The river level has increased from recent rains

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


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
10-6-2021
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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. The allotment of hatchery trout has been completed and no more fish are scheduled to be released this year. But plenty of trout were released throughout June and July and many of these fish are still available. Most trout can be found from Marion Forks down to the mouth and are well-distributed. Flies and spinners work best, but bait is allowed.

With dry weather in the forecast, this would be a good time to venture out to this beautiful river. Be aware that this is the peak spawning period for chinook salmon. If you see these fish, please keep your distance to avoid spooking them.  

The river level has increased from recent rains but should still be clear. Currently it’s flowing around 370 cfs where it enters Detroit Lake. Anglers may see some salmon carcasses along the river in a few places. Many of them were placed there by hatchery staff and volunteers to provide vital nutrients into the river and enhance the food web.   

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, October 6th
Upper Klamath Lake: Upper Klamath Lake Fishing Report
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Sun Creek: Fishing not recommended at this time. Flows are at 7 cfs
Williamson River: No treble hooks allowed!
Ben Irving Reservoir: Fishing should be good with cooler conditions
Chetco River: The estuary has been bustling with boat and bank anglers lately
Cooper Creek Reservoir: The reservoir may start to fill back up again, but it was still low at last check
Coquille River: Striped bass fishing has been good in the lower Coquille River
Diamond Lake: Recent reports indicate limits for lots of anglers and large fish
Eel Lake: Eel Lake Fishing Report
Eel River: Temporary rule changes for Chinook are now in place Aug. 1-Dec. 31
Garrison Lake: Best time to fish is early or late in the day
Rogue River- Lower: The Huntley Park seining season is coming to a close
Sixes River: Temporary low water fishing closure will start Oct. 1 in the lower river
Tenmile Lakes: Most largemouth bass are in deeper water along hard bottom points
Alsea River: 33lb. Native Chinook
Nehalem River: Chinook fishing on Nehalem Bay slowed a little this week but was still fair
Nestucca River: The Nestucca and Little Nestucca will have a limited wild coho fishery this year
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing has been fair on the Salmon River
Siletz River: ***Update*** The Siletz Basin will have a limited wild coho fishery this year
Siuslaw River: Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Siuslaw
Trask River: Chinook fishing remains best in the Trask tidewater
Wilson River: The majority of fall Chinook appear to still be in tidewater
Yaquina River: Fish are now spread throughout the estuary
Detroit Reservoir: Pretty much all techniques will catch fish
Foster Reservoir: Stocked for the last time last week
Santiam River ( North Fork) : River is currently running at 3,800 cfs at the gage in Mehama.

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, September 30th
: C2 Cattle Ranch late archery hunt drawing now open
Grande Ronde River: Grande Ronde River opens for coho salmon harvest Oct. 1