Fishing the Sandy River

The Sandy River is fed from Sandy Glacier on Mt. Hood and flows all the way the city of Troutdale, OR where it dumps into the Columbia River. This makes for a perfect cold water home for native and hatchery steelhead and trout. This river is really easy to wade with it's rolling rocky shores and open areas for casting. If you live around Portland it's a quick 30 minute drive, and well worth the trip to catch steelhead without the crowds or need for a boat.


Sandy River Fishing Regulations

  • 5 hatchery trout per day, no minimum length.
  • Open for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead all year.
  • Combined daily bag limit of 3 hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead.
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • Two rod validation may be used all year.
  • No angling from a floating device from 200 ft below Oxbow Park boat ramp upstream.
  • Closed within 200 ft of Chinook salmon spawning areas in Oxbow Park where posted by ODFW markers Sep 16 – Nov 15.
  • Closed to sturgeon angling including catch-and-release.

Be sure to check the Fishing Regulations and Emergency Rules  for this area.


Sandy River Weather


Fishing Maps of the Sandy River

Our Sandy River fishing maps show areas we love to fish. If you've never fished here before these are great places to start.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Site

Oxbow Turnout

Oxbow Park Drop Off

Dodge Park


Sandy River Recommended Flies

The flies we've listed below are some of the locals favorites for this section of the water. If you're interested in learning to tie these flies, we've included links to show you how!


Sandy River Stocking Schedule

ODFW is not stocking Sandy River at this time. For more information on stocking schedules for Oregon rivers and lakes, please visit the ODFW Trout Stocking website.


Sandy River Fishing Reports

There's nothing better than community based reports from people that are on the water! If you're seeing reports from local fly shops and guides please take some time to visit their shops or websites!

Community Reports

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Local Fly Shop and Guide Reports

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Fishing Spots near Sandy River

Be sure to check out nearby fishing spots, they're less than 15 miles away from Sandy River!

There are no rivers or lakes within 15 miles of this