Lower Williamson River Report

Williamson River


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
9-22-2021
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No treble hooks allowed! Very small mayflies are hatching and fish are feeding on them in certain locations. October caddis and other large caddisflies (Neophylax, Hesperophylax) are beginning to hatch as well.

Open to fishing through Oct. 31. Flows are very low. Fishing is good. When fly-fishing use long, light leaders and clear fly lines for best success. Caddis flies and many small mayfly species are hatching. Flies mimicking small mayfly nymphs can work well.

Regulations have changed on the Williamson River. Only one single point hook is allowed. This change is due to record low spawning escapement for trophy redband trout throughout the Klamath Basin in the spawning season of 2019-2020. ODFW also encourages the use of single barbless hooks in this fishery, not removing fish from the water and catch-and-release rubber nets. Many redband trout are starting to migrate to stage for fall spawning. Take extra care when handling these darker fish.

Also, all radio tagged redband trout must be released unharmed. Redband trout will have what looks to be fishing line coming from the abdomen. These fish will be 6-18 inches long.





OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, September 16th
Columbia River: Columbia River salmon fishing reopens from Tongue Point/Rocky Point to Warrior Rock on Sept. 17; four additional sturgeon retention days add
: Public comment requested on draft Dungeness crab fishery management plan
: ODFW Recreation Report
Bradley Lake: Bradley Lake is scheduled to be stocked with fall rainbow trout in mid-October
Chetco River: A few anglers are starting to troll the estuary for salmon
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Lots of Rain in The Forecast
Coquille River: Striped bass fishing is starting to pick up again in the lower Coquille River
Diamond Lake: The lake is lower than normal
Eel Lake: Anglers reported catching a few trout this past week
Fish Lake : The current lake level is 16 percent full and is slowly filling with input from natural springs
Galesville Reservoir: The reservoir is about 7 feet above the lowest height on record
Illinois River: The Illinois is open to trout fishing
Lake Selmac: Water levels have been dropping slowly
Lemolo Lake: Lemolo should be a great place to try this week
Lost Creek Lake: Trout fishing should still be good
Rogue River - Middle: There is less than one month left for Chinook fishing between Hog Creek boat ramp and Fishers Ferry
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): Still Plenty of Fish Hanging Around
Sixes River: Temporary low water fishing closure will start Oct. 1
Willow Lake: Trout, bass, crappie and perch are most prevalent here
Alsea River: Fall Chinook fishing continues to be steady on the Alsea
Kilchis River: Cutthroat trout are available throughout the Kilchis River
Miami River: Cutthroat trout fishing in the Miami should be fair to good
Nehalem River: Chinook fishing continues to be fair to good throughout the bay
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing is picking up on the Salmon River
Siletz River: The Siletz Basin will have a limited wild coho fishery this year
Trask River: Anglers will find sea-run cutthroat trout throughout the Trask
Wilson River: Summer steelhead fishing on the Wilson has been slow this year
Yaquina River: Fall Chinook fishing continues to improve on the Yaquina
Detroit Reservoir: Water levels are slowly dropping as dry conditions continue
Foster Reservoir: This reservoir is still full and all three boat ramps are currently
Green Peter Reservoir: Green Peter Reservoir Report
McKenzie River: McKenzie River Fishing Report
Quartzville Creek: Rain is forecasted for this weekend
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: Hatchery trout harvest is now open until Oct. 31
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 1250 cfs at the Waterloo gage