Clackamas River

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
8 pm
2.12/206
7 30 year
7 pm
5.91/761
7 30 year
7 pm
13.01/3320
46.6↑/1.1
7 pm
26.17/4110
50.9/1.9
04/20:

At this moment (April 20) the Clack is at a good level and the water temp is going up. A few winter steelhead are available. Although the numbers of winter fish are dwindling, summer-run steelhead will soon be arriving in the system. So don't quit now!.

Warm, sunny weather is forecast for the next week, so expect the river level to drop--UNLESS that warm weather melts low-elevation snow, which can make the river higher, cooler, and more turbid.

Steelhead


► Look for river levels less than 14 feet on the Estacada gage. After a storm, dropping and clearing is good for fishing; rising is not. USGS reports turbidity for the Clackamas, and you can get it via Westfly's River Levels or Fishing Reports pages.

► There is a lot of good swinging water on the Clackamas from McIver Park to just below Carver.

► After a major rain, the Clackamas drops and clears more slowly than other rivers in the area.

► Some early summer steelhead start poking their noses into the Clackamas in mid-April; they'll join late-arriving winter-run fish.

► Use standard winter steelhead swinging flies and traditional tactics or standard steelhead nymphing flies and indicator tactics. The latter works well along rocky areas near the bank where the water is two-four feet deep; the plug pullers, side drifters, and bait anglers usually don't fish those spots.

General


► Private property limits access to the Clackamas, but there is good bank access near the two McIver Park boat ramps.
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