What we've missed in a lack of numbers of fish has sure been offset by the massive size of steelhead returning this year. I have personally seen 5 fish in the 20 plus pound range in the last 2 months and saw one swim under my boat the was truly the largest I have ever seen in real life- way over 20!!.
Clackamas River: Rain has definitely helped encourage fish to sneak up the Clack and fishing has been improving. We have a mix of wild, broodstock hatchery fish and some early summer runs showing in the Clackamas. These fish will spread out through the system from the mouth of the river to Rivermill dam. This season is just hitting stride and I will be out there most every day in the sled or drift boat plying the waters.
Here is a fish that was caught by author Don Roberts on tuesday.
Deschutes: Trout fishing will be full swing by May with the salmon fly hatch expected perhaps a bit early than the early arrival of the last few years if we are lack luster on our snow pack. We'll see how the remainder of spring goes. At this point it looks like we will sneak around a big run off and have more agreeable water levels for the famous salmon fly hatch. Look for things to break loose the second week of May around Maupin and then work upriver from there. For right now, expect a few BWO's mid-day and some March browns to be popping.
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