Water Clarity is Good Despite High Flows

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


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
2-18-2021
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Some access sites on the North Santiam above and below Detroit Reservoir were impacted by last fall’s wildfire. Some of the more popular sites such as Packsaddle Park and Fishermen’s Bend are still closed until crews can remove hazard trees. Anglers can still access the river from Stayton downstream and in a few places above such as the Mehama bridge. 

No recent fishing reports. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs, and the river is currently running at 6,750 cfs. Water clarity is relatively good despite the high flows. 

Anglers should be aware of a new regulation implemented this year. The use of bait is now only allowed April 22 through Oct. 31 from the mouth of the Santiam River up to Minto dam. Outside of those dates, anglers may use only artificial flies and lures. 

A few hatchery summer steelhead are still around. Fishing for hatchery steelhead is open year-round. Chinook will begin to arrive in the basin in April.

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




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, February 18th

Hood River: A Few Winter Steelhead Are Being Reported
Clackamas River: Fishing is Starting To Pick Up
Detroit Reservoir: Detroit Reservoir Report
Green Peter Reservoir: Water Elevation is Starting to Slowly Rise
Sandy River: Expect New Fish Throughout The System

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