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Outdoor Report 6/25

Fisherman's Marine & Outdoor customer Aaron Trullinger with a keeper White Sturgeon from the Willamette River during last weekends retention day! There is (1) more retention day set for this Saturday July 27th, 2020. Nice fish Aaron and congrats! Fisherman's Marine & Outdoor customer Aaron Trullinger with a keeper White Sturgeon from the Willamette River during last weekends retention day! There is (1) more retention day set for this Saturday July 27th, 2020. Nice fish Aaron and congrats!

Spring Chinook are still being caught in the lower Willamette River, with anglers reporting the best success trolling 360° flashers with small 3.5 size spinnersBrad’s Super Baits and Superbait Cut Plugs have been working as well. Some anglers are still catching them on small herring rigged with a Dick's Sure Spin Herring Helmet.

Shad fishing is starting to wind down but there are still plenty to be caught.  These aggressive and plentiful fish are caught on the Willamette as well as the Columbia.  Small, bright-colored jig heads, Dick-Nites, Baby Simons and curly tail grubs are all great choices when picking out Shad gear.

Catch and release Sturgeon fishing in the lower Willamette has been decent with anglers reporting the best success from the Portland Harbor area.  Last Saturday’s keeper Sturgeon day was good for those looking to have some action.  Although keeper size fish were harder to come by, there were still some quality fish caught.  Down in Astoria, the catch and release Sturgeon Fishing has been very good.  This is a super fun fishery that is action packed with amazingly hard-fighting fish that like to get air born in the shallow water.  Squid, Sand Shrimp and Anchovies are all great baits.

Crabbing has been good for those putting in their time.  With this sunny weather we have been having, there is no better way to spend a family day than crabbing in Tillamook or Nehalem bay.

Clamming has been great for Oregon residents.  These last few sets of low tides have been really productive for the beaches North of Seaside.

Surf Perch fishing has been good for anglers, and with the nice weather arriving the ocean should calm down, making for better surf and better Perch fishing.  Small Berkley Gulp Sandworms, Sand Shrimp and clam necks are all killer Surf Perch baits.

Bottom fishing remains excellent with reports of big Lingcod being caught daily.  Rockfish are also on the menu with reports of full limits for a lot of anglers.  Large curly tail grubs and vertical jigs have been working the best for Lingcod, with Rock Cod Rigs and Shrimp flies taking the majority of the Rockfish.

Smallmouth Bass fishing has been excellent in the Columbia with virtually every bay, backwater channel or rocky outcropping being plugged with aggressive Smallmouth.  These fun to catch fish are winding down with the spawn, and with the Columbia slowly warming up, you will see the fish slide back down into slightly deeper waters.  Tubes, Jigs, Senkos and Spinnerbaits are all great bait choices.

Trout fishing remains great, and with the warmer weather, most high mountain lakes are now accessible.  This time of year can be one of the best times to catch trophy trout.  These fish have wintered over in the lake and are now aggressively feeding.  Trolling small Flatfish or  Mag Lips is still a deadly technique, while casting spinners or spoons is another awesome choice. Bait under a float or fished off of the bottom will always be a good option and can be a perfect choice when teaching new anglers.

Kokanee fishing has been a consistently good option.  These delicious land locked Salmon are still schooled up and aggressive.  Anglers have reported that trolling small spinner blades or bright-colored hoochies tipped with corn has been a go-to technique. Stacking your gear in the water column will help you find the consistent depth that they are suspended and will increase your odds immensely.

Walleye fishing in the Columbia River from Portland all the way up to the Oregon/Washington border has been good.  These fish prefer to be in even bottomed areas which are tailor-made for trolling bottom walkers with worm harnesses.  Spin-n-Glos and spinner blades are several of the many great options that folks design their worm harness rigs with.

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