North and South Santiam River: North - River conditions are very good at the moment and should remain so for the next week. Steelhead and Chinook are entering the basin in good numbers. Over 800 winter steelhead as well as 74 summer steelhead and 1,430 spring Chinook have navigated Upper Bennett dam as of May 8. Best bets for these fish are in the lower river, from Greens Bridge down to Jefferson, along the mainstem around the I5 Rest Stop boat ramp, and from Mehama down to Stayton.
More fish are on the way. Counts at Willamette Falls fish ladder show over 778 summer steelhead, over 25,000 spring Chinook, and about 4,300 winter steelhead have passed into the upper Willamette as of May 4.
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.
Above Detroit - This section of the river is currently open to trout fishing. Trout are scheduled to be stocked the last weekend in May, but holdover and resident trout can be found throughout the river. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day.
South Fork - Flows in the South Santiam below Foster dam have been fluctuating around 1,000 cfs at Waterloo as of May 12. Water releases out of Green Peter reservoir are being reduced for the next few weeks to ensure adequate filling before the summer, which should make for excellent fishing conditions in the interim below Foster dam.
New summer steelhead and spring Chinook have begun to arrive at Willamette Falls but it will take a few weeks before the majority of them arrive in the basin. Winter steelhead are in the basin now and can be found throughout the river. So far, 109 winter steelhead, 51 summer steelhead and 363 spring Chinook have entered the trap below Foster as of May 11. 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.
Closed to trout fishing until May 23, 2015.