Hot Spot Day-use fees are waived Saturday and Sunday, and a free 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday clinic for beginning anglers will be held at Champoeg State Heritage Area. Loaner equipment, bait and expertise, along with refresh-ments will be offered. And children can take part in the Junior Rangers Program. Champoeg is five miles west of Interstate 5 from Exit 278 (Donald/Aurora). Call: (503) 678-1251, Ext. 221.
The full weekly fishing report from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is available online, along with continuously updated river-level information, via links, at: www.Statesman Journal.com
CLACKAMAS RIVER: Fishing effort has been light, even on the weekends, but creel checks show that both spring chinook and summer steelhead are being caught. Fish are spread throughout the river from McIver Park to High Rocks.
SANDY RIVER: The catch for spring chinook and summer steelhead has been fair.
WILLAMETTE RIVER: Spring chinook creel checks the past weekend: Three fish for 17 boats in the Multnomah Channel/Lower Harbor area, and three fish/10 boats near Oregon City. The sturgeon catch remained fair the past week, with a few legal-sized sturgeon taken in the St. Johns/Lower Harbor area. Shad: Oregon City was the best spot with a catch of 1,095 shad for 43 boats. There were shad checked in all sections of the river.
NESTUCCA RIVER, THREE RIVERS: Spring chinook and summer steelhead fishing are best in the lower Nestucca and upper tidewater areas.
SILETZ RIVER: Hatchery summer steelhead are showing up above Moonshine Park at the Siletz Falls Trap. Spring chinook fishing is slow.
TILLAMOOK BAY: Fishing for spring chinook is fair throughout the bay and tidewater. Fishing for sturgeon remains fair, with scattered reports of fish being caught.
WILSON, TRASK RIVERS: Fishing for spring chinook has been slow to fair. Only a few scattered summer steelhead are being caught.
COOS RIVER BASIN: Sturgeon, several surf perch species and striped bass are in tidewater.
COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: Striped bass have been caught in tidewater around Arago, Riverton, Randolph Island and next to Johnson Mill Pond.
Middle ROGUE RIVER: Fishing is fair for spring chinook.
UMPQUA RIVER: Fishing for spring chinook has dropped off as anglers have switched to smallmouth bass and shad. Shad fishing is very good, and smallmouth bass fishing is improving.
NORTH UMPQUA RIVER: Spring chinook fishing from the Narrows to Rock Creek is fair.
COLUMBIA RIVER ZONE
Salmon, steelhead, shad
Estuary Boat and Bank: Weekend checks counted five chinook and five steelhead kept, plus three chinook and one steelhead released, for 43 bank rods; and six chinook and four steelhead kept for 20 boats.
Portland-to-Longview Boat: Weekend checks counted one jack chinook kept, plus two chinook released, for 34 boats. One shad boat had no catch.
Troutdale Boats: Weekly checks counted 89 shad kept, plus 119 shad released, for 13 boats.
Gorge Boat and Bank: Weekend checks counted no catch reported for 11 salmon and steelhead bank anglers. Shad anglers kept 1,361 shad for 323 banks rods, and 637 shad were kept and 107 shad released for 14 boats.
The Dalles Pool: Weekend checks counted eight chinook kept plus nine chinook released for 26 bank rods.
John Day Pool: Weekend checks counted five chinook and one steelhead kept for nine bank rods.
Gorge Boats: Weekend checks counted 16 white sturgeon kept, plus 25 oversize and 486 sublegals released for 46 boats.
Estuary Boats: Weekend checks counted 320 white sturgeon kept, plus 12 legal, 21 oversize and 1,907 sublegals released for 389 boats.
Estuary Charter Boats: Weekly checks counted seven white sturgeon kept, plus 40 sublegal sturgeon released, for three boats.
Bonneville Pool Boat and Bank: Weekly checks counted two white sturgeon kept, plus one legal and 64 sublegals released, for 46 bank rods. Weekly checks counted one white sturgeon kept, plus 11 sublegals released, for five boats.
John Day Pool: Weekly checks counted 14 walleye kept, plus five walleye released, for 10 boats.
Perch: Fishing in coastal estuaries is improving coastwide.
Surf fishing for redtail surf perch is good coastwide, and large fish are being landing.
Jetties: Fishing has been slow coastwide.
Charters: Have been landing good catches of rockfish and lingcod.
Crabs: Bay crabbing is poor coastwide.
Clamming: Razor clamming is closed coastwide on beaches, bays and estuaries because of alert levels of domoic acid. Shellfish Hotline: (800) 448-2474.
CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: Anglers at the north end of the lake report good catches of rainbow trout in the 12- to 14-inch range. There also have been reports of brook trout running up to 3 pounds being caught.
HOOD RIVER: Steelhead fishing has been slow. Good numbers of spring chinook continue to be captured at the Powerdale Dam fish trap, but most anglers are targeting steelhead.
SPRAGUE RIVER: Fishing has been fair on flies and lures.
WILLIAMSON RIVER: Fishing for wild redband trout has been good using flies and lures.
WOOD RIVER: Fishing is fair for brown and wild redband trout on both lures and flies.
JOHN DAY RIVER: Smallmouth bass fishing is improving with warmer water temperatures.
SNAKE RIVER ZONE
BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good. Crappie bite is very spotty. Catfishing is good.
SNAKE RIVER, HELLS CANYON DAM TO THE STATE LINE: Chinook fishing is fair. Smallmouth bass, trout, and catfish fishing have been fair.