Smelt enter Oregon's Sandy River




TROUTDALE, Ore. — Smelt have entered Oregon's Sandy River with fish upstream at least as far as the Troutdale Bridge.

Fishing guide Jack Glass, who lives along the river, said a smattering of smelt moved in the mouth of the Sandy on Saturday morning. Then a large mass of smelt entered on Sunday afternoon.

"I looked last night and there was a wad at least 8-feet-wide in a steady stream going up the river,'' Glass said on Monday in Vancouver.

A few smelt were dipped on Saturday near the mouth of the Sandy, Glass said.

Smelt dipping in the Sandy will be open from 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday. It is the final scheduled dipping period for the river. The limit is 10 pounds per person.

Sport and commercial smelt dipping in Washington are closed.

Birds and marine mammals were working the Columbia upstream of Interstate 5 on Monday, normally a sign of smelt in the main river.

John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife also confirmed on Monday that smelt are in the Sandy.