Fishing opportunities abound in the Beaver State as September draws to a close. The only thing you’ll have to decide, is just where to wet a line.
(THE FOLLOWING ARE EXCERPTS FROM ODFW’S WEEKLY RECREATION REPORT)
- Fall Chinook catches are fair to good from Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam.
- The Columbia River downstream of Warrior Rock remains open for adipose fin-clipped steelhead and adipose fin-clipped coho.
- Coho catches are fair at Buoy 10.
- Bass fishing continues to be good in the Grande Ronde River and look for the trout bite to improve as temperatures cool.
- The first salmon and steelhead are arriving at Threemile Dam on the Umatilla River – look for fish to start picking up when water temperatures cool.
- Cooler mornings have revitalized the trout fishing on the Wallowa River.
- Trout fishing has been good at Pilcher Reservoir.
- Brown trout fishing has been good on the lower Owyhee River.
- Miller Lake was recently stocked with rainbow trout and fishing should be good.
- Cutthroat trout fishing has been good on Juniper Lake, and should get better as temperatures continue to cool.
- From now until Oct. 31, ODFW has lifted all size and bag limits on Thief Valley Reservoir in anticipation of the reservoir being drained.
- Fishing for smallmouth bass has been good in Lake Billy Chinook and kokanee fishing is picking up as fish begin to stage in the Metolius arm prior to spawning.
- For the fly-fisher, fishing has been good on both the Fall and Metolius rivers.
- Largemouth bass fishing should be good in Taylor Lake.
- The beginning of September brought big changes to fishing in the upper Rogue, with the regularly scheduled closure of Chinook angling, and the start of the artificial fly season. Please see the angling regulations for additional details.
- Summer steelhead numbers continue to be strong on the upper Rogue River.
- The South Umpqua will close to all angling from Sept. 16 through Nov. 30.
- Chinook fishing in the Coos River estuary continues to be good.
- A few wild coho already have been caught in the Coos and Coquille systems.
- A Family Fishing event will be held at St. Louis Ponds on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
- Spring Chinook fishing has been fair to good on the Sandy River, particularly from the old Marmot Dam site upstream to the deadline at the mouth of the Salmon River.
- Warmwater fishing has been good on the Willamette River and Multnomah Channel.
- High lakes are open and offer a good place to beat the heat and fish for trout.
- The Clackamas Hatchery is recycling steelhead into the Clackamas River at Riverside Park.