Clackamas and Sandy River anglers are gearing up for better catches in the coming weeks. Steelhead on both systems are starting to show with more frequency with some quality fish over 10 pounds coming from both river systems recently.
The Sandy should have hatchery fish from Cedar Creek to Lewis and Clark Park, with the best action happening from Lewis and Clark Park upstream to Oxbow Park. Pro guide Jeff Stoeger of O2BFISHN guide service reports, “I hope that everyone is doing well and that you had the opportunity to get out and do a little fishing. My report is that the Sandy River is fishing slow. I had the opportunity to get out and fish last week and all I can tell you is that we had one take down on a plug and we couldn’t put in the boat. There is little boat action from Oxbow to Dabney Park. Just a heads up Dabney Park will be closed for the next couple of days due to a few trees that had blown over in the park and in the parking lot. The most action has been from fly guys in floating from Dodge to Oxbow Park with a few fish being caught and bank guys up near Cedar Creek area.”
With permission from The Guide’s Forecast, we will be providing the Oregon Fishing Reports for the Sandy River watershed. You can see more of Jeff’s report and an upcoming forecast for the Sandy River and Northwest Oregon by reading the Oregon Fishing Reports found at The Guides’ Forecast.
River levels have fluctuated within reason, keeping systems fishable for the foreseeable future. The weekend should hold promise, although we’re still a few weeks away from more consistent catches. As a general rule, higher flows call for larger offerings, lower flows require a more subtle approach.