The Willamette River runs through Oregon and is ripe with sport-fishing opportunities. Various species call the lake home, with salmon and steelhead being part-time residents of the river. Smallmouth bass occupy the river and are popular fish among anglers. With some fore-knowledge on where the hot spots are for bass, a fishing trip on the Willamette can be successful. Be sure to have a valid Oregon fishing license prior to dropping a line into state waters.
Willamette Falls and Meldrum Bar
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Recreation Report says the areas around Willamette Falls and the Meldrum Bar yield good results with smallmouth bass. These areas have fast flowing water that is oxygen rich, which attracts smallmouth bass. In addition, if you are fishing from a boat, the ODFW reports says the area where the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers merge is a good spot for small mouth bass.
Oregon City to Milwaukee, Oregon
Fishing from below the falls at Oregon City to Milwaukee, Oregon is reported by the website www.willamette-river.com to be a very popular and common area of the river to go for bass, among other sport fish species. The same website also reports the sections between the Clackamas River to the Columbia River near St. Helens and across the river from the mouth of the Lewis river to be a productive region for smallmouths.
Fishing the lower river and sloughs around the Willamette Falls is a good spot for the spring-time warm weather species like smallmouth bass. You will be sharing these waters with anglers going for adipose species like chinook salmon and steelhead during the season as these species like the oxygen rich waters around the falls, just like the smallmouth bass.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.