Sorry it's taken so long for this report to come through. Life's been crazy busy, but I've been on the water regularly. So, how about some updates!
Weather had calmed down and allowed for a couple weeks of good saltwater fishing - just enough for everyone to get a hit, and now wanting more. If you could get out far enough, halibut was doing very well, so that was most up for the charter boat guys. Those of us in kayaks found greenling (sea trout), rockfish, and lingcod all very active and hitting all sorts of baits. There's a great single day fishing report in the forums.
Crabbing has also been fairly slow, and pressure has been low too. Nothing outside of expections there though. It'll be awhile before we get to a "month ending in R" which is when crabbing will most likely pick up the greatest.
While were talking saltwater, Oregon approved a May 29 through Sept. 6 recreational season for chinook salmon, with fishing allowed for hatchery fin-clipped coho salmon from June 26 through Sept. 6, or until 26,000 coho are landed, whichever comes first. This is one of the most substancial ocean salmon fishing seasons in many years.
Spring chinook fishing is starting to slow down on the Willamette, but picking up on coastal rivers like the Rogue. Fishing pressure is still pretty heavy. Rains the last couple days will slow fishing down, unfortunately.
Speaking of the Rogue River, anglers there are now allowed to keep both hatchery and wild chinook! see www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2010/may/051810b.asp for more info
The central Columbia area (east of Bonneville Dam) has closed to salmon fishing, but many of the tributaries are still open
If you're new to the area, check out the Pikeminnow Bounty! Pikeminnow (aka, squaw fish) are a native fish that has been targetted for "control" as it's believed they take out a large percentage of salmon fry. Yes, you can make money by catching these fish and turning them in to the state. Some guys have been known to make $45-60,000 a year! The season will run through September, check out http://www.pikeminnow.org/ for more info.
If you're into the lakes and ponds, there is EXCELLENT news! As of this weekend (may 22nd to be exact), all lakes in OR are open! ODFW has stocked well the lakes opening this weekend. All lakes in WA opened two weeks ago.
Bass are just now starting to hit the spawn. Fishing lately has been great, especially wacky rigged senkos -- but that's nothing new for Oregon.
Crappie fishing has been strong, but they're ready to spawn as well
Sturgeon fishish, where legal, has been slow at best.
But, expect some changes! American Shad are making their presence known once again. This means the chinook season is about over, sea lions will retreat Bonneville Dam, monster sturgeon will be following the shad, bass on the Columbia and Willamette will be going crazy, and fishing will be gooooood.