The river level has increased from recent rains but should still be clear

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


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
10-28-2021
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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, but fishing gets harder in the winter when the fish’s metabolism slows down. Now might be a good time to go before winter sets in for good. 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.

The river level has increased from recent rains but should still be clear. Currently it’s flowing around 600 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 Thursday, October 28th

Snake River- Below Hells Canyon Reservoir: Bass fishing will be good throughout the Oregon section of the Snake River
Chewaucan River: Fishing will be poor this week due to rain
Upper Klamath Lake: Redband trout are scattering throughout Upper Klamath Lake
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Catch rates were low on opening day and effort was very high
Lake Of The Woods: Fishing for yellow perch will be your best bet
Sprague River: Opened to fishing through Oct. 31
Williamson River: Flows are very low, fishing is good
Wood River: Best section is from Fort Klamath to Weed Road for brown trout
Arizona Pond: The pond was stocked heavily this spring
Ben Irving Reservoir: Lots of rain has likely muddied the waters
Bradley Lake: Trout fishing has been good at Bradley Lake
Butterfield Lake: Anglers are reported great fishing at Butterfield Lake
Chetco River: Water levels have risen and color up some
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Cooper Creek Reservoir Report
Coos River: Boat and bank anglers (on the jetty) are still catching rockfish inside lower Coos Bay
Coquille River: There are still a few striped bass in the lower river
Diamond Lake: Recent reports show that anglers are easily finding fish
Elk River: Recent rain most likely brought the first few groups of early Chinook into the river
Galesville Reservoir: The boat ramp is unusable at this time!
Lemolo Lake: Lemolo Lake Report
Sixes River: Recent significant rainfall was enough to warrant lifting the low water closure
Tenmile Lakes: Yellow perch anglers are reporting decent catches
Umpqua River: Umpqua River Report
Kilchis River: Chinook salmon should be moving into the Kilchis river following these rains
Miami River: There should be some Chinook moving into the river with the recent rains
Necanicum River: There should be fish throughout the system
Nehalem River: Chinook and coho fishing in the bay has really slowed
Nestucca River: There should be good numbers of Chinook pushing into the Nestucca basin this week
Wilson River: Conditions may be challenging, but there should still be some opportunity to catch
Detroit Reservoir: Detroit Reservoir Report
Santiam River ( North Fork) : The coho salmon run this year appears to be shaping up well

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