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. Almost 4,000 Chinook have passed the Bennett dams in Stayton, along with 4,269 summer steelhead as of July 9. As of late June, they have counted more than 17,000 summer steelhead and over 28,000 spring Chinook at the Willamette Falls fish ladder. Flows on the N. Santiam 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 1,450 cfs as of July 11).
Anglers may keep up to 5 hatchery trout from the mouth to Big Cliff dam through Oct. 31.
Above Detroit - The river will be stocked this week with 3,000 hatchery rainbow trout. Anglers may keep up to 5 trout per day. This section of river is closed to salmon fishing.
South Fork - Flows are settling in to normal summer conditions. Current flows (as of July 11) are a little below 950 cfs as measured at Waterloo and are likely to drop to 800 cfs in early July.
Peak season for summer steelhead and spring Chinook is now and anglers are reportedly doing very well. Anglers can target these fish throughout the river, with heaviest concentrations from Waterloo up to Wiley Creek.
As of July 8, 577 spring Chinook and 2,357 summer steelhead have been reported at Foster dam fish ladder. Most of these summer steelhead are being recycled downstream to give anglers a second chance at catching them.