Fishing For Smallmouth Can Be Good During The Winter

Santiam River (South Fork) - Sweet Home, CA (Linn County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
1-14-2021
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Due to recent heavy rains this river is in flood condition at this time. Fishing is generally best when flows are below 3,000 cfs. Currently flows are at 8,000 cfs at the Waterloo gauge. This basin was mostly untouched by wildfires and is safe to explore.  

About 5,500 summer steelhead crossed Willamette Falls on their way to the upper basin and over 800 of these have made it to the fish ladder below Foster Dam.  Fishing for smallmouth bass can be very good during the warm months below Lebanon.

The entire river is now closed to trout fishing until May 22.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, January 14th

Upper Klamath Lake: Upper Klamath Lake Report
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Report
Applegate River: Some Nice Fish Are Starting to Show
Ben Irving Reservoir: Reservoir is Likely Rising & Muddy
Coquille River: Coquille River Basin Report
Diamond Lake: Ice May Be a Bit Thin
Emigrant Reservoir: May Not Be A Bad Spot to Target Crappie & Bass
Fish Lake : Ice Was Last Reported at 6-9 Inches
Galesville Reservoir: Reservoir is Filling Up
Hemlock Lake: Recent Report Said The Road Was Open
Hyatt Lake: Hyatt Lake Report
Illinois River: River Should Be Dropping All Week and Be Fishable Late Friday
Lake Selmac: Bass Fishing May Not Be A Bad Idea
Lost Creek Lake: Main Focus For Lake Anglers Through Winter
Rogue River - Middle: Middle Rogue River Report
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Smith River: Often Clears Faster Than Other Rivers in the Umpqua
Umpqua River: Umpqua River Report
Willow Lake: Currently 60 Percent Full
Alsea River: Winter Steelhead Fishing Has Slowed
Alsea River: Winter Steelhead Fishing Has Slowed
Kilchis River: One of The First North Coast Rivers To Come Back Into Shape
Necanicum River: Little Slower Than Expected
Nehalem River: Fishing Was Fair Last Weekend
Nestucca River: Plenty of Opportunity To Catch When The River is in Shape
Siletz River: River Will Be Dropping into Shape Quickly
Siuslaw River: Winter Steehead fishing has been blown out on the Siuslaw
Wilson River: The River Blew Out Again Early This Week
Clackamas River: High Water May Keep Anglers off The River This Week
Detroit Reservoir: Trout Are Going to be the Main Fish to Pursue
Sandy River: Some Winter Steelhead Around Once The Water Levels Begin to Drop
Santiam River North Fork-2: Difficult Fishing Conditions

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