Willamette River Fishing Report

Willamette River CST FK - (Lane County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
2-6-2019
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Still no hatchery steelhead in the counts at Willamette Falls but 413 wild steelhead have made the crossing since Jan. 1. Spring Chinook likewise have yet to make an appearance, though there is one confirmed catch of a hatchery spring Chinook.

Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing is a good option on the lower Willamette and can be productive this time of year. The ODFW fishing dock on the river bank below the old West Linn Police Station is a good prospect for those who want to try catch-and-release sturgeon fishing from the shore. Kelly Point Park is another popular spot on the lower Willamette for some good catch-and-release sturgeon fishing. Remember to use single, barbless hooks. 

Warmwater fishing can also be a viable alternative in the lower Willamette, Multnomah Channel and surrounding sloughs. Successful warmwater anglers tend to fish around bridges, pilings, wing dams, and other structures, which can be good spots to find warmwater fish, including walleye, crappie, and bass. 

Further upstream, the section between Albany and Harrisburg is open year-round for trout fishing, which can be very good when flows are cooperating. Anglers are allowed to keep two trout per day. Smallmouth bass fishing can be excellent between Salem and Albany starting in May.

Hydrological data for the Willamette at Willamette Falls on Feb. 4 showed flows at 24,300 cfs, the water temperature at 40° F, and visibility at 2 ft.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, February 6th

Alsea River: A Few Fish are Still Being Caught
Salmon River: Salmon River Fishing Report
Siletz River: Winter Steelhead Continues to be Fair
Siuslaw River: Winter Steelhead Fishing has Still Been Good
Trask River: Trask River Fishing Report
Wilson River: Fishing on the Wilson was Good Friday
Yaquina River: Most Fish Caught are Wild
Alton Baker Canoe Canal: Will be Stocked this Week
Clackamas River: Conditions Perked up a Bit Over the Past Week
Clear Lake: Fish with a Tag that Could Win You a $50 Gift Card!
Cottage Grove reservoir: Stocked this Week with 4,500 Large Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Detroit Reservoir: Winter Storage Started Feb. 1
Dexter Reservoir: Will be Stocked this Week with 1,500 Large Hatchery Rainbow Trout.
Dorena Reservoir: Will be Stocked this Week with 5,500 Large Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Green Peter Reservoir: Trout as Well as Bass are Good Options
Henry Hagg Lake: Stocked Recently with Several Batches of Large Brood Trout
Hills Creek Reservoir: Will be Stocked this Week with 4,000 Legal-Size Hatchery Rainbow Trout.
Junction City Pond: Will be Stocked Again this Week with About 900 Hatchery Trout
Molalla River: As of Feb. 6 Shows Flows at 609 cfs
Sandy River: Sandy River Fishing Report
Santiam River North Fork-2: Winter Steelhead are Beginning to Move into the River.
Walter Wirth Lake: Stocked this Week with About 1,200 Hatchery Trout
Applegate Reservoir: Fishing Should be Good.
Ben Irving Reservoir: Best Success Trolling Lures in the Deeper Areas
Butterfield Lake: Butterfield Lake Fishing Report
Coos River: Steelhead Fishing Conditions Should Hold Up
Coquille River: Good Steelhead Fishing Conditions
Diamond Lake: Diamond Lake Fishing Report
Fish Lake : Expect Snow and Ice at Fish Lake
Garrison Lake: Hooking Up with Some Feisty Rainbow Trout.
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie Reservoir Report
Selmac Lake: Reports Have Been Good
Lost Creek Reservoir: Anglers Have Found Success
Rogue River Lower: Lower Rogue River Fishing Report
Rogue River - Middle: The River is Holding Steady Around 1900 cfs
Rogue River Upper: Bait is Again Allowed Throughout the Entire Rogue Basin
Sixes River: Recent Rainfall Encouraged Fish to Move into the River
Umpqua River: Steelhead Fishing Should be Good
Hood River: Expect Some Bright Fish During February.
Metolius River: Anglers Report Good Fishing for Trout
John Day River: John Day River Fishing Report
Hells Canyon Reservoir: Fishing is Starting to Pick Up
Ana River: Fish Were Rising for Flies Midday as Usual

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Phillips Reservoir

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