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Outdoor Report 10/10

Mike Kostel caught and released this rowdy Deschutes River steelhead this past Monday while fishing with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Pete Field. Steelhead anglers on the Deschutes are currently seeing some of the best action of the season, with fish being caught on flies, bobber and jig, spinners and plugs. (Pete Field Guide Service: 503-539-0587.) Mike Kostel caught and released this rowdy Deschutes River steelhead this past Monday while fishing with Fisherman’s Pro Guide, Pete Field. Steelhead anglers on the Deschutes are currently seeing some of the best action of the season, with fish being caught on flies, bobber and jig, spinners and plugs. (Pete Field Guide Service: 503-539-0587.)

Fall chinook fishing has been decent this past week along the Oregon Coast , with reports coming in from most all of the bays and estuaries south of Astoria.  The fish seem to be in transition from hanging out in the ocean to entering into the bay that their tributaries feed into.  The next decent rain we get will likely bring in a good wave of fish that can be targeted from the bay through the tidewater sections of most major rivers.  So far, fish have been caught trolling triangle flashers with herring, triangle flashers with spinners, 360° flashers with small spinners and folks fishing bobber and eggs farther up bays and into tidewater.  Once we get some really significant rain to bring river levels up, the drift boat fisheries will start to kick in and more opportunities will open up.  Back trolling Kwikfish or Mag Lips will be an awesome technique when trying to find these high water Kings.  Back-bouncing and bobber fishing eggs and shrimp will also be a widely used technique.

Tributary coho fishing has still been good, with fish responding well to the latest cold snap. Cooling water temperatures really help these finicky creatures get into a biting mood. Twitching jigs, casting spinners or plugs and bobber fishing eggs are all great choices when deciding what technique to use.  Find some nice walking speed water and look for rolling fish.  These acrobatic fish love to show themselves when more than just one or two are present.  So, looking for surface activity will definitely help you find where pods of fish are staging.

Catch and release sturgeon fishing has continued to be a great option.  These fish are also responding well to cooling water temperatures and have really given anglers a treat by being more aggressive and active.  Sandshrimp, smelt, anchovies and herring have been this week's top producing baits.

Tuna fishing has still been great when the ocean has allowed anglers to get out.  Everyday has been a  different story as far as what the fish are keying in on.  One day it’s a trolling bite and the fish are a little more spread out.  Then the next day the fish are schooled up more and you can fill the boat by jigging iron or fishing live bait.  Moral of the story, make sure you have as many techniques as you can on board so that you have exactly what you need for what the tuna want that day.

Bottom fishing has been good with reports of fast limits for those that are looking to fill their freezers with fillets that are perfect for fish tacos.  Shrimp flies and vertical jigs were the two most productive techniques this past week.

Crabbing continues to be good with a lot of really big crab in the mix recently.  These crab are getting fuller by the week and a limit of these fat keepers yields a lot of meat!  They also make for a great addition for those that are salmon fishing.  Drop your pots first thing in the morning and pull them before you head home and you will have plenty of fresh seafood for everyone on board.

Trout fishing continues to be great, especially with the cooling temperatures.  These fish have really gotten aggressive and are moving back into the shallow waters. Casting spinners, spoons or flies have all worked well recently.  ODFW stocked more lakes this past week and just put 5,000 trophy trout into Dorena Reservoir.  That’s a lot of large trout that are ready to be caught

 

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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