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Portland Sturgeon Fishing: It’s Go Time!

Beautiful November Willamette River Sturgeon

November brought the changing of the seasons, with some great rain systems and also some beautiful crisp days. We’ve wrapped up a pretty amazing fall salmon season, and we’re not done fishing in 2022. It’s time to wrangle some big fish in the Portland area, where the fall rains have created some pretty nice fishing […]

Portland Keeper Sturgeon Dates Announced!

Happy lady with her Willamette River Sturgeon

Wow! Something that hasn’t happened in the Portland area since October of 2013! We have been given a keeper sturgeon season on the Willamette River. ODFW is allowing sturgeon retention on 2 Saturdays, June 20th and June 27th, 2020. Fishery managers have decided to do a test run for a summer retention season. With everything […]

Willamette River Fishing-Salmon Run Building Steam

A nice Willamette River Spring Chinook caught with guide Lance Fisher

The Willamette River is still a side note with most everyone in the region focusing on the Big C. All that will come to an end shortly, but for some, the confines of the Willamette are treating them just fine. While fishing the Big River yesterday a friend of mine and client sent me a […]

2015 Willamette River Spring Chinook Expectations

a man holding a nice spring chinook under the glen jackson bridge in oregon city

I love fishing for Spring Chinook on the Willamette River. It offers some of the more technical fishing that I do all year and it’s close to home to boot! ODFW managers met last week, compared all their notes and offered up their prediction for the upcoming 2015 Spring Chinook run. 55,400 fish is the number […]

Willamette River Salmon Fishing- Video 517

A nice Salmon caught May 17 by a young man on the Willamette River.

Have I ever told you how much fun we have on my boat? Excuse me, but I’m not sure I could be more fortunate than to be able to share days with the families, friends and business associates that I do. On this particular day, one of my guests, Robert Leary of Robert Leary Consulting […]

Willamette River Spring Salmon: Half-day fishing trips

A nice angle of a young man and Willamette River Spring Chinook

One of the great attractions to our Willamette River Spring Salmon fishing  is the close proximity to the places where many of us live and work. It’s this convenience that allows me to offer half-day evening trips for the upcoming month of Spring Salmon fishing on the Willy. The afternoon looks something like this- Grab […]

April rains equal great fishing for Willamette River Spring Salmon in May

A group of people with a bunch of Salmon caught on the Willamette River with guide, Lance Fisher

This past week heavy rains made the Spring Chinook fishing interesting on the Willamette River. The fishing was getting interesting and I was getting the temperature of the eggs dialed in and bamo. At one point on Wednesday morning it felt like we got 5 inches in 5 minutes. It was an amazing deluge and […]

Willamette River Spring Chinook Salmon fishing off to a good start

A beautiful Willamette River Spring Chinook Salmon and the girl that caught it

Early Willamette River Spring Chinook Salmon fishing is generally hit and miss. Too much water, too little water or worse yet, no fish period. I typically steelhead fish the last couple weeks of March as the steelhead fishing is generally good and early Springer fishing is, well, hit and miss. This past week while I […]

Willamette River Spring Chinook Forecast- Little Bird Report

willamette river spring chinook

Here’s the inside scoop on the 2014 Willamette River Spring Chinook run With the media work I do I’m always mining  for the latest in fish and wildlife news. Some of the info I get from news releases, but the best information usually comes from a network of little birds that I’ve been fortunate enough […]

A New Life for Willamette River Springers

Not exactly a banner year for Willamette River Springers, but the perfect antidote for bad fishing is often supplied by mother nature. The cool temperatures that we’ve experienced in the PNW for the last couple weeks have cooled water tempertures to the point where the fishery is back and could I say- better than ever? […]