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Molalla River Sponsored by
Date 16-Aug-17
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Conditions : MOLALLA RIVER: Molalla River water seems to have found a bottom as flows were nearly unchanged in the past week, still making for challenging fishing as anglers go out chasing late spring Chinook. There have been reliable reports that 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.

The Willamette Falls spring Chinook passage began improving considerably in late May, showed some steady numbers through early July and is now slowing down as expected in mid-August. However with the surprising Chinook passage counts there are certainly a number of these fish headed back to the Molalla River as acclimation pond returns. Through August 10 the number of springers passing upstream at the falls in Oregon City stood at 34,144 adults and 2,438 jacks, while the winter steelhead counts ended May 31 at a very low 822 total.

USGS hydrological data for Aug. 14 has river flows at 70 cfs and a gauge reading of 9.54 feet. All of the readings come from the Canby gauge.

Reported by: Oregon D.F.W

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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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