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With warm, dry weather in the forecast, this will be a good weekend for fishing. Dry conditions will leave river levels low and challenging, but warmer temperatures will help put trout on the bite in lakes and ponds.

• After a few days for drier weather, look for crabbing to pick up in the bays and estuaries.

• The Kilchis has a late season run of Chinook, and there are still a few bright fish entering the Wilson.

• The first group of winter steelhead are starting to trickle into north and mid-coast rivers, including North Fork Nehalem, Necanicum, Alsea and the Lower Columbia tributaries.

• Trout anglers have been catching recently stocked fish, as well as holdovers, in Bradley and Butterfield lakes.

• With mild temperatures in the forecast, this would be a good weekend to hit Diamond and Hemlock lakes and Lake in the Woods.

• Summer steelhead fishing continues to be very good in the middle and upper Rogue.

• The first winter steelhead have arrived in the Clackamas and Sandy rivers.

• Trout fishing has been good in the Crooked, Fall and Metolius rivers.

• Trout fishing at Cottonwood Meadow Lake has been very good. Fall fishing should continue to be good until snow limits access.

• The Klamath River from J.C. Boyle Dam to J.C Boyle Powerhouse usually fishes well this time of year.

• Trout are active and available in Marr Pond and Kinney Lake. With warmer temperatures in the forecast, fishing should be good this weekend.

• Trout fishing has been good on the Wallowa River with some fish to 18 inches.

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