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N. and S. Santiam

Rating - Fair   

Thursday, Oct 31 2019
Flows have increased because of extra water being released at Detroit. Flows are currently around 2,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge with good fishing conditions. These flows are not expected to change much over the next few weeks. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs.Spring Chinook fishing is now closed through Oct. 15 to protect spawning fish. If you see these large fish engaging in spawning behavior, please avoid disturbing them. 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 at Willamette Falls. A few coho salmon have also started to arrive. It will be a few weeks before they will show up in numbers in the lower sections of the river. They have counted 35 adults as of Sept. 8. A few coho have arrived in the Willamette Valley, but its still very early. In a few weeks when fish begin to enter the Santiam basin, anglers will have an opportunity to catch up to two of these wild fish per day. 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 unharmedSANTIAM RIVER (SOUTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook, bass, troutFlows have increased a bit due to water releases from Green Peter reservoir, currently around 1,350 cfs and should remain so over the next few weeks. The counts at Willamette Falls as of Aug. 24 are around 5,100 summer steelhead. 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 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.




Thursday, Oct 31 2019



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Trout, Salmon, and Steelhead


N. and S. Santiam

Rating - Fair

Flows have increased because of extra water being released at Detroit. Flows are currently around 2,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge with good fishing conditions. These flows are not expected to change much over the next few weeks. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs.Spring Chinook fishing is now closed through Oct. 15 to protect spawning fish. If you see these large fish engaging in spawning behavior, please avoid disturbing them. 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 at Willamette Falls. A few coho salmon have also started to arrive. It will be a few weeks before they will show up in numbers in the lower sections of the river. They have counted 35 adults as of Sept. 8. A few coho have arrived in the Willamette Valley, but its still very early. In a few weeks when fish begin to enter the Santiam basin, anglers will have an opportunity to catch up to two of these wild fish per day. 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 unharmedSANTIAM RIVER (SOUTH FORK): steelhead, Chinook, bass, troutFlows have increased a bit due to water releases from Green Peter reservoir, currently around 1,350 cfs and should remain so over the next few weeks. The counts at Willamette Falls as of Aug. 24 are around 5,100 summer steelhead. 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 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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