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Clackamas Fish Returns: 
October 2022
Next Chapter Meeting

Join us on Zoom!

Tuesday, October 11
6:30, Meet and Greet
7:00pm Program Start
on Zoom!
Meetings are free to attend and everyone is welcome. Bring a friend!

Dan Cramer from PGE and Ben Walczak from ODFW talk about fish returns and project updates in the Clackamas.

Fall Fishing Opportunities
While our outings are over for the season, it's a great time to grab some TU buddies and hit the water.  Fall Coho fishing on the Clackamas, Sandy and a number of coast streams is in high gear.  Fall trout on the Deschutes is fabulous and there is a solid steelhead season underway there as well.  The McKenzie and Upper Willamette are also great trout bets this time of year.  Now that the weather is finally cooling down, trout are bulking up for the winter months.  
First Responder and Veterans Fly Fishing Class
We are gathering interested First Responders and Veterans for future classes.  If you want to be on the list for the next class, contact Alex at the link below.
Join the CRTU Board
CRTU is currently looking for a newsletter editor.  The newsletter is published monthly and contains news about meetings, outings, restoration work and other important fishing and conservation news in the chapter region.   Contact for more info,
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Clackamas River Fish Returns and Project Updates

Our chapter is happy to host Dan Cramer from PGE, one of the fish biologists on the Clackamas and Ben Walczak, ODFW District Fish Biologist for the N. Willamette district.  


Ben and Dave will give us updates on the recent fish returrns to the upper basin, project updates for habitat improvement and an update on the new hatchery plan for lower Clackamas Spring Chinook.  

CRTU Zoom Meeting


Time:  6:30 PM meet and introductions

7:00 PM Meeting Start

Date: Tuesday,
October 13


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The meeting link will be open about 6:30 for informal discussion and fishing reports.



Fish Habitat News
ODFW Closes the Crooked River to Fishing.  Historic Drought Has Prineville Reservoir at 10% Full

Central Oregon’s Crooked River became the first Oregon river the state has closed to angling specifically due to drought-related low flows that could result in major impacts on fish as well as on efforts to reintroduce salmon and steelhead to the river.

The Ochoco Irrigation District dropped flows downstream of Bowman Dam from about 180 cubic feet per second to just 10 cfs beginning Sept. 14, an 18-fold drop in river flow. The District would normally drop flows in the river this time of year as irrigation demand also drops, but this year the drop is precipitous. The Prineville Reservoir that backs up behind the dam this week is just 10 percent full, the lowest level on record, according to the Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the dam and says that multiple years of drought is the major contributing factor.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the river to angling at least until Oct. 31, the agency said in a news release. It said the closure is due to “ongoing drought and low water” and did not announce a reopening date.

“After several years of persistent drought in Central Oregon, streamflows and reservoirs in this region have reached historic lows,” ODFW said. It explained that during the summer water is released from both Prineville and Ochoco reservoirs into the Crooked River and Ochoco Creek for irrigators downstream. “These releases also serve to maintain adequate flows for resident game fish, including native redband trout and mountain whitefish.” The Ochoco Reservoir is completely empty.

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