SANDY RIVER: Prior to recent heavy rains the catch numbers were looking good for coho from Dabney Park on up to Cedar Creek near the hatchery. When the river begins to drop and clear the fish will certainly be on the move again so be ready to get back on the water soon since this fishery can come and go in a hurry.
USGS hydrological data for October 23 shows the Sandy flows jumping way up to 8,170 cfs, with a gauge reading of 12.51 feet and the water temperature steady at 46°F.
As of Nov. 6, flows are over 7,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs. Extra water is being released out of Detroit Reservoir in preparation for winter storage season.
Summer steelhead, though few in number, are still available in the river, particularly above Stayton. In addition there are a small number of wild coho returning over the next few weeks. Anglers can currently fish for and keep up to two wild coho salmon below the Stayton-Scio Bridge. So far, about 4,500 coho salmon have been counted at the Willamette Falls fish ladder as of Oct. 31. Many of these fish will try to spawn in the North Santiam.
Flows in the river at Waterloo are currently around 4,300 cfs as of Nov. 6. These are challenging conditions for anglers, but there are still some fish out in the river this time of year should conditions improve. Summer steelhead can be found primarliy in the upper sections of the river below Foster and below Lebanon there are some coho salmon. The river is now closed to retention of hatchery trout until May 22, 2018.