hit a 3.5 Hildebrandt spinner behind a Pro Troll Flasher. Nice job, Alex! The Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor Spring Chinook Derby runs now through June 30th, with a variety of awesome prizes provided by P Line, Okuma and Beckman Nets--three great sponsors that are always giving back to the sport fishing community!

    Spring Chinook fishing has been going well on the Willamette with fish being caught throughout the system. Folks fishing the Multnomah Channel and Portland Harbor are finding success trolling triangle flashers with herring or prawns. They are also using 360° flashers with spinners, Brad’s Super Baits and even Prawn Spinners. These fish suspend off the bottom when fishing the Portland Harbor area. However, down in the Channel the game can be a little different. Yes, people will catch fish while fishing suspended, however, some of the best fishermen in this area find where the submerged pilings, logs and debris are and work the bottom around them. Herring would be the most popular option down there, although some folks do have great success with Prawn Spinners. The next big congregation of fishermen will be up near Oregon City. These fish are caught on almost any technique you can imagine. The most popular method is to backtroll or backbounce an egg and shrimp cocktail. Sand shrimp is also effective here, as well as prawns. Fishermen right below the falls will still be backtrolling, though vertical jigging has also become a very popular and effective technique. Using a 2-4 oz jig and fishing it suspended up off the bottom is the basic set-up for vertical jigging. As the the water continues to warm up you will start to see a lot of fishermen trolling 360° flashers and small 3.5 size spinners. This fishery stays good for awhile, especially with the addition of some more rain.

    Summer Steelhead are trickling in to most local tributaries. These fish are usually very aggressive and can be easy to catch, once you find out where they are in the system. Spinners and spoons are a fun way to catch these fish as they tend to strike hardware viciously. Backtrolling plugs or bait divers is another great technique. When backtrolling both of these you run the real possibility of catching a Spring Chinook or Summer Steelhead. Jigs, worms, bait and beads all work as well as they do for Winter Steelhead and will allow anglers, especially folks that are bank bound, to cover a lot of ground quickly.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing is a great option as well. Especially when the weather is nice! The slow, deep water of the Portland Harbor makes for prime sturgeon habitat and is a great place to start your day when looking to hook a few of these prehistoric dinosaurs. Smelt, Herring, Squid and Sand Shrimp all work well.

    Smallmouth Bass fishing is getting started and will only improve as the weather gets nicer and the water temps on the Willamette start to rise. The Bass right now will typically be found along rocky drop offs and ledges that the fish will hang on while they prepare to spawn. But as soon as you see the water temps start to rise, look for these hard fighting fish to move into the shallow shorelines. Pre-Spawn Smallmouth fishing is as fun as it gets and when you start to key in on what they want the bites start coming one after another. Deep diving crankbaits, jigs and soft plastics are great choices when probing for deep water Smallies. As they move in shallow, tubes, Senkos and lipless crankbaits are just a few of the great bait options.

    Trout fishing has been a fun option for anglers wanting a fishery that is a bit more peaceful and outside of the city limits. ODFW has continued to plant trout all across the state, giving anglers a great opportunity to get out on the water and to be able to introduce young anglers to the sport. Not to mention, it can be a great way to spend the afternoon with your family on the water. Trolling small Mag Lips, Flatfish or Wedding Rings tipped with a nightcrawler will all produce strikes. Bank fishermen can rely on bait fished under a bobber or bait fished off of the bottom to help them catch their limits. Casting Rooster Tails or Kastmasters will also work extremely well. It’s always a good idea to head to the lake with a few different options as each day the fish can want something completely different.

     

    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.

    Apr 24, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 4/16

    Spring Chinook angling on the Willamette River has been fair, but as we reach peak run timing over the next few weeks more fish should be headed our way—like this gorgeous chromer caught earlier this week on the boat of Pro Staffer Chris Vertopoulos.   (Chris V’s Guide Service: 503-349-1377.) Spring Chinook angling on the Willamette River has been fair, but as we reach peak run timing over the next few weeks more fish should be headed our way—like this gorgeous chromer caught earlier this week on the boat of Pro Staffer Chris Vertopoulos.
    (Chris V’s Guide Service: 503-349-1377.)

    Spring Chinook fishing is well underway all through the lower Willamette.  Fishermen have been reporting success from the lower Multnomah Channel all the way up to Oregon City.  Techniques really depend on where in the river you are fishing.  In the lower harbor and Multnomah Channel, fishermen are typically trolling herring, prawn spinners, small 3.5 spinners or even plugs.  These fish will typically be suspended up off of the bottom, so staggering your depths until you find where they are can pay dividends.  Folks that are up near the falls target these fish in a lot of different ways.  You will find people vertically jigging, back bouncing, bobber fishing, backtrolling, anchor fishing and in some areas, trolling herring or spinners.  Often the Spring Chinook on the Willamette really like to bite during tide changes.  So be mindful of when in the day that happens and look for a flurry of biters.

    The winter steelhead season has definitely been winding down.  Now, some folks have still been finding some quality fish around as well as some summer steelhead.  These early summer fish are typically great biters.  A lot of the time they are not very picky and will strike most presentations.  With this warm weather we’ve been having, the water temps are getting warmer and hardware or plugs will start to become extremely effective bait choices.  Not to mention that you may very well pick up an aggressive Spring Chinook with both of these techniques.

    Catch and release Sturgeon fishing in the lower Willamette is still a viable option.  These giants love the slow flows of the Portland Harbor area and you can typically find sturgeon congregated in the deeper areas between the St. Johns bridge and Fred’s Marina.  Sand shrimp, Smelt, Herring and Squid are all great bait choices right now.

    Trout fishing has been good for those that have been poking around the local ponds and lakes that surround the Portland Metro area.  ODFW is still withholding when and where they are stocking trout to keep the crowds down and allow social distancing.  With that being said, there are always hold over trout from the previous stocking and popular lakes are continuing to get stocked like they regularly would be.  These fish are going to be quite aggressive and willing participants.  Folks Fishing from their boats will find great success trolling Mag Lips, Flatfish, Wedding rings or small spinners.  A good plan of attack is to parallel the shoreline of your favorite lake and try to stay just outside of whatever weed beds there are.  Fishermen that will be fishing off the bank will find success casting spinners, spoonsbobbers and bait, or, fishing Nightcrawlers or Powerbait off of the bottom.

     

    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.

    Apr 17, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report
  • Outdoor Report 4/9

    Customer Bob Huble caught this awesome Springer yesterday while fishing on the Willamette River. The gorgeous Chinook hit a sand shrimp. Fish on! Customer Bob Huble caught this awesome Springer yesterday while fishing on the Willamette River. The gorgeous Chinook hit a sand shrimp. Fish on!

     

    Winter Steelhead are still being caught; however, a lot of anglers have switched their efforts towards Spring Chinook.  This time of year, you get a really wide range of steelhead in the river.  Some are brand new fresh off the tide Winter Steelhead, colored up fish that have been around for a few weeks and a few early Summer Steelhead.  These fish will bite a wide variety of techniques from beads, bait and pink worms to spoons, spinners and plugs.  Don’t be surprised if you hook a Spring Chinook that has decided to poke his head in the river a little early.  They love to bite steelhead-size plugs.

    Spring Chinook fishing continues to improve on the Willamette with fish being caught all throughout the system.  Last week the river colored up quite a bit but has dropped into shape nicely.  Anglers have been reporting success trolling cut-plug Green Label Herring or cured Prawns behind triangle flashers from Multnomah Channel all the way up through the Milwaukie area.  Anglers closer to or in Oregon City tend to use a wide variety of techniques.  Anglers up near the falls will vertically jig for these ultra-fresh Spring Chinook as well as run Jumbo Jet Divers and bait.  Other folks will be running divers with plugs, back-bouncing shrimp and eggs or even anchoring up and letting out Prawn spinners.  Whatever your favorite technique, you are likely to see it being used here.

    Catch and release Sturgeon Fishing has been a bit slower on the Willamette recently but that doesn’t mean fish aren’t being caught.  With this nice weather a relaxing day sitting on anchor catching Sturgeon can be just what the Doctor ordered!  Shrimp, Smelt and Herring have all been working well.

    Trout fishing is still happening statewide, just check on-line to make sure the park you are going to is open before making the drive.  ODFW has told us that they are continuing to stock rainbows throughout the state but have stopped showing the general public when and where.  This is to avoid congestion and overcrowding at areas that are recently stocked.  Regardless, most all bodies of water that get stocked regularly will have hold over trout that have been getting fat over the winter and are willing to eat a cast spinner or properly trolled flatfish.  Trolling wedding rings tipped with nightcrawlers, small Mag Lips, Flatfish and even spinners will all produce well.  Anglers from the bank will find success casting Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, Little Cleos, Blue Fox or Panther Martins.  Fishing bait is always a go-to option with Nightcrawlers, Single Pautzke eggs, Powerbait and shrimp being great choices.  Look for these trout to get more active as the weather continues to get warmer.

     

    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.

    Apr 10, 2020 | by FMO STAFF, Weekly FMO report