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Santiam River Sponsored by
Date 22-Jul-22
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Conditions : North and South Santiam River: North - A few access points along the river that were closed by the 2020 wildfires have recently re-opened, including Packsaddle Park and Fisherman’s Bend Boat Ramp, although the latter is only set up for day use. Anglers can still access the river from Stayton downstream and in a few places above such as the Mehama bridge and North Santiam State Park.

No recent fishing reports. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs, and the river is currently running at around 1,830 cfs at the gauge in Mehama. Flows should continue to drop over the next few weeks with the onset of dry summer weather.

Chinook salmon returns indicate a fairly decent run year so far. There has been another recent bump in numbers over Willamette Falls. Total count of adult Chinook is at 35,000 as of July 17. Summer steelhead counts are improving as well with the count now up to 5,500 fish. Now that flows have settled down these next few weeks are going to be some of the best fishing of the year.

Fishing for hatchery steelhead is open year-round. Trout season opened on May 22, which means that anglers may keep up to five clipped trout per day. Bait is now allowed until Oct. 31. Any unclipped (wild) steelhead or trout that are caught must be released unharmed. Last updated 7/20/22.

Upper NF - This river is open year-round to fishing, but ideal conditions usually begin after snowmelt recedes in late June. Flows are currently around 700 cfs where it flows into Detroit Reservoir and dropping. About 2,200 hatchery trout will be released this week in multiple locations.

South Fork - Fishing is generally best when flows are below 3,000 cfs. Currently flows are around 1,100 cfs at the Waterloo gauge, which is a huge improvement over last month when rains had swollen the river above most angler’s comfort zone. These next few weeks are going to be some of the best fishing opportunities for the river all year. Both summer steelhead and Chinook salmon are available in good numbers with more on the way. Best sections to fish are from Waterloo upstream to just below Foster Dam. Over 2,250 chinook and 900 summer steelhead have already entered the ladder at Foster as of July 7.

Hatchery trout harvest season reopened on May 22. Fishing with bait is only allowed between April 22 and Oct 31. Anglers are reminded that only fin-clipped trout may be kept. Last updated 7/20/22.

Reported by: Oregon D.F.W


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