Running roughly 180 miles in length the Willamette River is a major tributary of the Columbia River. The river meets up with the Columbia near Portland and is one of the most popular fisheries in Oregon. It is most well-known for its spring Chinook which run from March through June. There is also a summer steelhead run that happens at the same time as the springers. Other species available on the river include sturgeon, coho, and shad. The Willamette Falls Dam near Oregon City is the first major dam and is located on the main stem of the river. Most of the fishing takes place from there to the mouth near Portland. The river is primarily fished from boat but there is some access for bank anglers.