Fishing on the Sandy River in Oregon
Sandy river fishing for Steelhead is great. The Sandy
river is one of the most popular Portland, Oregon area Steelhead fishing
rivers. The Sandy River near Portland, Oregon and Gresham, Oregon flows
into the Columbia River.
Steelhead fishing can be very good to area
fishermen on the Sandy River. If you have tips or tricks for catching
fish on the Sandy River, or photos of fish caught there please Email Sandy River Fishing and we will post them here.
Fish And Wildlife
Washington Fish &
The localized hatchery program is comprised of a native broodstock, meaning that
fish are derived from a portion of wild fish returning to the river. Since the
Big Creek stock is no
longer released into the river, the run timing has become more like the wild
returns. This results
in a later run than most anglers are used to in the Sandy River.
Winter steelhead begin returning to the river in December, but
larger numbers do not start showing up in the catch until
mid-February. The fishery usually runs from January through April.
It is important to note that summer steelhead are also released into
the Sandy River, and return from March through June. Look for an
additional angling opportunity when excess summer steelhead are
released into Roslyn Lake near Sandy. Counts of fish passing Marmot
Dam on the Sandy River can be found.
All Sandy River winter steelhead are released from the Sandy Fish Hatchery on
Cedar Creek, so
the majority of angler effort should concentrate from Cedar Creek downstream.
The river above
Marmot Dam is managed as a “Wild Fish Sanctuary” and is closed to angling for
The Sandy River is a glacier-fed system that typically runs very muddy when warm
melt the glaciers on Mt. Hood. The river will clear up within 3-4 days after
high water if the
snow level drops below 4,000 feet and the rain stops or is reduced to showers.
The Sandy fishes
best at gage readings of 8-11 feet (measured at Marmot Dam;
Anglers can access the Sandy River from many parks including Lewis and Clark,
Oxbow, and Dodge. Access is also available at the mouth of Cedar Creek near the
Boat anglers access the river at Dodge Park (recommended only for expert boat
operators due to
hazardous rapids), Oxbow Park, Dabney Park, and Lewis & Clark Park near
Troutdale. Jet boats
are allowed downstream from Dabney Park. Please remember also that angling from
device is only allowed starting from a point that is 200 feet downstream of the
Oxbow Park boat
An interesting change in the Sandy River will occur in 2007. Marmot Dam will be
beginning this summer, with complete removal occurring late fall. Although this
will not affect
much of the steelhead angling this year, be aware that river flows and patterns
will likely change
during and after removal. It may take several years for the sediment to leave
possibly altering your favorite fishing hole in the meantime. Roslyn Lake will
also be removed
during this process.
For more information on steelhead fishing in the Lower Willamette, Clackamas, or
contact Todd Alsbury at the North Willamette Watershed District office at (971)
Email Sandy River Fishing
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How to catch Steelhead using jigs
by James Isdell
I would like to discuss the use of jigs and floats for steelhead.
The use of jigs is very popular in Canada and is gaining popularity
in the Northwest as well. Several books and articles have been
written on the use of a float and jig for steelhead. Guide,
Dave Vedder (Float Fishing for Steelhead Techniques and Tackle) as
well as other guides will agree, that this is an exceptionally
deadly terminal tackle for steelhead at certain times of the season.
Actually, I have used a float and jigs while guiding on the Situk
River in Yakutat Alaska. This was one lure the native run of
steelhead there thought were the best thing since eggs. We
were averaging 13 native steelhead per person per day with the jigs.
Some days were better, some days we got a couple less, but the jig
far outperformed other conventional terminal tackle, hands-down.
So, how do you use a float and jig? The best method I used is
a main line coming down to a barrel swivel, tied to a leader which
in turn it is tied to a jig. At the swivel, connect it with a
float. If necessary, you can hang a split-shot or two between
the swivel and jig to get the jig down and keep it at the desired
depth. The depth of the jig is also adjustable by adjusting
the position of the float on the mainline.
Jigs come in all designs, materials and
colors. Floats also come in different materials, designs and
configurations. I use a plastic bobber since I pay for the
terminal tackle my clients use while I'm guiding and a 1 ¼ to 2 inch
diameter bobber works fine and is relatively inexpensive. You
should experiment with various colors and sizes of jigs. The
main thing is to ensure that the size or weight of the jig does not
drag the float down into the water. The float should act as a
strike indicator as well as give the jig buoyancy in order for
the jig to move naturally through a drift. If your float is
moving ahead of your jig you need to adjust it so that the jig is
drifting ahead of the float. If you get a strike, your float
will rise up in the upright position before it goes under.
This is the time to set the hook and hard. This presentation
is almost foolproof for setting the hook. If the float goes
down, more times than not, the fish has hooked itself. I have
also used this method successfully for salmon too.
By the way, the float method can also be used when you want to drift
bait in drifts where there is too much trash on the bottom which
won't allow a normal drift with a slinky or surgical tubing and
lead. The presentation is as normal as the current itself.
The main concern with this method is to get the bait at the correct
depth (just above the bottom) and that the presentation is as
natural as possible. The float will need to be moved up or
down the mainline or through shortening the leader to correct for
the length between the float and bait for a natural
By James Isdell