Sandy River Fishing Report
Sandy River - Sandy, OR
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Fishing on the Sandy has been fair to slow overall this winter, although there have been a few good days of catching when flows and temperatures improved. The river level is low and clear right now. Plus, the recent cold snap has pushed water temperatures down into the 30s. All of these factors are making catching right now very difficult due to little movement and low aggression of the fish.
A few fish are still being caught here and there by anglers willing to brave the cold. Look for fish to hold in the deeper pools where they can save their energy, and use small presentations like beads or jigs under a bobber. Don’t be afraid to try to entice them with bait, either. Try fishing in the afternoon when a slight rise in the temperature can trigger bites. Some anglers are landing fish both upstream and downstream of its confluence with Cedar Creek.
On Monday, Feb. 5, the Sandy Hatchery staff removed 32 winter steelhead from their trap and “recycled” them back downstream at Lewis and Clark State Park. These fish were marked with a hole punch in their right gill plate before release, for identification.
Those anglers who are finding success are using predominantly bobber and jig, colored beads or spinners. Anglers can also find bank access to the Sandy River in several areas from Troutdale up to Brightwood. Lewis and Clark Park, Dabney Park, and Dodge Park all offer good spots for bank fishing.
USGS hydrological data for Feb. 6 shows Sandy flows receding to 1,220 cfs, with a gauge reading of 8.91 feet and the water temperature on the Little Sandy at Bull Run down to a chilly 37° F.
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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Wednesday, February 6th
Alsea River: A Few Fish are Still Being Caught
Salmon River: Salmon River Fishing Report
Siletz River: Winter Steelhead Continues to be Fair
Siuslaw River: Winter Steelhead Fishing has Still Been Good
Trask River: Trask River Fishing Report
Wilson River: Fishing on the Wilson was Good Friday
Yaquina River: Most Fish Caught are Wild
Alton Baker Canoe Canal: Will be Stocked this Week
Clackamas River: Conditions Perked up a Bit Over the Past Week
Clear Lake: Fish with a Tag that Could Win You a $50 Gift Card!
Cottage Grove reservoir: Stocked this Week with 4,500 Large Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Detroit Reservoir: Winter Storage Started Feb. 1
Dexter Reservoir: Will be Stocked this Week with 1,500 Large Hatchery Rainbow Trout.
Dorena Reservoir: Will be Stocked this Week with 5,500 Large Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Green Peter Reservoir: Trout as Well as Bass are Good Options
Henry Hagg Lake: Stocked Recently with Several Batches of Large Brood Trout
Hills Creek Reservoir: Will be Stocked this Week with 4,000 Legal-Size Hatchery Rainbow Trout.
Junction City Pond: Will be Stocked Again this Week with About 900 Hatchery Trout
Molalla River: As of Feb. 6 Shows Flows at 609 cfs
Santiam River North Fork-2: Winter Steelhead are Beginning to Move into the River.
Walter Wirth Lake: Stocked this Week with About 1,200 Hatchery Trout
Willamette River CST FK: Willamette River Fishing Report
Applegate Reservoir: Fishing Should be Good.
Ben Irving Reservoir: Best Success Trolling Lures in the Deeper Areas
Butterfield Lake: Butterfield Lake Fishing Report
Coos River: Steelhead Fishing Conditions Should Hold Up
Coquille River: Good Steelhead Fishing Conditions
Diamond Lake: Diamond Lake Fishing Report
Fish Lake : Expect Snow and Ice at Fish Lake
Garrison Lake: Hooking Up with Some Feisty Rainbow Trout.
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie Reservoir Report
Selmac Lake: Reports Have Been Good
Lost Creek Reservoir: Anglers Have Found Success
Rogue River Lower: Lower Rogue River Fishing Report
Rogue River - Middle: The River is Holding Steady Around 1900 cfs
Rogue River Upper: Bait is Again Allowed Throughout the Entire Rogue Basin
Sixes River: Recent Rainfall Encouraged Fish to Move into the River
Umpqua River: Steelhead Fishing Should be Good
Hood River: Expect Some Bright Fish During February.
Metolius River: Anglers Report Good Fishing for Trout
John Day River: John Day River Fishing Report
Hells Canyon Reservoir: Fishing is Starting to Pick Up
Ana River: Fish Were Rising for Flies Midday as Usual
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