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Date 05-Oct-17
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Conditions : MOLALLA RIVER: Molalla River fishing conditions are looking fairly decent right now although the light rain over this past weekend did little as flows have dropped slightly over the past week. We’re at the very tail end of springer season on the Molalla but there have been reliable reports that some late season springers are holding up in the area below Trout Creek; these fish are surely returning adults from the annual 100,000 smolt acclimation pond releases of two or three years ago. This late into the season the quality of any spring Chinook caught will be marginal at best as spawning season is upon us. It’s possible that a few coho could swing into the lower Molalla as they move up the Willamette River. Otherwise this is kind of an in-between time for the river, with Chinook about over for 2017 and it being too early for any winter steelhead to be found.

The Willamette Falls spring Chinook passage began improving considerably in late May, then showed some steady numbers through early July but as of Aug. 15 springer counts have ended for the 2017 season. However, with the surprising spring Chinook passage counts there were certainly a number of these fish headed back to the Molalla River as acclimation pond returns. Through the final count date of Aug. 15 the number of springers passing upstream at the falls in Oregon City stood at 34,186 adults and 2,442 jacks, while the winter steelhead counts ended May 31 at a very low 822 total.

USGS hydrological data for Oct. 2 has river flows down at 110 cfs and a gauge reading of 9.87 feet. All of the readings come from the Canby gauge.

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Misc Info: - Anglers can find substantial bank access opportunities at Knight’s Bridge, Canby Community Park (w/boat ramp), Goods Bridge, Wagon Wheel Park (w/boat ramp), Meadowbrook Bridge (access on both sides of river, w/boat slide on south side), Freyer Park (w/boat ramp), The Cedars (ODFW property w/unimproved boat ramp), and the BLM/Weyerhaueser mainline road going up the Molalla upstream of the confluence with the North Fork of the Molalla River.

Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures only with the exception of May 15-July 15 when use of bait is allowed.

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