North Fork Santiam River Report

Santiam River North Fork-2 - Lyons, OR (Marion County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff


Flows are in very good shape at the moment, currently around 1,200 cfs at the Mehama gage. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs.

The Chinook run is fairly good this year, and fish can be found throughout the river up to the deadline at Packsaddle Park. Summer steelhead numbers, while low, have improved a bit lately. More than 5,000 adults have been counted above Willamette Falls.     

Meanwhile, the river is now open for trout through Oct 31. Only hatchery trout may be kept. Last updated 8/5/20.

WARNING: There are several large downed trees in the river creating some very dangerous hazards for boaters and people floating in inner-tubes in the section from Green’s Bridge down to the confluence with the South Fork Santiam. For more information check out the Oregon State Marine Board website.


This section of the river is open year-round for trout. It was stocked several times in the last few weeks and will continue to get stocked through the end of July. Most trout can be found from Marion Forks down to the mouth and are fairly well distributed. Flies and spinners work best, but bait is allowed. The river is flowing at around 440 cfs where it comes into Detroit Lake.

While the water is very cold at the moment it is beginning to heat up and so is the fishing.  Small lures, dry flies, and even worms will work. 

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, August 6th

Ana River: Trout Fishing Should Still Be Good
Fourmile Lake: Fourmile Lake Report
Upper Klamath Lake: Upper Klamath & Agency Lakes Report
Miller Lake: Good For Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Wood River: The Grasshopper Frenzy Continues
Applegate Reservoir: Applegate Reservoir Fishing Report
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Water Levels Are Extremely Low
Lost Creek Reservoir: Lost Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Rogue River Lower: Chinook Fishing Has Improved
Rogue River Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Tenmile Lakes: Tenmile Lakes Fishing Report
Willow Lake: Willow Lake Report
Nestucca River: Summer Steelhead Run Continues to Pick Up
Trask River: Coastal Cutthroat Trout Are Still Throughout the System
Wilson River: Summer Steelhead Numbers Should Be Increasing
Clackamas River: It’s The Summer Doldrums on The Clackamas
Detroit Reservoir: Kokanee & Trout Fishing Has Been Very Good
Dexter Reservoir: Dexter Reservoir Report
Fern Ridge Reservoir: Fern Ridge Reservoir Report
Green Peter Reservoir: Kokanee Fishing Has Been Fair
McKenzie River: McKenzie River Fishing Report
Middle Fork of the Williamette: Middle Fork Williamette Report
Sandy River: River Conditions Are Ideal For Fish Movement

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