The highway along the upper North Santiam has re-opened

Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake - Lyons, OR (Marion County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

The highway along the upper North Santiam has re-opened but many places will look a lot different. Traffic delays are common because of hazard tree removal. 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. About 2,200 hatchery trout are being released this week in multiple locations. 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 slowly dropping and will continue to drop as the summer progresses. Currently it is flowing around 430 cfs where it enters 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, July 21st

Upper Klamath Lake: Water temperatures are extreme on the water surface but much colder in deeper water
Miller Lake: Fishing should be excellent as the lake has been heavily stocked
Wood River: Best section is from Fort Klamath to Weed Road
Butterfield Lake: Boat and bank anglers are still catching an occasional trout
Chetco River: Upper Chetco watershed or tributaries has some great cutthroat trout fishing
Coquille River: Striped bass fishing is starting to pick up again in the lower Coquille River
Eel Lake: Boat anglers have been picking up a few trout
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant will likely be very close to reaching deadpool by mid-summer
Fish Lake : Irrigation withdrawals are continuing to make Fish Lake drop quickly.
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Emergency Regulations Chang
Rogue River- Lower: Numerous summer steelhead are being caught
Rogue River - Middle: Emergency Drought Regulations:
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Sixes River: This is a good time of year to fish the estuary for cutthroat
Kilchis River: Decent numbers of cutthroat trout have been seen and reported
Trask River: Anglers will find cutthroat trout throughout the Trask
Wilson River: Fishing on the Wilson remains slow
Detroit Reservoir: The reservoir has been stocked several times in recent weeks
Green Peter Reservoir: The water level in the reservoir has dropped below the bottom elevation of Whitcomb boat ramp
Leaburg Lake: Will be stocked again this week with 933 legal-size rainbow trout
Quartzville Creek: The river is currently running at around 30 cfs
Santiam River ( North Fork) : “Hoot owl” regulations have been rescinded below Big Cliff dam