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Date 15-Jul-16
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Conditions : CLACKAMAS RIVER: The cool, showery weather continues but the river flows have fallen a bit more in recent days with little significant change in sight. The low flows translate into the river continuing to be a drift or pontoon boat fishery with conditions too low to try and navigate in a sled safely, so boaters beware of partially submerged boulders and logs. Despite the low water anglers have had good success for summer steelhead with fish landed from Gladstone upriver to McIver Park this past week. Both boat and bank anglers have been able to get in on the action with a small number of spring Chinook mixed into the catch as the number of springers in the river appears to still be low. There have been a few Chinook landed from the bank at the old “bowling alley” hole above the 99E Bridge in Gladstone.

The boat fishery above Rivermill Dam continues to produce a few fish with anglers finding fair action on summer steelhead and an occasional spring Chinook when working the water just above the log boom or trolling a bit further upstream from the dam. Boat anglers can access the lake from a relatively new boat ramp in McIver Park.

Over 350 hatchery springers have made it up into the PGE trap below North Fork Reservoir; these fish were being recycled back downstream to provide additional fishing opportunities but are now being transported to Clackamas Hatchery for broodstock and future spawning. A great summer steelhead run is continuing with over 1,700 hatchery summers reaching the North Fork Trap and getting recycled downstream so far this spring. Clackamas Hatchery at McIver Park has their water system back online and has had a fair number of summer steelhead swim in, but Chinook counts are still low.

Anglers should note that the summer float season is now going strong so they’ll be sharing the river with rafters and tubers during the warm weather. On the busy days it becomes an early morning fishery just to avoid the recreational user crowds.

Good bank access for can be found in many locations along the river from Gladstone, Cross Park, Riverside Park, along Clackamas River Road, Carver, Barton, and McIver parks. Clackamas River Drive closely follows the river below Carver Park, but be sure to not trespass on private property. If you have a drift boat, you can put in at Riverside Park, Carver Park, Barton Park, Feldheimer’s off Springwater Road, and at both lower and upper McIver Park ramps.

USGS hydrological data for July 11 shows river flows down more at 985 cfs, with a gauge reading of 10.88 feet and the water temperature steady near 62° F. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park.

Reported by: Oregon D.F.W


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About: - Boaters will find good ramp availability at Clackamette, Riverside, Carver, Barton, Feldheimers, and McIver Park.

Bank anglers can find access to the river in the Gladstone/Cross Park area, at Carver near the mouth of Clear Creek, at Barton Park , at McIver Park near Dog Creek, and around River Mill Dam.

Boat anglers can find access to the river from boat ramps located at McIver Park , Feldheimers, Barton, Carver, Riverside , or Clackamette. Keep in mind that the lower McIver boat ramp has been improved and provides a great launch site for drift boats.

  • Chinook Salmon
  • Steelhead
  • Coho Salmon
  • Rainbow Trout

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