North and South Santiam River: North - River conditions are very good at the moment and should remain so for the next week. Steelhead are entering the basin in good numbers. Over 700 winter steelhead as well as 14 summer steelhead and 16 spring Chinook have navigated Upper Bennett dam as of April 18. Best bets for these fish are in the lower river, from Greens Bridge down to Jefferson, along the mainstem around the I5 Rest Stop boat ramp, and from Mehama down to Stayton.
More fish are on the way. Counts at Willamette Falls stand at 250 summer steelhead, 2,590 spring Chinook, and about 3,800 winter steelhead as of April 18
When the bite is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred angling method with spoons, spinners and egg clusters also being effective. Currently the entire river below Packsaddle Park (near the Minto Fish Facility) is open year-round to adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Trout fishing is closed until May 23, 2015
River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (currently the Mehama gauge is around 2,000 cfs as of Apr. 21
North Fork - This section of the river will re-open this weekend (April 25). Trout are scheduled to be stocked the last weekend in May, but holdover and resident trout can be found throughout the river. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day. Closed to salmon fishing.
South Fork - Flows in the South Santiam below Foster dam have been fluctuating around 1,300 -1,400 cfs at Waterloo as of April 21. Water releases out of Green Peter reservoir are being reduced for the next few weeks to ensure adequate filling before the summer, which should make for excellent fishing conditions in the interim below Foster dam.
New summer steelhead and spring Chinook have begun to arrive at Willamette Falls but it will take a few weeks before the majority of them arrive in the basin. Winter steelhead are in the basin now and can be found throughout the river. So far, 79 winter steelhead, 19 summer steelhead and the first 9 spring Chinook have entered the trap below Foster. Best sections to fish are from Wiley Creek to Pleasant Valley boat ramps, around Waterloo County Park, and from Lebanon down to the confluence with the North Santiam.