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Clackamas River Sponsored by
Date 09-Sep-16
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Conditions : CLACKAMAS RIVER: Weekend rains helped to bump up flows a little bit but not enough to really change fishing conditions. The river is still running low and clear and likely won’t change much with warmer, drier weather in the long range forecast. The river will still 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, gravel bars, and logs. Experienced low water anglers have been able to pick up a few late summer steelhead in the morning hours, mostly from Barton to McIver Park while late spring Chinook fishing has been poor at best.

The boat fishery above Rivermill Dam has produced an occasional fish with anglers finding some action on summer steelhead and a rare 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 boat ramp in McIver Park.

Over 600 hatchery springers have made it up into the PGE trap below North Fork Reservoir; these fish were previously being recycled back downstream to provide additional fishing opportunities but are now transported to Clackamas Hatchery for broodstock and future spawning. A good number of wild spring Chinook have also made it to the trap with that number now exceeding 2,775 fish passed upstream.

A great summer steelhead run is continuing with over 2,200 hatchery summers reaching the North Fork Trap. A number of these fish were getting recycled downstream but recently they’ve been stocked into Faraday Lake for anglers to enjoy. Clackamas Hatchery at McIver Park has their water system back online and has had a large number of summer steelhead and over 800 Chinook on hand this summer. Of note to anglers is the fact that a coho jack actually came into the hatchery trap last week. It’s way too early to get excited about coho fishing on the Clackamas but they’ll be showing up soon.

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 Sept. 6 shows river flows up at 915 cfs, with a gauge reading of 10.78 feet and the water temperature falling to near 60° 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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