McKenzie River

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS
Blue River
blw Tidbits Ck
N/A 7 30 year
Blue River
Blue River
6 pm 5.37/1020 ⇓ 42.6 7 30 year
forecast
Mohawk
Springfield
7 pm 4.59/971 ↓ 7 30 year
forecast
S Fk McKenzie
abv Cougar Lk
5 pm 6.59/1530 ↓ 42.8 7 30 year
forecast
S. Fk. McKenzie
nr Rainbow
6 pm 3.20/2070 43.5 7 30 year
McKenzie
blw Clear Lk
6 pm 3.92/964 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
blw Trail Br Dam
6 pm 7.69/1920 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
Vida
6 pm 3.89/7970 ⇓ 44.4 7 30 year
forecast
McKenzie
Leaburg
6 pm 6.99/6270 ↓ 7 30 year
McKenzie
Walterville
6 pm 5.21/6760 ⇓ 7 30 year
McKenzie
abv Hayden Br
6 pm 55.71/9180 7 30 year
McKenzie
Coburg
6 pm 11.27/10300 ↓ 7 30 year

 

What to Expect in March

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Blue-winged olive
March brown
Spotted caddis
Green caddis
McKenzie caddis
Golden stonefly
Salmonfly
Small black stonefly
Midge

Hatches divided by half-month.
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

 

Most of the good fishing is in the lower river and in the Willamette below its confluence with the McKenzie. Look for midday hatches of March browns in moderately-paced water that is within a hundred yards or so of a good-sized riffle. Nymphs grow-up in the riffle, then migrate to quieter water (upstream or downstream) just before hatching. Size 12-14 brown Comparaduns and CDC Cripples work well during the hatch.

Besides the March browns, a few little brown stoneflies may be around, and watch for hatching or egg-laying caddis . The caddis tend to be present on sunny days when the March browns are no-shows. A size 16 Adams works dandy when the caddis are around. Sometimes it works great when NOTHING is around and NO trout are dimpling the surface; go figure.

Blue-winged olives are another March event here, so be prepared with Sparkle Duns and similar imitations. Sometimes a small, dark Soft Hackle will take trout when nothing works on the surface.

You'll need a boat to fish the McKenzie because private homes line the river banks.

The Willamette just below its confluence with the McKenzie is a popular March option. There are two nice drifts between Armitage Park and Harrisburg.

For more information on March fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report

What to expect in 

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Other Info Sources

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