Sandy River at the Foot Bridge.

Sandy River at the Foot Bridge.

Located in Clackamas and Multnomah Counties, OR


Sandy River Fishing:

Sandy River is Approximately 56 miles long origination in Mount hood and draining out into the Columbia river. The Sandy is primarily known for its fall Chinook runs, but offers up some excellent Steelhead and Coho fishing opportunities as well.

Access is somewhat limited but still well worth the effort. For details on Sandy river fishing access see our Sandy river fishing access map below.


Salmonoid Species:


Chinook Salmon

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

Chinook (King Salmon)

Silver Salmon

Oncorhynchus kisutch

Coho (Silver Salmon)

Steelhead (Sea Run Rainbow Trout)

Oncorhynchus mykiss

Steelhead (Sea Run Rainbow Trout)


When to Fish

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From the mouth to the confluence of the Salmon river Hatchery Chinook retention is generally allowed from February through October. Hatchery Coho and Steelhead are open year round.

**See Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife REGS for exact times.



Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 2 adult salmon or steelhead per day and up to 5 Jacks per day.

**See Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife REGS for details.



Preferred Tackle:

One single point barbless hooks required for Salmon and Steelhead. Corky and yarn, Jigs or spinners all work well on this river.



Salmon Eggs, Sand Shrimp, Worms.



Salmon Eggs, Sand Shrimp, Worms.


Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location is plunking or drifting sand shrimp or eggs. next possibly a steelhead jig, or corky and yarn and lastly spinners.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Hand to Hand. Eye protection recommended in the hot spots!


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