The river is high but dropping

Clackamas River - Estacada, OR (Clackamas County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

The river is high but dropping. Recent rains should have brought new fish into the system.

We are now past our peak for winter steelhead returns. Thought there are still fish throughout the river, most of them are darker and ready to spawn. It is still early in the run, but anglers have caught both summer steelhead and spring Chinook.

Anglers would do best to check river levels before heading to the river. Fresh fish should be entering the system with each passing rain event for the next several months.

Though fishing effort has decreased over the last couple weeks, as the river has been on the drop, anglers have been consistently finding fish near the mouth of Dog Creek at the hatchery. 

Flow and visibility on the Clackamas will be affected by each passing front and change in snow levels.

USGS hydrological data readings from the Estacada gauge near Milo McIver State Park. Hydrologic data and river forecasts can also be accessed on the NOAA/National Weather Service NW River Forecast Center -- NW River Forecast Center.

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