Willamette River Fish Report for 3-16-2022
Catch estimates, below Willamette Falls to mouth
Willamette River - Portland, OR (Lane County)
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
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.
Last week’s preliminary catch estimates, below Willamette Falls to mouth (including Multnomah Channel) are:
- Chinook: 58 kept, 4 released
- Steelhead: 7 kept, 10 released.
Catch picked up later in the week in Multnomah Channel.
March 14 Willamette River Portland-Temperature/Visibility: 47 F, Visibility: 3.4 ft
Willamette Falls Counts as of March 10: Chinook – 2: winter steelhead - 1,770: summer steelhead -17.
The upstream section between Albany and Harrisburg is open year-round for trout fishing, which can be very good when flows are cooperating. Flows are in pretty decent shape at the moment, but patience will be required to coax trout at this time of year. 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 during the spring and summer. 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.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Wednesday, March 16th, 2022
Imnaha River: Mid-March through mid-April often is one of the best periods for steelhead fishing
Wallowa Lake : Wallowa Lake has had ice on in throughout the latter part of the winter
Crooked River: The Crooked River remains low, so anglers might look for trout in deeper waters
Lake Billy Chinook: Fishing is off to a good start since the lake opened on March 1
Metolius River: March can be a good month for fishing on the Metolius
Pine Hollow Reservoir: The reservoir is schedule to be stocked later this month
Prinevile Reservoir: Trout fishing continues to be good near the dam
Blue River Reservoir: Will be stocked this week for the first time this season
Detroit Reservoir: Currently the reservoir water level is about 70 feet above the bottom of Mongold boat ramp
Dexter Reservoir: Will be stocked again this week
EE Wilson Angling Pond: The pond is stocked with trout from February through May
Green Peter Reservoir: This reservoir is slowly filling again
Hills Creek Reservoir: Hills Creek Reservoir will be stocked this week
Junction City Pond: The pond was stocked last week
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Fishing for hatchery steelhead is open year-round
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 1,900 cfs at the Waterloo gauge
Timber Linn Lake: It will be stocked this week
Waverly Lake: This lake was stocked last week
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Sunday, March 13th, 2022
Columbia River: March 16 Bonneville Pool sturgeon retention day cancelled
: Oregon Troll Salmon Action Notice
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