Oregon Fishing Forecast - July 13, 2017
Portland/Metro - Trollers still working the Portland Harbor near the head of the Multnomah Channel in the Willamette are still finding Chinook willing to take spinners behind flashers. There is a mix of both wild and hatchery fish available, with some fish tipping the scales at 20+ pounds.
The re-opener of the summer Chinook season on the mainstem Columbia has only been mediocre. Passage at Bonneville is starting to taper, and so are success rates. Action will likely remain best in the Bonneville area.
Summer steelhead fishing on the mainstem Columbia is starting to heat up. Despite a relatively poor return, we are in peak season and hatchery fish are available. Strong outgoing tides coupled with continued high flows should make bank fishing fairly productive through the weekend.
Shad fishing in the Oregon City area remains good, despite little effort. The Bonneville area is equally productive for shad as well.
Salmon and steelhead fishing on the Clackamas and Sandy Rivers is becoming more challenging. With more river traffic, dropping river levels and a warming trend, fish will be less motivated to bite. Fish early using small baits or hardware for best results.
The Tillamook Report - Ocean salmon fishing out of Garibaldi is improving. Fish were last reported between 170' to 200' of water. Early morning is always best. A few Chinook are also in the catch.
Ocean crabbing is good, with about half of the crab still in good hard-shelled condition. Bay crabbing in the Nestucca, Netarts, Tillamook and Nehalem estuaries remains fair, but should improve later this month.
Bottomfishing remains excellent and nearshore halibut (inside of 40 fathoms) is improving. Halibut can be targeted in about 90 feet of water outside the mouth of Nehalem Bay, but can also be found at random depths south of Cape Falcon. Anglers occasionally find halibut at Three-Arch Rocks near Oceanside while bottomfishing also.
Albacore have been taken in fair numbers out of Garibaldi, but ports to the south are producing better numbers. The tuna are still over 30 miles out so pick your days when the weather is cooperating. Trolled clones work the best for early season albacore, but cedar plugs and jigs will also take fish. Target clear blue water in the 60 to 62 degree range. Unlike salmon fishing, the best action doesn't necessarily take place in the morning.
District rivers are only rarely putting out spring Chinook and summer steelhead. Target fish at first light and use small baits and subtle colored spinners.
The Astoria area - Coho are finally starting to show SW of the Columbia River mouth. Although a fair percentage of the coho are wild requiring release, limits are possible for persistent anglers. Early mornings produce the best results. The Chinook bite along the Long Beach Peninsula has slowed.
Catch and release sturgeon fishing remains excellent for those using anchovies and sand shrimp. The beginning of both incoming and outgoing tides are producing the best.
Bottomfishing is holding up along the south jetty when wind and tides cooperate.
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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!