North and South Santiam River: North - USGS hydrological data for Sept. 18 shows the Sandy flows up nicely at 775 cfs, with a gauge reading of 8.41 feet and the water temperature down considerably at 52°F.
The river is now closed to angling for Chinook salmon, but anglers may still target hatchery steelhead and hatchery trout. In addition there will be small numbers of wild coho returning over the next few months. While out on the rive,r please take care to avoid harassing spawning adult Chinook or walking through their egg deposits called redds that the adult fish have constructed, usually found at the tail-outs of pools.
When the bite is on, bobbers and jigs are the preferred fishing 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 hatchery steelhead.
South Fork - Extra water is being released out of Green Peter Reservoir so that Chinook have access to more spawning habitat. Flows in the river at Waterloo are currently around 1,670 cfs. Fishing for Chinook is now closed until October 15 in order to protect spawning adults. If you see spawning fish, please keep your distance in order not to disturb them. The river is still open for hatchery steelhead and hatchery trout. Anglers may also target wild coho salmon below Lebanon.
Best times for catching trout are early and late in the day.