Willamette and Sandy update

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Between the Willamette coming into fishable shape, and a strong desire to catch a January spring Chinook, a few anglers have been out in pursuit of Willamette River spring Chinook. The “Sultan of Sellwood,” coined by Oregonian’s outdoor writer Bill Monroe, has 3 trips in so far for no bites. Despite he and his crew huddled around a propane heater, he claims he’s having fun, and John Shmilenko can really be fun, even without a bite all day.

Winter steelhead have been caught from Meldrum Bar recently, but most of them are high-finners, requiring release. Hatchery fish should become more prevalent in the coming weeks, largely destined for the Clackamas River.

Winter sturgeon on the Willamette remains an option, but few are fishing for them.

The Clackamas is putting out a rare winter steelhead, but February is typically when fish show here in greater abundance. The river will remain in good standing through Saturday, until another rain freshet wipes out fishable conditions for nearly a week if hydrologic models are accurate (don’t get me started).

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports from the Sandy River, “Hello All. This week, we saw the weather turn cold and the river dropped a couple of degrees and the water is running just above 9 ft. The water is ideal and there has been fish caught in the entire river. The fish in the photo is a nice 14 lb. buck caught on a 3.0 mag lip by Bruce Netzel.

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This was one of the two he caught on Tuesday, his other fish was a 12 lb. hen on a pink and white jig. He was floating from Oxbow to Dabney Park. My son, who is a spay guy, also hooked and lost a nice fish in mid-river on Saturday. I have another friend who fished Monday and he caught a nice 12 lb. native hen in the lower river on a 3.0 mag lip. The river should stay at 9 ft. for the next couple of days before the river takes a bump due to the rain that is forecasted for Monday and the river jumps to 10.85 ft.
 

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