North and South Santiam River: North - Returns of adult steelhead and Chinook are in full swing at Willamette Falls and many of them have shown up in the Santiam basin. Over 2,000 Chinook have arrived at Upper Bennett dam in Stayton, along with almost 2,350 summer steelhead as of June 18, the majority of these fish since June 1. As of June 8, they have counted 10,661 10,286 summer steelhead and over 20,000 spring Chinook at the Willamette Falls fish ladder. Flows have been fairly consistent lately and are not expected to change much over the next few weeks.
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 hatchery steelhead. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (the Mehama gauge was at 1,800 cfs as of June 20).
South - Flows are settling in to normal summer conditions, but this cooler weather should keep water temperatures down and the fish active. Current flows (as of June 14) are around 1,200 cfs as measured at Waterloo
Peak season for summer steelhead and spring Chinook is now. Anglers can target these fish throughout the river, with heaviest concentrations from Waterloo up to Wiley Creek.
So far as of June 14, 147 spring Chinook and 1,135 summer steelhead have been reported at Foster dam fish ladder. Most of these fish are being recycled downstream to give anglers a second chance at catching them.