CLACKAMAS RIVER: The heavy rain showers late last week and into the weekend managed to keep the Clackamas River flows nearly unchanged for the past few days. Regardless, the river is still very low as it approaches summertime flows and is forecast to drop a bit more by the coming weekend. The low flows mean the Clackamas is a drift or pontoon boat fishery with conditions too low to try and navigate in a sled safely so beware of partially submerged boulders and logs. Anglers have still found 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 an occasional spring Chinook mixed into the catch.
The boat fishery above Rivermill Dam continues to produce fish with anglers finding good action on summer steelhead and a few springers 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.
A couple hundred hatchery springers have made it all the way up into the PGE trap below North Fork Reservoir; these fish are then being recycled back downstream to provide additional fishing opportunities. A very good summer steelhead run is continuing with over 1,100 hatchery summers reaching the North Fork Trap and getting recycled downstream so far this spring. Clackamas Hatchery at McIver Park has been without water for several days as improvements were made to the pump system but work was completed on Friday and the water is once again flowing into hatchery ponds and Dog Creek.
Anglers should note that school is now in summer recess and theyll be sharing the river with rafters and tubers when the warm weather sets in. 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, Feldheimers off Springwater Road, and at both lower and upper McIver Park ramps.
USGS hydrological data for June 20 shows river flows unchanged at 1,300 cfs, with a gauge reading of 11.28 feet and the water temperature cooling off near 56° F. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park.