Monthly Newsletter January 2012



Dear Sportsman,    Roger Johnson & Grandson, Lonny

We had a very good fall salmon season. My customers caught a lot of Coho and Chinook salmon. Our biggest Chinook was 43 pounds. Even though Roger Johnson lost an even bigger King salmon than pictured, he had a great time on his other trips. We’re looking for a good Winter Steelhead and Sturgeon season now underway on the Willamette, Clackamas and Sandy Rivers. The Sandy River Winter Steelhead is a late-arriving species. A few early winters have been landed between Dodge Park and the lower river. There is good bank access along the river at Dabney, Oxbow, Dodge and Cedar Creek Parks. (Continued on next page)


Check our upcoming details for the Pre-national Fishing Day Event

      Hosted by Professional Guide Whitewater Willy &

                     The Association of Northwest Steelheaders &

      Have Fun and learn about all kinds of fishing and boating from experts.

      Games and prizes for kids!

      (Free fishing for everyone on National Fishing Day)

Joining this Association is a great way for families and kids to get interested in fishing and learning a lot of new things. Be taught by the experts in fishing and have a great time at the meetings, lots of fun for everyone. The membership is minimal or come as a guest. Call the Association at (503)653-4176 for answers to your questions and for locations nearest you. I personally started with the association back in the early 1970’s and am a current member of the Newberg Chapter. When you go or call, tell them Pro-guide Whitewater Willy suggested you contact them!  

A Better Catch Guide Service is offering a monthly contest for guided fishing trips and other prizes for the most customer referrals and emails address you send into us of potential fishing customers.  To enter, just email back to, stating you want to enter our monthly referral contest.

Be sure to enter and Win! 


You could catch fish like this!


A few early winters have been landed between Dodge Park and the lower river. There is good bank access along the river at Dabney, Oxbow, Dodge and Cedar Creek Parks. The Sandy River has always been one of my favorite local Steelhead Rivers. We started out the month of December without much rain and are just now starting to make up for it. Once river flows begin to drop, expect Steelhead fishing to improve dramatically. The weekends will be an ideal time to get out and test the waters!  I was just out Steelhead and Sturgeon fishing yesterday at Oregon City and a few winters were landed, with some success found in the stretch between Barton and Riverside. Anglers using the bobber and jig method or small amounts of fresh eggs seemed to have the best success.  Although overall the catch rates were pretty slow for steelhead, we did do much better for sturgeon on the Willamette River. Of course, you can’t keep any of the sturgeon from the head of the Multnomah Channel to Oregon City yet. I have been hearing that the Willamette River is doing better than the Columbia for Sturgeon which is scheduled to be open for keepers February, 2012. Steelhead fishing in Three Rivers and the lower Nestucca River is slow to fair, and I’m looking forward to getting busy with my favorite bait to on these rivers--fresh sand shrimp.

Winter Steelhead fishing is starting to improve on the Siletz and fish can be found throughout the river. This week’s rain should bring in more fish and move them up river. Bobber and jig plunking or throwing lures are effective tactics during the right conditions.

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