After a prolonged period of dry, cold weather, rain has finally settled in and will change the springer friendly dynamic of the Willamette River. The river is well on its way to cresting, and with it, plenty of woody debris and turbid water. Spring Chinook fishing is on hold for the foreseeable future.
Steelhead action has remained sub-par for this time of year. Cold weather didn’t inspire the bite, but both the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers were shy of anglers and steelhead this week. The winds on the Sandy have been brutal and one renowned Sandy River steelhead guide claims it’s the worst season he’s ever seen so far. At least there aren’t many sea lions working the river.
Both the Sandy and Clackamas should drop into ideal shape by the weekend. If the weather cooperates, it should be a fair week for steelheaders on both systems, warmer weather will aid the bite as well.
The big news out of agency headquarters is the banner fall coho return managers are expecting. Upwards of one million returning adults may come back to Oregon waters later this year, with a large percentage of them headed to the Columbia River and its tributaries. The Clackamas and Sandy Rivers should have robust opportunity come September.
Pro guide Jeff Stoeger reports “Well I hope that everyone was able to deal with the snow and cold weather. Fishing has been so so depending on who you talk too. There were some fish caught in the lower Sandy River this last week and the river is dropping in temperature with this all the snow and rain. The river didn’t take a big bounce with the snow and rain. The freezing level has been down below 500 to 1000 ft out in the east county. There have been a few guys that have made the track and have found fish in the upper and lower river. Please be safe when you decide to head out and let friends and family members know where you’re going. I have a friend that went out yesterday and caught a real nice hatchery hen that went about 9lbs. I also heard of that the lower river below Dabney that there was a few fish caught in the lower section of the river.”
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.