CLACKAMAS RIVER: Unfortunately for anglers the rainfall of last week was not that significant and certainly did little to bring river flows up or move fish in. The Clackamas continues to be low and clear, although water temperatures have come down nicely.
Most of the summer steelhead and late spring Chinook will be found above Barton and on up to Rivermill Dam. Look for springers to be holding in the cooler, deeper pools. Any Chinook caught this late into the season are bound to be of questionable quality, if not spawned out. The summer steelhead numbers this year have been less than stellar so hooking into one can be tough but there are a few decent looking fish around.
There is some precipitation in the weekend forecast so if we do get decent rains the coho anglers out there should try working the Willamette around the Clackamas mouth and on up past Gladstone and into Carver. There are a few coho in the river though the numbers arent impressive; they will improve with rain.
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 landowners properties.
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. Boaters beware that the low water conditions can make a few spots tough to maneuver through.
Sept. 21 shows river flows up some at 835 cfs, with gauge reading of 10.67 feet and the water temperature down another couple degrees at 57°. All of the readings come from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park.