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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.

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