Sellwood Bridge Project Alters Boating, Fishing on the Willamette River

Posted: January 31, 2013  |  By: Bill Monroe [The Oregonian]

The air is still, the water calm, glassy ... green.

Fogbanks wisp softly across the West Hills, testing the distant pulse of downtown Portland. Parts of buildings, the tram, vehicle lights whimsically come and go from view. A sea lion swirls on the river's surface. It is, after all, getting close to spring chinook salmon season.

But as John Shmilenko  of Portland swings his boat into the current to troll atop Sellwood's traditional honey hole, it takes a few seconds to realize the "whop-whop-whop" in my ears isn't a defective sparkplug in his trolling motor. 

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