Willamette, Clackamas, and Sandy update

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Willamette Valley/Metro – Willamette River anglers are back after springers after a prolonged period of high and off-colored water. Sellwood offers a good option under current conditions and more than one spring Chinook has been reported recently.

Wild steelhead counts at Willamette Falls are lagging behind previous years, but so many high water events hasn't aided these fish in recent weeks.

Still no spring Chinook on the mainstem Columbia, but Willamette bound springers are likely present for beach plunkers to take advantage of. It's still early however so anglers should temper their expectations this week and for the next several for that matter. Some steelhead, mostly wild, may also fall to plunkers working the lower Willamette.

Fall Chinook forecasts will soon be available online. Keep your eye on THIS web page. Numbers should be slightly better than last year, but everyone is looking forward to a robust return of hatchery fish.

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports, "Hello All. I hope that everyone made it through the harsh weather we had last week. I know of some people that have just got their power back. Everything has pretty much have gone back to normal per say. The Sandy took a huge jump on Monday going up to over 14 ft. and has started to drop at the writing of this report it is at 12.08 ft. and should drop to 11 ft. by Thursday and then takes another bump with the rain forecasted over the next couple of days. The last report from the hatchery was that they have received 350 hatchery fish back and that they have recycled 200 fish and spawned about a 150 fish. The river color is a little off color green but should turn to steelhead green by the weekend.

River conditions are finally slated to come back into check over the weekend and pro guide Brandon Glass mentioned that the wild to hatchery ratio is running about 5:1.
 

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