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Santiam River Sponsored by
Date 28-Aug-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), where summer steelhead and spring Chinook can find cooler water. New fish passage at the Falls is slowing dramatically. Counts at Willamette Falls as of Aug. 15 show just over 31,500 spring Chinook and over 21,300 summer steelhead have entered the upper basin. Of those, over 6,600 spring Chinook and 3,350 summer steelhead have made it above Stayton on the North Santiam through Aug 16. As the number of fish passing the Falls slows, the number of fish passing Stayton is also declining. 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 the Minto Fish Facility is open to salmon and steelhead fishing and will remain open to Oct. 31.

River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge (currently the gauge is around 1,090 cfs).

Flows in the South Santiam below Foster dam have dropped to around 973 cfs as of Aug. 11 but should remain fairly stable for the next few weeks. These are excellent conditions coinciding with the diminishing influx of new fish into the basin. Spring Chinook and summer steelhead numbers at Willamette Falls indicated an improved run this year, and so far fish have showed up in good numbers to the base of Foster dam.

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. As of Aug. 7 just under 2,050 spring Chinook and just over 2,500 summer steelhead have entered the fish ladder, however the daily numbers are dropping rapidly. Many of those fish have been recycled downstream to allow anglers another shot at them.

Reported by: Oregon D.F.W


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