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Outdoor Report 07/17


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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