Santiam River North Fork Report

Santiam River ( North Fork) - Stayton, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Many public access points along the river are still closed from last year’s wildfires, including Fisherman’s Bend, and all recreation areas along the Little North Fork. But Packsaddle Park has recently re-opened, which is just below Minto Dam. Anglers can still access the river from Stayton downstream and in a few places above such as the Mehama bridge and North Santiam State Park.

The gate at ODFW’s Green’s Bridge property on the lower North Santiam near Jefferson remains locked, but will reopen later this month. Until then, only anglers with boat trailers will be able to park past the gate, and they must first request a key. Anglers can call ODFW’s Corvallis field office at (541) 757-4186 to get an application form.

No recent fishing reports. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs, and the river is currently running at 1,660 cfs at the gage in Mehama. Water clarity is good. 

Fishing for hatchery steelhead is open year-round but the run numbers were low this year.

Fishing for Chinook is closed as of Sept. 1 to allow them to spawn undisturbed. If you see fish paired up or actively digging in the gravel to build their nests, please give them a wide berth to avoid stressing them unnecessarily. The first handful of coho have arrived at Willamette Falls but it will be several weeks before they arrive in numbers in the basin. 

Hatchery trout harvest is now open until Oct. 31, with a limit of 5 per day. Wild trout need to be released unharmed.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, September 9th

Beulah Reservoir: Beulah Reservoir is Now Dry
Blitzen River: Carp Fishing Open One More Week
Campbell Reservoir: Water levels are extremely low
Chickahominy Reservoir: Chickahominy Reservoir is now dry
Gerber Reservoir: Targeting yellow perch continues to be your best bet
John C Boyle Reservoir: A few largemouth bass and crappie are being caught
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is 4.7 feet below full pool and 32 percent full
Krumbo Reservoir: There may be cyanobacteria present so avoid swimming
Lake Of The Woods: This is a good time to chase largemouth bass in the lake
Warm Springs Reservoir: Warm Springs reservoir is now dry.
Williamson River: Fishing has been good
Wood River: Wood River Fishing Report
Applegate Reservoir: The only useable boat ramp at Applegate Reservoir is the French Gulch Boat Ramp
Applegate River: The river is open to trout fishing
Ben Irving Reservoir: Ben Irving hasn’t been stocked with trout in a while
Chetco River: A few anglers are starting to troll the estuary for salmon
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Cooler nights should get the bite to come on
Eel Lake: Anglers are still catching a few trout this past weekend
Elk River: Temporary rule changes for Chinook are now in place
Emigrant Reservoir: The best success out here will be targeting warmwater fish
Fish Lake : The current lake level is 15 percent full and is slowly filling
Floras Lake: Anglers should try fishing early or late in the day
Galesville Reservoir: The reservoir is about 10 feet above the lowest height on record
Lemolo Lake: Anglers have also reported catching tiger trout
Rogue River- Lower: The Rogue Bay has been busy with anglers
Rogue River - Middle: ODFW has lifted the 2 p.m. fishing closure between Lobster and Hog creeks
Rogue River- Upper: Chinook fishing is closed from Fishers Ferry upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery through the end of the year
Sixes River: Temporary low water fishing closure will start Oct. 1
Nehalem River: “Summer” Chinook fishing continues to be fair
Trask River: Trask River Fishing Report
Clackamas River: Summer steelhead are currently being caught
Eagle Creek: The creek remains too low and clear to offer much fishing opportunity
Fern Ridge Reservoir: There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds
Foster Reservoir: This reservoir is now full and all three boat ramps are currently available
Green Peter Reservoir: The water level in the reservoir continues to drop and will continue to do so through the fall
North Fork Reservoir: Trout fishing has been good in the North Fork Reservoir
Quartzville Creek: The road closure along most of Quartzville Creek was lifted last weekend
Sandy River: Summer steelhead fishing has been slow on the Sandy

Limited coastal wild coho seasons set to open Sept. 15

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