Willamette River Fishing Report

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 (May 30 – June 5) preliminary catch estimate, below Willamette Falls to mouth (including Multnomah Channel):

  • Chinook- 259 kept, 33 released.
  • Steelhead- 15 kept, 0 released.

It’s getting that time of year when most of the Chinook catch happens at Mouth-St. Johns area. Shad fishing is good in Oregon City.

Weekly Willamette River fishery summaries, week of May 23:

As of May 31:

The upstream section between Albany and Harrisburg is open year-round for trout fishing, which can be very good when flows are cooperating. Flows have been dropping all week, while water temperatures are now in the upper 50s to low 60s and climbing, which means fishing conditions have improved for both trout and warmwater game fish like smallmouth bass. 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.

Notice for Boaters: Buena Vista Park boat ramp between Albany and Independence will be closed to all access starting May 23 and continuing through the end of September.  This will affect boaters floating down from Albany, and the I-5 rest stop boat ramp on the Santiam.  The next take out downstream is at the city of Independence about 10 miles downstream.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

Heart Lake: The lake is up to 35 feet deep in places
Holbrook Reservoir: Trolling for rainbows will be extremely productive
Phillips Reservoir: Dry flies has been a good way to catch both rainbow trout and pikeminnows
Unity Reservoir: Unity Reservoir is almost full
Applegate Reservoir: All boat ramps are now open
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Anglers have been reporting good catches
Coquille River: Smallmouth bass fishing will steadily pick up
Diamond Lake: Trout seem to be biting better in June
Eel Lake: Trout fishing at Eel Lake is picking up
Emigrant Reservoir: The reservoir is currently at 36 percent and 10,063 acre feet
Empire Lake Lower: Bass fishing is picking up in Lower Empire Lake
Expo Pond: There are still trout available at Expo Pond
Fish Lake : The reservoir has been a steady 47 percent over the last 2 weeks
Garrison Lake: Best time to fish is early or late in the day
Lost Creek Lake: Fishing has been very good
Medco Pond: Fishing should be good for trout, as well as warmwater species
Rogue River- Lower: Starting June 1, anglers can keep any chinook
Rogue River - Middle: From the mouth upstream to Fishers Ferry boat ramp, wild Chinook are legal for retention after June 1
Rogue River- Upper: Trout fishing is now open in the Rogue
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): Flows in the upper river are quite elevated right now
Tenmile Lakes: The Tenmile Lake level was recently at 10 feet
Umpqua River: All angling is prohibited within 200 feet of any portion of a tributary mouth
North Umpqua River: Anglers are doing well on both spring Chinook and summer steelhead
South Umpqua River : Anglers have been doing well on bass
Nestucca River: Spring Chinook fishing continues to improve on the Nestucca
Three Rivers: There were quite a few fish observed in Three Rivers this week
Tillamook Bay: Spring Chinook are in Tillamook Bay
Wilson River: Starting to get reports of a few fish getting caught
Clear Lake: Stocked on June 1st
Coast Fork Willamette River: Will be stocked the week of June 13
Detroit Reservoir: Will be stocked this week with about 4,000 trout
EE Wilson Angling Pond: Was Stocked Last Week
Foster Reservoir: The reservoir is now full and all three boat ramps are currently available
Green Peter Reservoir: Green Peter Reservoir Fishing Report
Junction City Pond: The pond was stocked last week
Leaburg Lake: Will be stocked this week
McKenzie River: Spring Chinook - fishing should be picking up
Quartzville Creek: Light tackle including flies works best
Salmon Creek: Will be stocked again the week of June 13
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: The river is very high at the moment
Santiam River (South Fork): Chinook salmon returns have really taken off
Sunnyside Park Pond: Stocked Last Week
Timber Linn Lake: Stocked Last Week
Walling Pond: The pond was stocked last week

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