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Date 28-Aug-14
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Conditions : CLACKAMAS RIVER: Week after week it’s the same story on the Clackamas, and most other local rivers; low flows and getting lower. And with no real rainfall in the forecast these conditions will continue for several more days. 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. With summer in full swing the recreational rafters have been out in big numbers so fishing should be done at first light in the morning or late evening around dusk. When school is back in session next week the rafting crowd should decrease on weekdays.

Clackamas River anglers are waiting for the first coho to show up in the lower section near Gladstone, but the low water could delay this fishery. Look for the first coho to pass the ladder at Willamette Falls and figure a few will be in the lower Clackamas.

Summer steelhead and spring Chinook are the primary target in late August; summers can be found throughout the river, particularly in 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. 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. 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.

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.

Monday hydrological data shows flows down to 779 cfs, a gauge reading in Estacada of 10.67 ft., and the water temperature still fairly warm at 63°.

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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