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N. and S. Santiam

Rating - Fair   

Sunday, Dec 01 2019
Flows have jumped up to nearly 6,000 cfs due to reservoir drawdowns upstream. These flow conditions are challenging for the angler. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs.Pretty much all of the summer steelhead are in the river, mostly in the upper part of the basin. It is shaping up to be a good year for coho salmon. They have counted over 8,600 coho salmon at Willamette Falls as of Nov 9. Many of these fish are currently in the North Santiam, especially below Stayton. About 300 fish have been counted at the Bennett dams in Stayton so far but this number is sure to increase over the next weeks. The bag limit for coho is 2 fish per day.Meanwhile, the river is now closed to trout harvest until May 22 of next year. WARNING: There is an unauthorized low-hanging footbridge that is currently spanning a side channel to the river below Greens Bridge that could become a boating hazard during higher water. Boaters should check out the Oregon State Marine Board website to see the exact location before navigating this section of the river.Flows have increased a bit due to water releases from Green Peter reservoir, currently around 1,300 cfs and should remain so over the next few weeks. Most of the fish destined for the South Santiam have already arrived. They can be found for the most part below the deadline at Wiley Creek Park and in sections downstream. Fishing is generally best when flows are below 3,000 cfs.The entire river is now closed to trout fishing.




Sunday, Dec 01 2019



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Trout, Salmon, and Steelhead


N. and S. Santiam

Rating - Fair

Flows have jumped up to nearly 6,000 cfs due to reservoir drawdowns upstream. These flow conditions are challenging for the angler. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs.Pretty much all of the summer steelhead are in the river, mostly in the upper part of the basin. It is shaping up to be a good year for coho salmon. They have counted over 8,600 coho salmon at Willamette Falls as of Nov 9. Many of these fish are currently in the North Santiam, especially below Stayton. About 300 fish have been counted at the Bennett dams in Stayton so far but this number is sure to increase over the next weeks. The bag limit for coho is 2 fish per day.Meanwhile, the river is now closed to trout harvest until May 22 of next year. WARNING: There is an unauthorized low-hanging footbridge that is currently spanning a side channel to the river below Greens Bridge that could become a boating hazard during higher water. Boaters should check out the Oregon State Marine Board website to see the exact location before navigating this section of the river.Flows have increased a bit due to water releases from Green Peter reservoir, currently around 1,300 cfs and should remain so over the next few weeks. Most of the fish destined for the South Santiam have already arrived. They can be found for the most part below the deadline at Wiley Creek Park and in sections downstream. Fishing is generally best when flows are below 3,000 cfs.The entire river is now closed to trout fishing.


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