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Date 01-Oct-15
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Conditions : SANDY RIVER: Local anglers are anxiously waiting to see if rain predicted this week will improve conditions on the Sandy and bring a few coho into the system. It usually doesn’t take much to get the fish on the move so have the gear ready for some fall coho opportunities. If rainfall doesn’t materialize then it will be the same old story on the Sandy for a few more days with water levels extremely low, as it’s been the entire summer

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. The numbers of hatchery fish that have shown up in the ODFW trap on the Bull Run River are very close to production goals so there are Chinook around.

Sandy River on Sept. 14 shows flows at 308 cfs with a gauge reading of 7.63 feet. The water temperature is down near 54° now so we’ve seen big improvement on that front.Fishing for Chinook is now closed until Oct. 15 to protect spawning adults, but steelhead are still available to anglers, mostly in the upper sections. A recent surge in migrating adult summer steelhead over Willamette Falls provide some action in lower sections of the river as well. In addition, coho are beginning to show up in the basin as well. As a reminder, fishing for coho below the Stayton-Scio bridge is open year-round, but above the bridge is closed to coho angling until Oct. 15. Since this is peak spawning time for adult Chinook, anglers are reminded to avoid targeting or approaching actively spawning fish in order to minimize stress.

When the ‘bite’ is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below Packsaddle Park (near the Minto Fish Facility) is open year-round to hatchery steelhead. Trout fishing opened May 23. Anglers are allowed to keep up to 5 fin-clipped trout per day through Oct. 31.

River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (currently the Mehama gauge is around 1,430 cfs as of Sept. 14

Above Detroit - This section of the river is currently open to trout fishing and will remain open until Oct. 31. The river received its final stocking of 3,000 legal size rainbow trout for the year the last week of July. Holdover and resident trout can be found throughout the river. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day.

South Fork - Chinook fishing is now closed on the South Santiam, but there are still summer steelhead available to the angler, including several hundred new fish that have only recently arrived in the basin.

Best sections to fish are from Wiley Creek to Pleasant Valley boat ramps, around Waterloo County Park, and from Lebanon down to the confluence with the North Santiam. Extra water from upstream reservoirs have been released in recent days causing a small increase in flows up to 1,100 cfs at Waterloo.

Since this is peak spawning time for adult Chinook, anglers are reminded to avoid targeting or approaching actively spawning fish in order to minimize stress.

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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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