The Sandy has been producing fair to good catches this week, although anglers are fall to the mercy of the Columbia River Gorge’s east wind. It makes for a bitterly cold experience, but quality steelhead have been falling to experienced anglers as of late. It’s peak season on the Sandy and action should hold up well for the next 2 weeks.
Pro guide Jeff Stoeger reports, “Well I hope that if you have the chance to get out and fish, now is the time. Fishing has pick up and has been good. The river is running on the low side with all this cold weather and snow. I’ve fished Monday and Thursday and did very well. I went 3 for 4 and Thursday I went 3 for 3 all native fish. The fish have been on the large size.
Oxbow to Dabney has also been very productive. The brood stock program is going well and almost has all the number of fish for the program. Bank anglers are doing well and will continue to for spinners also have been good retrieved slowly.
If you do catch a native fish please use the best care possible. Please don’t drag them up on the bank. If possible please release as quick as possible for these fish are, our future.
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.