Willamette River Fishing Guides

Fishing the Willamette River for
Salmon Steelhead Walleye Bass Shad

Salmon fishing, Steelhead fishing, Bass fishing, and Sturgeon fishing in the Portland area are best on the Willamette River. Bass fishing tournaments are held here every year.

Willamette River Fishing Reports

Fish year round on the Willamette River and find sections of the river where you won't see another boat for miles or fish right in the middle of beautiful downtown Portland, Oregon. Willamette river fishing guides know how to catch fish on the Willamette River so contact the Oregon fishing guides listed on this website for a great trip. All fishing charters on this website are members of NWGR (Northwest Guides & Resorts Association) so you can know that you will get a quality fishing adventure fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, Sturgeon, Shad, Walleye or even just sightseeing from the Oregon City Falls to the Columbia River.The Willamette River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 240 mi (386 km) long, in northwestern Oregon in the United States. Flowing northward between the Coastal Range and Cascade Range, the river and its tributaries form a basin called the Willamette Valley containing the largest population centers of Oregon, including Portland, which sits along both sides of the river near its mouth on the Columbia. Its lush valley is fed by prolific rainfall on the western side of the Cascades, forming one of the most fertile agricultural regions of North America that was the destination for many if not most of the emigrants along the Oregon Trail. The river was an important transportation route throughout much of the early history of the state, furnishing a means of conveying the vast timber and agricultural resources of the state to the outside world.

The Willamette rises in three separate forks in the mountains south and southeast of Eugene, at the southern end of the Willamette Valley. The Middle Fork and North Fork rise on the western side of the Cascades between Three Sisters south to Diamond Peak, with the Middle Fork receiving the North Fork northwest of Oakridge and flowing northwest through the mountains to the southern end of the Willamette Valley. The Coast Fork rises in the lower mountains south of Cottage Grove, flowing north to join the Middle Fork 2 mi (3.2 km) southeast of Eugene.

From Eugene, the combined river flows NNW across the plain of the southern Willamette Valley to Corvallis, then follows a zigzag course past Albany and around the isolated hills in the central valley, passing west of downtown Salem. From Salem it flows north in a meandering course across the northwest plain of the valley, reaching the hills at Newberg, where it turns sharply ENE along the hills, passing through an opening in the hills at Oregon City, the location of the Falls of the Willamette and the head of navigation.

Fishing Tips: How to Catch Salmon
On The Willamette River

Salmon fishing on the Columbia river with Goins Outdoor Adventures.

I'm the owner and operator of Goins Outdoor Adventures. USCG licensed, fully insured and CPR certified. I have 25 years experience fish Oregon's rivers and bays for Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon. Rivers we fish are the Columbia, Willamette, Nehalem bay, Nestucca, Wilson, Siletz, and Oregon's Northwest coast. We can accommodate groups up to 6 in a roomy Willie jet boat and up to 3 in a 17 ft Willie drift boat. We go where the fish are! Give Bruce Goins a call to get in the boat at 503-434-7691.

John Bonzer of Eugene Oregon with some Willamette River Chinook

     The river's many tributaries drain the surrounding valley and well as portions of the Cascades and the Coastal Range. Downstream from the confluence of its forks, it is joined by McKenzie on the north side of Eugene, and by the Long Tom River from the southwest approximately 10 mi (16 km) south of Corvallis. It is joined by the Calapooia from the southeast 5 mi northeast of Corvallis. It is joined by the Santiam from the east and the Luckiamute from the west within 1 mi of each other approximately 5 mi north of Albany. It is joined by the Yamhill from the west at Dayton, by the Molalla from the southeast near Canby, by the Tualatin from the west at West Linn, and by the Clackamas from the southeast at Gladstone.

Willamette River Fishing Guides

     From Oregon City it flows northwest, past Lake Oswego and Milwaukie on the south edge of Portland, then passing between east and west Portland, where it is spanned by a series of urban bridges. Downstream of downtown Portland it flows northwest through the industrial port area of Portland Harbor, then splitting into two channels around Sauvie Island, both of which hook around to enter the Columbia from the west, with the main channel entering on the north edge of Portland and the smaller Multnomah Channel entering approximately 15 mi (24 km) NNW at St. Helens.

Willamette River In Portland, Oregon

The river forms part of the boundary of the following counties: Benton, Linn, Polk, Marion, Yamhill and Clackamas. Tributaries of the Willamette River also drain some or all of Lane, Washington and Multnomah counties.
Although riverboats navigated the upstream part of the Willamette into the first decades of the 20th century, currently there is little commercial traffic on the river above the Willamette Falls. The Willamette Falls Locks allow boat traffic, primarily recreational vessels, around the falls. The river is crossed by several ferries along its route in the Willamette Valley.

Contact Willamette River Fishing Guides - Catch More Salmon!

Fishing guides and resorts with camping and RV parks for outfitters offering fishing tackle, lures and baits to Portland area fishing guides.

Oregon vacations are spent using boat rentals, Shad fishing and Salmon fishing, Steelhead fishing, Sturgeon fishing on the Willamette River.  Clackamas River fishing guides also fish for Smallmouth Bass. Walleye fishing near the Oregon City falls or Willamette River Spring Chinook is very popular.

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