Winter steelheading on the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers remains ho-hum. Water levels are dropping and clearing, making for more challenging fishing. Fish still seem a bit sparse, but action is definitely picking up. With cold temperatures in the forecast, afternoon fishing will be most inspiring and productive in the coming days. The next 3 weeks should be the best on the Sandy, while the Clackamas River peaks a little later into March. Pro guide Jeff Stoeger reports, “Well this week, we saw a small flurry of action on the Sandy. I fished last Thursday and had a couple of chances and never connected. The report was that there was a good bite in the lower river with one bank guy limiting out with 3 hatchery fish. I heard of a couple of boats that caught 4 or 5 fish with some natives in the mix. There were fish caught in the upper river the last few days. The weather this week has played havoc with snow and ice.”
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.