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Outdoor Report 6/4

Fisherman’s Hall of Famer, LeAnn Reardon, with an awesome Surf Perch caught recently on a Berkley Gulp Sandworm, available at Fisherman’s. Nice catch, LeAnn! Fisherman’s Hall of Famer, LeAnn Reardon, with an awesome Surf Perch caught recently on a Berkley Gulp Sandworm, available at Fisherman’s. Nice catch, LeAnn!

Spring Chinook continue to be caught throughout the Willamette River, even as river temps continue to climb.  These fish seem to be keying in on 360° flashers with either small, 3.5 size spinners or Brad's Super Baits.  Fish are still suspended and the best bites have been an hour before and an hour after tide change.

Catch and release Sturgeon fishing in the Willamette has been getting better every week.  These fish like to escape some of the heavy Columbia River flows this time of year.  Shad, Herring, Squid and Sand Shrimp have all been working really well.

Smallmouth Bass fishing has been heating up for Willamette and Columbia River anglers.  Fish have moved into the shallower water near shorelines and into back coves.  Tubes, Senkos, Jigs and lipless crankbaits have all been working well.

Trout fishing has been productive at the majority of the lakes around the region.  These fish are being  stocked regularly and anglers are having success on a multitude of techniques.  Bait under bobbers or fished off the bottom is always a productive technique.  Casting spinners, spoons or Kastmasters has been working well, as has trolling Mag Lips, Flatfish and Wedding Rings.

Kokanee fishing has also been good.  Anglers have been finding success trolling Wedding Rings, Bright Colored Hoochies, Small Spin-n-Glos and Brad's Cut Plugs.  Tipping them with Shoepeg Corn is a must.  Scents can really up your catch rate; Bloody Tuna and Krill have been working well.

Bottom fishing has been great for those making the drive to the coast.  Lingcod have been on the large size and have been biting well. Bass and other Rockfish have also been plentiful.  Large Curly Tail Grubs, Vertical jigs and Rock Cod Rigs have been the best bets for terminal gear.

Surf Perch Fishing has been good for surf anglers.  With last week's morning low tides, anglers found success targeting perch all throughout the incoming tide.  Sand Shrimp, Clam Necks and Berkley Gulp Sandworms have been choice baits.

Razor Clamming was excellent last week from Seaside North.  Folks found good size clams and fast limits during the morning digs.

It’s free fishing weekend this coming weekend, June 6th and 7th.  Anglers can enjoy targeting fish, crabs and clams in Oregon. Washington will also allow anglers to fish but note Halibut and Razor Clam harvest is closed.  That’s no license, no tag, no endorsement needed. All other fishing regulations / bag limits still apply. Please check ODFW and/or WDFW for your local regulations and verify which locations are open.

Free Fishing Weekend
Oregon: 
https://bit.ly/3eS0ovl 
 
Washington:
https://bit.ly/2UeFQVM

 

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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