North and South Santiam River: North - As of July 10, flows are around 1,500 cfs at the Mehama gauge, but the water is clear. River levels best for fishing are below 3,000 cfs.
There has been a dramatic improvement in the run of Willamette spring Chinook with counts at Willamette falls now well above 32,000 fish. Summer steelhead numbers remain low, around 1,650 fish as of July 1. So far, 331 summer steelhead and 2,758 hatchery Chinook salmon have migrated upstream of Stayton, as of June 30.
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.
Above Detroit - This section of the river is open year-round for trout. It will be stocked again this week with 3,000 legal-size hatchery trout. The river is currently flowing high from heavy snow melt, but remains fishable. Anglers may keep up to five trout per day. This section of river is closed to salmon fishing.
South Fork - Flow levels have dropped to summer low flows, currently around 900 cfs (as of July 10) and numbers of salmon and steelhead entering the basin are rebounding after a slow start. About 300 summer steelhead and over 3,000 hinook have already entered the ladder at Foster dam through the month of June. The river is now open for trout angling as well. Anglers may keep up to five hatchery trout per day wild trout need to be released. Best times for catching trout are early and late in the day.