Willamette River

Willamette River, Oregon

Located Near Portland, OR


Willamette River Fishing:

The Willamette River is the 10th largest river in the lower 48 states. Stretching approximately 187 miles, the Willamete originates South of Eugene and dumps out into the Columbia River.  The Willamette is re-nowned for Chinook, Coho and Steelhead fishing and is a definite go to spot for anglers looking to experience this national treasure. Steelhead run pretty much year round and Chinook as well. Coho salmon run in the fall and offer excellent diner table fishing stories while dining on the delectable meat.

Fortunately the Willamette river offers plenty of excellent public fishing access. Click the fishing access map below to view all the Willamette river fishing access points via Google maps.


Salmonid Species:


Chinook Salmon

Silver Salmon

Coho Salmon



When to Fish

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Coho retention is generally allowed August through the end of October, While hatchery Chinook and Steelhead are open to retention year round.

**See Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife REGS for exact times.



Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 2 adult salmon or steelhead per day and up to 5 jacks per day.

**See Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife REGS for details.



Preferred Fishing Tackle:

One single point barbless hooks are required and a variety of gear is effective. Corky and yarn, Jigs or spinners, have all been known to do the trick.



Sand Shrimp, Salmon eggs, and Bait fish in the deeper areas.



Shrimp, Salmon Eggs, Fish stink.


Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location is plunking or drifting sand shrimp or eggs. next possibly a steelhead jig, or corky and yarn and lastly spinners.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Hand to Hand. Eye protection recommended in the hot spots!


Willamette River Fishing Access:

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