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Santiam River Sponsored by
Date 18-Dec-14
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Conditions : North and South Santiam River: Fish can be found throughout the river, but are more concentrated in the upper sections (Mehama to Packsaddle). Counts at Willamette Falls as of Dec. 7 show around 22,900 summer steelhead and over 21,400 coho had entered the upper basin. Of those, around 4,263 steelhead and 1,009 coho made it above Stayton on the North Santiam through Nov. 30.

The coho salmon run has slowed to a crawl and most fish are going to be pretty dark by mid-December. The next fish to arrive in the will be winter steelhead. So far fewer than 200 have passed above Willamette Falls, but those numbers will start to rise over the next few weeks and months. Summer steelhead are still available to the hardy angler, primarily above Stayton. 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 4,360 cfs

Flows in the South Santiam below Foster dam are at 3,150 cfs as of Dec. 15. Summer steelhead can be found primarily in the upper river. Below Lebanon, however, there are still a few fresh coho salmon moving in and fishing for these wild fish can be very good. 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.

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