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N. and S. Santiam

Rating - Fair   

Saturday, Aug 31 2019
flows have dropped down to 1,240 cfs at the Mehama gauge with good fishing conditions. These flows are not expected to change much over the rest of the summer. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs.The spring Chinook migration has pretty much run its course for the year. Fish are still available through the end of the month. The fishery will be closed from Sept. 1 through Oct 15.Summer steelhead will continue to trickle in throughout the next few weeks, but most fish are already in the basin. Best bets for anglers are in the middle and upper sections of river where the fish are thickest, such as between Stayton to the take out at Shelburn and from Packsaddle Park down to Fishermans Bend. So far they have counted around 5,100 summer steelhead and over 20,000 spring Chinook at Willamette Falls. As of Aug. 11, 3,093 adult hatchery Chinook and 674 summer steelhead have been counted at the Bennett ladders.Meanwhile, the river is now open for trout through the end of October. Anglers can keep up to 5 hatchery trout per day, but any wild trout must be released unharmed.Flows are holding steady around 870 cfs and should remain so over the next few weeks. The counts at Willamette Falls as of Aug. 3 are around 5,100 summer steelhead and over 20,000 spring Chinook. Many of these fish are destined for the South Santiam, but so far only 188 hatchery Chinook and about 451 summer steelhead have entered the ladder at Foster Dam. There are many more immediately below the tailrace and in the pools below Wiley Creek Park.Summer steelhead can generally be found throughout the upper basin below Foster Reservoir, especially above Waterloo Park. But this time of year new fish are migrating through the lower sections as well. Fishing is generally best when flows are below 3,000 cfs.The entire river is now open to trout fishing through the end of October. Below Foster Reservoir, anglers may keep up to 5 hatchery trout per day, but any wild trout must be released unharmed. Above Foster, trout fishing is catch-and-release with no bait allowed.




Saturday, Aug 31 2019



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Trout, Salmon, and Steelhead


N. and S. Santiam

Rating - Fair

flows have dropped down to 1,240 cfs at the Mehama gauge with good fishing conditions. These flows are not expected to change much over the rest of the summer. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs.The spring Chinook migration has pretty much run its course for the year. Fish are still available through the end of the month. The fishery will be closed from Sept. 1 through Oct 15.Summer steelhead will continue to trickle in throughout the next few weeks, but most fish are already in the basin. Best bets for anglers are in the middle and upper sections of river where the fish are thickest, such as between Stayton to the take out at Shelburn and from Packsaddle Park down to Fishermans Bend. So far they have counted around 5,100 summer steelhead and over 20,000 spring Chinook at Willamette Falls. As of Aug. 11, 3,093 adult hatchery Chinook and 674 summer steelhead have been counted at the Bennett ladders.Meanwhile, the river is now open for trout through the end of October. Anglers can keep up to 5 hatchery trout per day, but any wild trout must be released unharmed.Flows are holding steady around 870 cfs and should remain so over the next few weeks. The counts at Willamette Falls as of Aug. 3 are around 5,100 summer steelhead and over 20,000 spring Chinook. Many of these fish are destined for the South Santiam, but so far only 188 hatchery Chinook and about 451 summer steelhead have entered the ladder at Foster Dam. There are many more immediately below the tailrace and in the pools below Wiley Creek Park.Summer steelhead can generally be found throughout the upper basin below Foster Reservoir, especially above Waterloo Park. But this time of year new fish are migrating through the lower sections as well. Fishing is generally best when flows are below 3,000 cfs.The entire river is now open to trout fishing through the end of October. Below Foster Reservoir, anglers may keep up to 5 hatchery trout per day, but any wild trout must be released unharmed. Above Foster, trout fishing is catch-and-release with no bait allowed.


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