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Clackamas River Sponsored by
Date 27-Apr-17
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Conditions : CLACKAMAS RIVER: After a few nice days of spring fishing weather, the Clackamas is running high and muddy again following a week of heavy rains and a spike in flows and more of the same in the immediate future. Meanwhile the returns to Clackamas Hatchery have been a bit low but enough fish have come in that the hatchery was able to complete it’s spawning of winter steelhead last week. As of Monday the hatchery has seen about 425 winters return to the holding pond.

When the water drops and clears, try switching to smaller gear such as jigs and beads/single eggs drifted under a bobber. Be willing to move around on your day of fishing as staying in one spot may lead you to miss fish all together. Barton Park provides access to substantial bank fishing throughout winter.

Boat anglers also should concentrate on the lower river from Barton to Carver and Carver to Clackamette as large groups of fish are known to hold in deeper pools. As winter progresses through February begin to move upstream to the Feldheimer to Barton and Barton to Carver section. March is typically the best month for fishing in the upper section of the lower river from McIver Park to Feldheimer.

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 April 25 shows river flows nearly doubled from last week at 7,490 cfs, with a gauge reading of 15.04 feet and the water temperature holding around 44°. 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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