Over the past two weeks, ODFW’s fish counting station at Willamette Falls has logged some of the largest daily coho counts of the past 20 years. So far, more than 7,300 adult coho salmon have crossed the falls on their way to spawning grounds in upper Willamette tributaries. The total count includes several days when nearly 1,000 coho were observed.
Ross Ellis sent in this pic of his buddies Jake Mahon (left) and JJ Kinstrey holding JJ’s first-ever sturgeon.
The fish was was caught & released while the guys were fishing squid from a driftboat on the Willamette River.
Ross & JJ are both active Coast Guard and were up in the Pacific Northwest for some training and spent their off time catching a mess of sturgeon.
JJ’s fish is entered into our Hawg of the Month Contest and you’ll get a chance to vote for him at the end of April. If he happens to win, it will be interesting to see how the boys divvy up the Yakima Bait prize pack.
Well, it’s official! The first spring Chinook salmon of the season came on Jan. 26!
According to my boys at Lamiglas, they said it was taken in the Wilamette River near Sellwood, OR.
Yes, it’s a tad early for springers and the first couple are typically taken by steelhead anglers, but let’s hope this is a good omen! Here’s to a great springer season!!!