Where can I fish for steelhead on the Clackamas River?

Try the mouths of Eagle Creek, Dog Creek (McIver State Park) and Clear Creek (Carver), which also are go-to spots when the big Clackamas is high and mud-colored. There are additional spots to fish at High Rocks (Gladstone), Riverside Park (Clackamas) and River Mill Dam (Estacada).

Where can I bank fish on the Clackamas River?

Clackamas River. Good bank fishing at Cross Park and nearby High Rocks. Other good bank fishing spots on the Clackamas include Carver near the mouth of Clear Creek, along Clackamas River Road, at Bonnie Lure Park.

Is the Clackamas River open for fishing?

Clackamas River Open all year for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead. Combined daily limit of 3 hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead per day. Use of bait allowed.

What can you fish for in the Clackamas River?

For up-to-date numbers, see Daily Fish Counts.

  • Summer steelhead. Summer steelhead were first introduced to the Clackamas River in 1970 to enhance sport fishing opportunity.
  • Winter steelhead. There are 2 stocks of winter steelhead in the Clackamas.
  • Coho salmon.
  • Spring Chinook.
  • Fall Chinook.
  • Sea-run cutthroat trout.
  • Bull Trout.

What type of fish are in the Clackamas River?

The river is open to fishing all year for trout, hatchery Chinook salmon, hatchery steelhead, and wild steelhead over 24 inches. Use of bait allowed April 22 – Oct 31, but beginning Nov. 1 anglers may only use lures and artificial flies. In addition to five hatchery trout, two wild trout may be kept daily.

What fish are in the Clackamas River?

Where is the best place to fish in a lake?

If you plan to fish on a natural lake, look for spots along the shoreline that contain patches of aquatic vegetation such as lily pads or reeds. Any areas where you notice a change in the type or thickness of vegetation are good spots to focus on.

Why can’t I catch steelhead?

Steelhead prefer water that is a few (at least 2-3) feet deep, that is moving at a brisk pace. Swollen flood waters will make it hard to find fish. If the water becomes too shallow, the fish won’t will keep moving and not rest there, because they are too exposed.

Are there trout in the Clackamas River?

The Upper Clackamas has miles and miles of outstanding fly water. You’ll find mostly cutthroat trout, whitefish and rainbow trout, both in the main stem and the tributaries all the way to the headwaters in the Olallie Basin.

Are there leeches in the Clackamas River?

The Western Brook Lamprey occurs throughout the Willamette Basin, while the endemic Pacific Brook Lamprey is apparently unique to the lower Clackamas River. All the species are now rare, protected species in Oregon. Development in the Willamette Valley, and elsewhere, has been hard on lampreys.

Is the Clackamas River off limits to fishing?

The Clackamas River system above the Faraday Diversion Dam (Cazadero) and North Fork Reservoir once had a nice fishery for hatchery summer steelhead but today are off-limits to all salmon and steelhead fishing, where wild runs are being restored.

What kind of salmon are in the Clackamas River?

The Clackamas is on our list of Best Spring Chinook Fishing Near Portland. In the fall, Chinook are present but this is not a major harvest fishery. Clackamas River Coho Salmon Fishing However, coho salmon at times can offer a spirited, if short-lived, fishing opportunity in the late summer and early fall.

Is the Clackamas River affected by the fire?

Note: Parts of the Clackamas River drainage (mostly upriver from Estacada) were impacted by the terrible 2020 fire season. These may include boat access sites. We recommend that you check for the latest access and fishing conditions before planning a trip into this area.

Where is the ranger station on the Clackamas River?

To reach this area, you can take Ripplebrook Road or NF 57 near Ripplebrook Ranger Station and reach the area above Harriet in about 15 minutes or so. The full drive to this area is about an hour and a half from Portland following the Clackamas River upstream through Estacada.