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Date 25-Sep-14
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Conditions : CLACKAMAS RIVER: The water is low, clear, and warm. Rain is in the forecast this week, if it materializes coho will move into the river and summer steelhead activity will increase. There have been few boat anglers out on the river as it’s primarily a drift boat or pontoon boat fishery; those that try will likely be out pushing their boats through the thin spots. Now that school is back in session the rafting crowd should dwindle on weekdays but there could still be fairly heavy crowds over weekends.

While days are still warm, nights are cooling off which will trigger movement of coho into the Clackamas River. There have been reports of a few coho being caught this past week. Expect fish numbers to increase as water temperatures continue to cool.

Coho and summer steelhead are the primary target in mid September; coho and summers can be found throughout the river. Coho will bite if targeted when they are moving, Concentrate on riffles, pocket water, or holding areas adjacent to long stretches of fast water. Summers should be concentrated the reach from Carver up to McIver Park where acclimation ponds are found and recycled fish are available. Folks fishing up around McIver Park have been hooking an occasional summer or springer, mainly near Dog Creek and just below the dam; the small number of boat anglers out have had some limited success working the water from McIver to Barton. Any spring Chinook landed this late in the season will be of marginal quality at best.

The warm water and low flows make it very challenging this time of year and it’s become mostly a hardware fishery with spoons or spinners producing results. Fresh coho will fall to eggs fished under a bobber or behind a diver. Bank anglers working around Cazadero and above Faraday are also landing a few fish. Anglers should make note that an angling deadline is clearly marked up near Rivermill Dam and the fishway; it is illegal to fish or even cast above this deadline.

Tuesday hydrological data shows flows slightly lower than last week at 670cfs, a gauge reading in Estacada of 10.48 ft., and the water temperature still fairly warm at 57.5°F.

Of note for anglers is that recycled fish were captured at the North Fork fish trap or Clackamas Hatchery, taken downstream and released at Riverside and Carver parks, typically, every week through July. There have been several reports come in of these recycled summers being caught since these fish are typically marked with “floy” tags near their dorsal fin and have an ODFW phone number and the point of origin of the fish. Anglers who catch these fish are asked to call the information in; though it is not required, it is appreciated.

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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