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Sandy River Sponsored by
Date 28-Aug-15
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Conditions : SANDY RIVER: There’s nothing new to report for the Sandy River with water levels extremely low, as it’s been the entire summer. Angler effort has been very light due to the poor fishing conditions, with only a scattering of folks out in the early morning hours. The mouth of the Salmon River is seeing a bit of activity with rumors of an occasional fish being hooked. The warm weather is aiding in the milky glacier-melt color which will likely persist until the weather cools and even the Zig Zag River is showing signs of glacial melt and silt.

Steelhead returns are below average this summer, although a few are still being hooked, mainly above Dabney Park. A few late summers should be in the river from Cedar Creek downstream, with the best areas for hooking steelhead being near Cedar Creek, Dodge Park, and Revenue. Spring Chinook are also available but the challenging water conditions will test even the most skilled angler.

If you’re targeting spring Chinook, get going early in the morning and concentrate your efforts in the lower river below Dodge Park. Springers are acclimated near the mouth of the Bull Run River and lower flows should cause fish to hold below Dodge Park. Several dozen of these fish have shown up in the ODFW trap on the Bull Run River so there are Chinook around.

Sandy River on Aug. 24 shows flows at 304 cfs with a gauge reading of 7.62 feet. The water temperature, which has fallen some as the nights are cooler and longer, is holding near 58° in the morning hours.

Reported by: Oregon D.F.W


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About: - Sandy River Access for anglers exists from the many parks along the river including Lewis and Clark, Dabney, Oxbow, or Dodge. Another popular spot is the Cedar Creek area near the hatchery.

Access to the river can be gained from many parks including Lewis and Clark, Dabney, Oxbow, and Dodge. Bank access is also available to the Cedar Creek area at the Sandy Hatchery. When fishing the Oxbow Park area, remember that there is no angling from a floating device upstream from a point that is 200 feet below the Oxbow Park boat ramp.

  • Chinook
  • Coho
  • Steelhead

Misc Info: - SANDY RIVER : There is a regulation change for the Sandy River , prohibiting angling from a floating device upstream from 200 feet below the Oxbow Park boat ramp. Look for posted signs at the site for further clarification.


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