Willamette River Fishing Report

Willamette River CST FK - (Lane County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

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.

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