Updates from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.


There are strong expected returns of spring chinook salmon on the Sandy River this summer, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) biologists.

“We have a good return of spring chinook this year and fishing conditions are excellent,” said Todd Alsbury, fish biologist for ODFW’s North Willamette Watershed District. Alsbury said an estimated 6,500 spring chinook are expected to return to the Sandy River basin this year. Of the total, approximately 4,000 are hatchery fish, identified by clipped adipose fins, and are available for harvest. Wild fish must be immediately released unharmed under state fishing regulations.

The Sandy is open for fishing from the Columbia River to the Salmon River. Access the river at the following locations:

· Mouth of the Salmon River off Barlow Trail Road

· The former Marmot Dam site

· Marsh Road near Dodge Park

· Mouth of the Bull Run River at Dodge Park

· Mouth of Cedar Creek below ODFWs Sandy Fish Hatchery

· Oxbow State Park

· Dabney State Park

· Lewis & Clark State Park

· Along Crown Point Hwy. next to the river between Lewis & Clark and Dabney state parks

The Sandy is closed to salmon fishing above the Salmon River.

The best fishing is likely going to be between the mouth of the Salmon River downstream to Oxbow Park, according to Alsbury. "The fish don't seem to be holding in the lower river due to the lack of deep pools that spring chinook tend to hold in," he said, "but you still might pick a springer on its way through to the upper river."

Alsbury noted that the dynamics of the Sandy River chinook fishery have changed in recent years. He said springers now return later than in years past. Despite this, the fish are in excellent condition, he said.

"People just aren't used to fishing for spring chinook in the summer," he said, adding, "This is a great time for an outing on one of Oregon's most scenic rivers."

Alsbury suggests anglers targeting these fish look for deep holes, fish earlier in the morning and later in the evening. He said effective presentations include a bobber and eggs/sand shrimp, spoons, spinners, and even wet flies in the long, deep riffles where chinook sometime lay.

Ocean salmon fishing is also open. The ODFA reports it as being good this year.

Start planning for hunting season

First Time Youth Program

Hunters age 12-17 are eligible to receive up to three tags: one buck deer (100 series), one antlerless deer (600 series) and one antlerless elk (200 series) under the First Time Youth Program

To qualify the youth must have applied in the Controlled Hunt Drawing (deadline was May 15), and been unsuccessful and unsuccessful in previous years for that same hunt series. Youth that apply of a Point Saver in the same year are not eligible for a First Time Youth tag for that hunt Series.

To receive one of the hunts, apply between before Sept. 1. The hunt must be applied for and the tag purchased before the first day of the hunting season.


Archers should begin their annual pre-scouting trips to the woods, as bow season opens Aug. 24. Take the time to locate the elk and deer herds now, as many of the animals found now will be in the same area come opening season. High elevations are the place to look. Besides, its a great time to be in the woods to avoid most of the heat found in the valleys.

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