North Fork Santiam River Report

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


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
12-9-2020
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SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK):

Hwy 22 has been re-opened, although delays will continue and many access points to the river above Stayton, such as Packsaddle and Fisherman’s Bend, remain closed due to wildfire damage. 

No recent fishing reports. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs, and the river is currently running around 2,500 cfs

A few hatchery summer steelhead are still around. Fishing for hatchery steelhead is open year-round. 

The coho salmon run has slowed, with few fish passing Stayton in the past week or two. Coho can be found throughout the river but are more likely to be encountered below Mehama.  

Anglers should be aware that trout harvest is now closed and will not re-open until May 22.

NOTICE:  Packsaddle County Park, Niagara County Park, and Minto County Park are closed due to wildfire damage.

WARNING: There are several large downed trees in the river creating some very dangerous hazards for boaters. For more information check out the Oregon State Marine Board website.

SANTIAM RIVER (NORTH FORK) above DETROIT:

The highway along the upper North Santiam has re-opened but many places will look a lot different. Be aware that there are still many dangerous tree snags around with root structures weakened by fire and that could come down at any moment. It will be safer to fish in unburned areas further upstream (above Whitewater Creek).

In general, this river is open year-round to fishing. It was stocked several times during the summer. 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 700 cfs where it comes into Detroit Lake.

Anglers may keep up to five trout per day. Remember, this section of river is closed to salmon fishing.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Applegate Reservoir: Reservoir is 1% Full
Chetco River: Low Water Has Kept Steelhead Fishing From Taking Off
Elk River: Low Water Has Kept Most Anglers at Home
Emigrant Reservoir: Barely A Puddle
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Report
Galesville Reservoir: Galesville Reservoir Report
Garrison Lake: Good Time to Fish At The Lake
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Some Patches of Ice, But For The Most Part Very Fishable
Hyatt Lake: Hyatt Lake Report
Lake Selmac: Trout Should Still Be Available
Lost Creek Lake: Lost Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Medco Pond: Medco Pond Fishing Report
Rogue River- Lower: Low Water Has Kept Most Anglers at Home
Rogue River - Middle: Middle Rogue Fishing Report
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Sixes River: Sixes River Report
Umpqua River: Umpqua River Report
Necanicum River: Steelhead Fishing Was Slow Last Week
Nehalem River: Nehalem River Report
Nestucca River: Getting Started For Winter Steelhead
Siuslaw River: Siuslaw River Report
Trask River: Still A Bit of an in Between Time of Year
Wilson River: Still Slightly on The Early Side For Steelhead
Clackamas River: Still Early For The Best of The Steelhead Run
Detroit Reservoir: Detroit Reservoir Report
Eagle Creek: Eagle Creek Report
Foster Reservoir: Foster Reservoir Report
Green Peter Reservoir: Green Peter Reservoir Report
Sandy River: Anglers Should Comfirm Access Before They Go

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