Oregon Fishing Forecast - October 26, 2017
Portland/Metro - With anticipation running high for the rare opportunity to catch and keep a sturgeon on the Columbia, anglers were greeted with poor weather conditions and less than stellar catches. Anglers that "practiced" catch and release in days prior to the storm found good results, the low pressure clearly put them down for the day.
Anglers will have another chance on October 26, before managers close the catch and keep fishery down until another likely opener next year.
Coho numbers jumped at Bonneville following the rain - fish most likely destined for upper basin hatcheries. The mouth of the Klickitat should start producing more fish in the coming week. Salmon trollers working the river downstream of Bonneville remain diligent, but success rates are fading.
The Clackamas and Sandy Rivers got a strong dose of rain over the weekend, casting aside any hope for weekend opportunity. When flows subside, fishing should be good in the upper reaches, where coho will be stacked at their liberation point. For the Clackamas, this will be Eagle Creek, and for the Sandy, Cedar Creek will be the best destination. It's towards the end of the season however, so fish will be motivated to enter the hatchery facility, especially given the opportunity during this high water phase.
Winter steelhead are still months away.
Trout fishing remains an option at Henry Hagg Lake where thousands of trout were recently stocked.
The Tillamook Report - The Tillamook district experienced a "moderate" flooding event over the weekend, but by now, rivers should be running ideal. The bay should also have some biters around, but district rivers should be the place to target Chinook, with the Wilson, Trask and Nestucca the three best options. Needless to say, the Trask hatchery got a slug of fish early this week.
Trollers should still work the Ghost Hole and Bay City, but the West Channel should not be overlooked. Following high water events, the west channel can often harbor good numbers of Chinook, and the Pro Troll/spinner combo may fade with colder waters. Anglers this time of year are more likely to use herring for bait.
Chum salmon may start to show in the Kilchis and Miami Rivers. They make for great catch and release sport, especially for the younger crowd. Retention is illegal and chum are easily identifiable by the calico barring on their sides.
Crabbing remains good in Netarts Bay, where soft tides this weekend should make for plentiful catches.
The ocean won't be a good option for any species until the New Year.
Trout season closes on district rivers on October 31, but cutthroat remain prevalent as salmon start to spawn.
The Astoria area - All salmon fishing is effectively over after a mediocre showing for B-run coho. Overall, the coho catches were good in the fishery, but it will be a crabbing show for the foreseeable future.
Soft tides this weekend should produce good catches of crab on the incoming tide. Despite the strong influx of freshwater, the Columbia estuary stays strong through the month of November.
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Bob Rees is a sixth generation Oregonian and a 20-year veteran fishing guide of Oregon's Northwest region. Bob Rees' column, The Guide's Forecast, has been a trusted fishing resource for over 16 years and will appear in the Thursday edition of the Portland Tribune. He welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Portland Tribune to bring the sport fishing community timely and accurate fishing information so you can catch more fish!