North and South Santiam River: North - River conditions are very good at the moment and should remain so for the next week. A few dozen winter steelhead have arrived into the upper basin with more expected in the next few weeks. Best bets for these fish, however, are in the lower river, from Greens Bridge down to Jefferson and alkong the mainstem around the I5 Rest Stop boat ramp. Some summer steelhead are still being caught, mostly in the upper sections above Stayton. Numbers of winter steelhead passing above Willamette Falls stand at 2,306 as of Feb. 22.
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 gauge is around 1,750 cfs as of Feb. 23).
Flows in the South Santiam below Foster dam have droppped down to 1,000 at Waterloo as of Feb. 23. These are very good conditions for fishing.
Summer steelhead can be found primarily in the upper river. There are also some early winter steelhead arriving in the basin. So far, seven winter steelhead 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. There are still quite a few summer steelhead in the upper reaches. Closed to trout fishing until May 23, 2015.