Coho salmon are currently pouring over Willamette Falls

Willamette River - Portland, OR (Lane County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
10-6-2021
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Anglers should confirm access before they go. All Metro Parks and boat ramps are now open but may have modified operations. Check conditions at individual parks on Metro’s website. State parks and recreation areas appear open.

Coho salmon are currently pouring over Willamette Falls and up into the upper river. This is shaping up to be a better than average year. Anglers may keep up to two salmon per day.  Anglers should focus their efforts at the mouths of the major tributaries (Molalla, Yamhill, Santiam). 

The upstream section between Albany and Harrisburg is open year-round for trout fishing, which can be very good when flows are cooperating. Anglers may keep two trout per day. Smallmouth bass also can be a lot of fun to catch and are plentiful between Salem and Corvallis. From Salem downstream there are plenty of largemouth bass in the deeper, quieter sections.

The river is ideal for small boats such as canoes and kayaks, but there are enough public access points for bank anglers as well. Consult Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for specific locations. 

The Willamette often gets overlooked because it is so close. But this river offers convenience, fairly good access and variety.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, October 6th
Upper Klamath Lake: Upper Klamath Lake Fishing Report
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Sun Creek: Fishing not recommended at this time. Flows are at 7 cfs
Williamson River: No treble hooks allowed!
Ben Irving Reservoir: Fishing should be good with cooler conditions
Chetco River: The estuary has been bustling with boat and bank anglers lately
Cooper Creek Reservoir: The reservoir may start to fill back up again, but it was still low at last check
Coquille River: Striped bass fishing has been good in the lower Coquille River
Diamond Lake: Recent reports indicate limits for lots of anglers and large fish
Eel Lake: Eel Lake Fishing Report
Eel River: Temporary rule changes for Chinook are now in place Aug. 1-Dec. 31
Garrison Lake: Best time to fish is early or late in the day
Rogue River- Lower: The Huntley Park seining season is coming to a close
Sixes River: Temporary low water fishing closure will start Oct. 1 in the lower river
Tenmile Lakes: Most largemouth bass are in deeper water along hard bottom points
Alsea River: 33lb. Native Chinook
Nehalem River: Chinook fishing on Nehalem Bay slowed a little this week but was still fair
Nestucca River: The Nestucca and Little Nestucca will have a limited wild coho fishery this year
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing has been fair on the Salmon River
Siletz River: ***Update*** The Siletz Basin will have a limited wild coho fishery this year
Siuslaw River: Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Siuslaw
Trask River: Chinook fishing remains best in the Trask tidewater
Wilson River: The majority of fall Chinook appear to still be in tidewater
Yaquina River: Fish are now spread throughout the estuary
Detroit Reservoir: Pretty much all techniques will catch fish
Foster Reservoir: Stocked for the last time last week
Santiam River ( North Fork) : River is currently running at 3,800 cfs at the gage in Mehama.
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: The river level has increased from recent rains

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, September 30th
: C2 Cattle Ranch late archery hunt drawing now open
Grande Ronde River: Grande Ronde River opens for coho salmon harvest Oct. 1