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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.

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