Winter steelhead can currently be found throughout the system

Clackamas River - Estacada, OR (Clackamas County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Winter steelhead can currently be found throughout the system and bright fish are still being caught by anglers. Reports of the occasional summer steelhead being picked up are also beginning to surface and the first batch of spring Chinook are likely already in the river. Fishing pressure has died off a bit, but there are plenty of reasons to get out and fish.‌

The winter steelhead return continues to be excellent on the Clackamas River. The current run prediction is for over 4,000 returning adults. Only in 1962 and 1971 have we had more than 3,000 unmarked winter steelhead return to the trap. ‌

Creel on the Clackamas River started April 30. Most bank fishing is focused near Dog Creek. The boats are fishing mostly Barton to Carver Park. ‌

Preliminary catch/effort estimates for Clackamas River (Rivermill Dam-Hwy 99 Bridge), April 30 - May 12:

79 boats

  • Chinook- 0 kept, 0 released
  • Steelhead- 26 kept, 13 released

239 bank anglers

  • Chinook- 0 kept, 0 released
  • Steelhead- 37 kept, 0 released

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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