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Outdoor Report 6/18

DAVE ENG ASSISTED FISHERMAN'S MARINE & OUTDOOR CUSTOMER RACHEL MORRISON WITH LANDING HER FIRST EVER SPRING CHINOOK SALMON! THE WILLAMETTE RIVER IS STILL KICKING OUT GREAT FISH. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? NICE FISH GUYS! DAVE ENG ASSISTED FISHERMAN'S MARINE & OUTDOOR CUSTOMER RACHEL MORRISON WITH LANDING HER FIRST EVER SPRING CHINOOK SALMON! THE WILLAMETTE RIVER IS STILL KICKING OUT GREAT FISH. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
NICE FISH GUYS!

Willamette River. Please check this link https://bit.ly/2V3oVpT before going, make sure it is still on. Fishery managers will review the harvest estimates of the earlier retention day to ensure enough fish are left in the quota to continue on the 27th. For more information about bag limits and other details, refer to link above.

Spring Chinook fishing in the Willamette continues to be a viable option as anglers are finding success trolling 360° flashers with small 3.5 size spinners or Brad's Super Baits.  Tillamook Bay has been putting out some nice Spring Chinook as well.  Folks have been catching them trolling 360 flashers with small 3.5 size spinners as well as trolling triangle flashers with a plug-cut green label herring.  Most all of the Willamette River tributaries have Spring Chinook in them, and anglers are finding success backtrolling divers and bait or smaller size Kwikfish and Mag Lips.  Back bouncing eggs is always a popular option as well as bobber fishing eggs and shrimp.

Summer Steelhead have been filtering into the Columbia River as well as lower Columbia River tributaries.  On the Columbia, anglers find success fishing from the boat as well as the bank.  Coon Stripe Shrimp, Prawns and Sand Shrimp are all great baits for Summers.  Small plugs like Mag Lips, Wiggle Warts, Hot Shots and Kwikfish are a few of the great options when choosing plugs.  Bank anglers find success plunking Shrimp, Prawns or Coon Stripe Shrimp behind Spin-n-Glos.  In the tributaries these techniques work well, however anglers spend a bit more time casting jigs and floats, casting spinners and spoons or drift fishing bait.

Shad fishing on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers has been great!  With over 2 million Shad already over Bonneville the time is now if you are wanting to fill your freezer with killer Sturgeon or Crab bait.  Bright colored Shad darts, curly tail grubs or small spoons like Dick Nites or Baby Simons are all great choices when picking out terminal tackle.

Kokanee fishing has continued to be a great option for anglers with quality fish close to the Portland Metro area.  Anglers are still finding success trolling at multiple depths to narrow down just exactly where the Kokanee are at on that specific day.  Wiggle Hoochies, small Spin-n-Glos, bright colored hoochies and small Spinner Blades are just a few of the options that anglers have when it comes to Kokanee terminal tackle.  Always tip your gear with Shoepeg corn and bring a long a few popular scents to try as occasionally Kokanee can switch off the bite and a new scent can be all you need to switch it back on.

Trout fishing has been great throughout the Northwest part of the state.  Virtually all lakes have had some sort of trout stocking and fish are just waiting to be caught.  High mountain lakes have started to become accessible and are being stocked.  These lakes typically have a little larger grade of fish as they will have trout that wintered over and have put on some extra weight.  Casting spinners or trolling plugs will usually help you hook the larger trout as they sometimes take a little more flashy and large bait to bite.  Of course, bobber fishing worms or shrimp will be a great producing option, as well as bait in the bottom.  Don’t forget flies! Sometimes, when you see those epic bug hatches on the lake and you can’t figure out what the trout want, fly fishing will be your best option.  When these hatches do take place, trout will lose all inhibition and specifically key in on what is hatching at the time.  This is when fly fishing outshines all other techniques.

Bottom fishing has been great recently.  Weather permitting, anglers have been finding some big Lingcod and a nice grade of rockfish as well.  These fish are caught on several different presentations however large curly tail grubs, vertical jigs and shrimp flies have been the three best rigs.  As always check the weather and wave report before heading out into the ocean.

Clamming will be good this coming weekend with minus tides. Bay clamming has been great in Netarts and at the Coastguard Station in Tillamook while Razor clamming in Seaside and up through Gearhart has been a great option as well.

Ocean Salmon Season opens June 20th from Leadbetter Point Washington to Cape Falcon Oregon. There are separate opening dates for Coho so please check ODFW for specific seasons and bag limits https://bit.ly/3fKPK9Z

Camping has opened in many places across Oregon.  Some areas have a few restrictions while others are fully operational.  Either way, early summer is one of the best times of the year to go camping as the evenings are still cool and daytime temps haven’t reached the 80-degree mark yet.  Campfires usually haven’t been restricted and most lakes have been freshly stocked.

 

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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