Sep 12, 2016

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report (09/12/2016)


What a difference a week or two makes!  Fishing has improved dramatically on the  Deschutes River for summer steelhead.  Anglers that had been scraping by with a grab or two a day are now hitting fish with consistency.  The best action has been in the lower 15 miles of the river but there are fish scattered throughout the system now.  Fishing should continue to improve for the rest of September.

The Klickitat has been on and off the past week.  Cold nights have put the river into a low and clear state and with the Chinook Salmon piling in, steelhead fishing has been tougher than it was earlier this summer.  There are plenty of steelhead in the system but they are not super happy to be chasing flies all the time.  Guys are still picking up fish, and it is September, a.k.a. Fishtember.  There is always a good shot at a steelhead every day on the Klick.  Early mornings have been good and there is also a decent chance of hooking a salmon.

Trout fishing on the East Fork Hood River has been great lately.  My fly of choice would be an elk hair caddis, but most attractor style dry flies should work fine.  Trout Lake Creek and Eagle Creek have both been fishing well too.

Lakes are still doing very well.  September is a good time to go lake fishing.  Both ODFW and WDFW stock many lakes with jumbo trout in September.  Goose, Laurance and Lost Lakes are the go-to lakes for us, but Trillium, Clear, and Timothy are starting to fish well again as the weather cools.

Bass fishing is still good on the Columbia.  Nice bass are still eating poppers in the early mornings and evenings, while getting a streamer down towards the bottom is the key to finding them in the middle of the day.  Not much word from the John Day on bass recently, but I would suspect that it is still very good.

Flows:  The USGS sites give us real-time flows, while the NOAA site shows us predictions based on weather patterns.  Both are invaluable tools.  You can also check water temps here too...

Hood River:

Klickitat
USGS
NOAA

Deschutes near Madras:

Deschutes at the mouth:

Columbia River
Bonneville Dam Water Temps
Columbia @ Hood River (The mouth of the Hood backs up at 75 feet)

As always, we are happy to talk fishing any time.  Give us a call if you have any specific questions on local rivers, gear, and tactics, or if you just want some encouragement to get out of the office.  541.386.6977




Andrew Perrault
Columbia Gorge Fishing Reports
Gorge Fly Shop | Product Specialist
541.386.6977


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