The author of, among other books, Fishing Oregon and Outlaw Tales of Oregon, Jim Yuskavitch has been a freelance writer, editor, and photographers since 1993. Prior to that he was associate editor of Trout Magazine, the national publication of Trout Unlimited. He lives in Sisters, Oregon.
II. Tips and Advice
Basic information on fishing in the greater Portland area, overview of available fish species and habitat preferences along with a discussion of anadromous fish run timing and some general fishing advice relating to the fishing locations highlighted in the book. Also reviewed would be angling license and tag requirements, and some important regulations such as those dealing with wild versus hatchery fish.
III. Northwest of Portland
1. Multnomah Channel, Willamette River
Opportunities for salmon, steelhead, shad, sturgeon, bass, walleye, catfish and perch about 40 minutes from Portland.
2. Gilbert River, Sauvie Island
Walleye, catfish, sturgeon and bass 50 minutes from Portland.
3. Smith and Bybee Lakes
Located about 15 minutes from downtown Portland, crappie, bullhead, bass, bluegill and perch.
4. Willamette and Columbia Rivers, Kelly Point Park
Good angling opportunities for sturgeon, salmon and steelhead at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, 25 minutes from Portland.
IV. Southwest of Portland
5. St. Louis Ponds
Rainbow trout and a variety of warmwater fish 50 minutes from Portland.
6. Henry Hagg Lake
Trout, bass, crappie and perch. A 60-minute drive from Portland.
7. Pudding River
Cutthroat trout, with small stream fishing opportunities in its tributaries. 45 minutes from Portland.
8. Gales Creek
A first-rate and accessible winter steelhead and trout stream 45 minutes from Portland.
9. Tualatin River at Cook Park
Good opportunities to use a float tube or pontoon boat to catch bass. About 20 minutes from Portland.
10. Willamette River at George Rogers Park
Catch a variety of Willamette River warmwater species where Oswego Creek flows into the main river. 20 minutes from Portland.
11. North Fork Yamhill River
Nice, small stream angling for native, wild cutthroat trout 45 minutes from Portland.
V. Southeast of Portland
12. Clackamas River at Carver Park
A 30-minute drive from Portland. Fish available, depending upon the time of year, includes Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead, along with rainbow trout.
13. Clackamas River at Milo McIver Park
Chinook and coho salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout. It is a 55-minute drive from Portland.
14. Sandy River at Oxbow Park
Excellent bank and wading access 50 minutes from Portland to fish for Chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead.
15. Sandy River at Sandy Hatchery
A 50-minute drive and 30-minute hike to the Sandy River to catch steelhead and Chinook and coho salmon.
16. Eagle Creek at Bonnie Lure Park
Another top, easily accessible Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead stream 45 minutes from Portland.
17. Molalla River
A spring Chinook and winter steelhead stream 50 minutes from Portland.
18. Clackamette Park, Willamette River
Fishing for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and warmwater species at the junction of the Willamette and Clackamas rivers 25 minutes from Portland.
19. Estacada Lake
A reservoir on the Clackamas River 50 minutes from Portland offers fishing for steelhead, trout, and coho and Chinook salmon.
20. Sandy River at Lewis and Clark State Park
Fishing for salmon and steelhead where the Clackamas River enters the Columbia River, 25 minutes from Portland.
VI. Northeast of Portland
Nearby Fishing in Washington State
A brief overview of nearby fishing opportunities across the state line including licensing and tag requirements, and other considerations of note to non-resident anglers.
The essential fly-fishing guide to Greater Portland, Oregon