North and South Santiam River: North - This section of the river is currently open to trout fishing. The river will be stocked again this week with 3,000 legal size rainbow trout. Holdover and resident trout can be found throughout the river. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day.
Closed to salmon fishing.
NOTICE: Statewide angling hour restrictions imposed on July 18 apply to the North Santiam below Big Cliff dam: Fishing for trout, salmon, and steelhead is closed on the North Santiam from 2 p.m. until one hour before sunrise.
South Fork - Due to warm water temperatures (over 65 F), adult Chinook salmon are dying in the Santiam River Basin. If you see a dead adult salmon in the North Santiam, South Santiam, Little North Fork, or mainstem Santiam River, please call the ODFW Corvallis District Office at 541 757 4186. District staff are monitoring river conditions and tracking the locations of dead salmon.
While the run is tapering off at Willamette Falls, Spring Chinook salmon and a few summer steelhead are in the basin now and can be found throughout the river. Over 2,400 Chinook arriving at the Foster Trap have been recycled downriver.
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. Flows have already reached summer flow conditions, currently 760 cfs at Waterloo. They should remain low for the foreseeable future.