Williamson River Report

Williamson River

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff


Fishing was very poor at the Old Rocky Ford section of the river. The redband might have moved upstream. Grasshoppers are abundant. The Sand Creek and Yamsi ranches provide good pay to fish fly-fishing.


The river increased in flow (524 cfs). Numerous mayflies and caddisflies are hatching. Currently, very small mayflies (Tricos and BWOs) are the best insect to match. A size 16 to 18 pheasant tail matches this hatch well. ‌

Please remember no treble hooks or bait allowed on the river. Most fly anglers use a clear intermediate fly line with 6 to 8-pound fluorocarbon leaders and swing fly patterns deep.‌

Look for the giant Hex mayflies to hatch. These hatch right at dark around 9:30 p.m. Best fishing the Hex hatch is from just above Hwy 97 to near the Nature Conservancy boat ramp below Modoc Point. Look for areas just off the aquatic vegetation in slower backwater. The Hex hatch has been poor this year but there are still a few around. ‌

Areas above Chiloquin will be crystal clear, very cold water. Fishing is always very challenging in this stretch. A recent float of the area above Chiloquin Bridge observed very low numbers of redband trout compared to previous years. Brown trout are also more common above Chiloquin.‌

Yellow perch fishing has been excellent below Modoc Point Road bridge. They are somewhat difficult to find, but once you find them stay there. ODFW is encouraging harvesting as many as you can!

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, August 30th

John Day River: Steelhead fishing will be open for this year as we've reached our minimum target of returning wild adults over Bonneville Dam
Umatilla River: Anglers should focus on deeper holes
Deschutes River: Anglers have been reporting good trout fishing lately
Laurance Lake: Air quality is poor at Laurance Lake due to wildfire smoke
Clackamas River: Both Chinook and steelhead fishing has slowed down significantly
Sandy River: Summer steelhead and Chinook can still be found throughout the river
Alsea River: Fish are moving and jumping throughout the basin
Salmon River: The Bridge hole has been a popular space for bank casting
Siletz River: The Siletz has a variety of species to cast for this weekend! ‌
Siuslaw River: We have had a few reports coming in of fish being caught in the bay
Trask River: The Trask gets a hatchery coho run, but it's still early
Yaquina River: Fall Chinook is back open on the Yaquina
Campbell Reservoir: The reservoir is about 50 percent full
Fourmile Lake: The lake is currently 12 percent full and declining fast
Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir is 21 percent full
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is 3.9 feet below full pool and 41 percent full
Miller Lake: Miller Lake is accessible and was stocked heavily with rainbow trout
North Fork Sprague River: Water temperatures have increased slightly
South Fork Sprague River: Fishing will be fair due to past drought and fire in the watershed
Sycan River: Flows are declining quickly at 12 cfs

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