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Fishing Report 07/10/2020

Amy recently fished the lower Willamette River with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Chris Vertopoulos, and connected with this impressive Spring Chinook! Springer fishing on the Willamette has been surprisingly steady recently as the tail-end of the run pushes through to upstream tributaries. Nice job, Amy! (Chris V’s Guide Service: 503-349-1377.) Amy recently fished the lower Willamette River with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Chris Vertopoulos, and connected with this impressive Spring Chinook! Springer fishing on the Willamette has been surprisingly steady recently as the tail-end of the run pushes through to upstream tributaries. Nice job, Amy! (Chris V’s Guide Service: 503-349-1377.)

Fishing report 7-10

Summer Chinook fishing on the Columbia opened up last weekend and anglers found success on a variety of techniques.  In the lower Columbia anglers found success sitting on anchor with kwikfish, Mag Lips, spinners and wobblers.  These fish are amazing athletes and tend to go on line burning runs.  So make sure your line and gear are fresh! Bank anglers are finding success plunking with wobblers, spinners and Spin-n-Glos with bait. In the upper Columbia, folks have been finding success trolling 360 flashers with small spinners, Brad’s Superbaits or Yakima Bait Spinfish.

Summer Steelhead are around and anglers have been finding success casting spinners, spoons, jigs and bait.  As rivers continue to warm up, look for these aggressive fish to be hanging in the riffles or deeper troughs where the oxygen continent is typically higher.

Catch and release Sturgeon fishing down in the Astoria area has been great.  These highly aggressive fish like to bite and take flight when hooked.  Sand Shrimp, Squid, Anchovies and Herring all work well.

Bottom fishing has been really good for anglers that are venturing out to the salt.  Lingcod are still around and all other species of Rockfish are being caught daily.  Shrimp flies, Rock Cod rigs, curly tail grubs and vertical jigs have all been producing fish.

Ocean Salmon fishing has began and will only improve in the coming weeks.  These anglers are trolling with either a diver or lead, and Anchovies and Herring are the typical go-to baits, with Spinfish and Super bait Cutplugs being popular choices for lures.

Surf Perch fishing continues to be good with anglers finding the greatest success on the incoming tide.  Berkley Gulp Sandworms, Sand Shrimp and Clam necks are all great Perch baits.

Jetty fishing has been good for many anglers and offers a unique fishery for folks to catch an array of Rockfish.  Lingcod, Cabezon, Greenling, Pile Perch and Surf Perch are only a few of the many species that are caught from jetties along the Oregon Coast.  Fishing Sand Shrimp off of the bottom, or casting white curly tail grubs, are two killer ways to target these fish.  Bring along a heavy duty rod and cast a few Crab snares to let sit while you fish.

Crabbing has been good with reports of plenty of Crab to go around in Nehalem and Tillamook Bay.

Kokanee fishing has been good locally with anglers finding success trolling a bunch of different lure combinations.  Bright-colored hoochies and small spinner blades have been among the top producing baits.  Tip either of the those with Shoepeg Corn and you have a recipe for success.  These fish can be spread throughout the water column at times, so locating the school should be the first order of business.  Once you do, the action is typically fast-paced.

Trout fishing has also been quite good.  Locally and at high mountain lakes the fishing has been good for anglers of all skill levels.  Fishing bait is always a go-to option as trout are hardwired to search out a fresh meal.  But when they get a little lockjaw, try casting spinners, spoons or bubble and fly.

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.

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