Santiam River (South Fork) Fish Report for 9-8-2022
Summer steelhead returns are improved this year
Santiam River (South Fork) - Sweet Home, OR (Linn County)
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Fishing is generally best when flows are below 3,000 cfs. Currently flows are around 1,500 cfs at the Waterloo gauge. Flows are not the issue, but the recent hot weather will depress fishing activity during the middle of the day. Anglers are likely to have greater success early in the morning or late in the evening, when water temperatures are more suitable.
Summer steelhead returns are improved this year. Best sections to fish are from Waterloo upstream to just below Foster Dam. Over 1,500 summer steelhead have already entered the ladder at Foster as of Aug. 8. As a reminder, fishing for chinook is closed from Aug. 31 to Oct 15. to protect spawning fish.
Anglers may see salmon actively spawning along the river. Please keep your distance and do not disturb them during this time so they can complete this vital step in their life cycle. Also, please keep your dog away from salmon carcasses as they can make dogs very ill, even fatally so, if they are consumed.
Hatchery trout harvest season reopened on May 22. Fishing with bait is only allowed between April 22 and Oct 31. Anglers are reminded that only fin-clipped trout may be kept.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Thursday, September 8th, 2022
: ODFW Recreation Report
Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir is very low at 1 percent full
Upper Klamath Lake: Best fishing is from a boat as bank access is limited
Sprague River: Flows are low at 97 cfs
North Fork Sprague River: The river above the fire is a better bet for fishing
Sycan River: Fishing not recommended due to extensive drought and fire
Wood River: Fishing for brown trout and redband trout should be good this week
Chetco River: The bag limit reduction is in place to reduce harvest on older age wild Chinook
Coos River: Salmon fishing slowed down over the past week
Fish Lake : Reservoir draw down should be slowing
Rogue River- Lower: Fall Chinook fishing has been good in the estuary
Alsea River: Fall Chinook fishing has been good on the Alsea
Nehalem River: This past week fishing remained good
Nestucca River: The wild coho fishery for Nestucca Bay starts Saturday, Sept. 10
Siletz River: Still fish holding throughout the system
Yaquina River: Fall Chinook fishing is starting to pick up on the Yaquina
Gold Lake: Open for fishing, no new fishing reports
Leaburg Lake: Oversized fish and catch rates have been REALLY good!
McKenzie River: Will be stocked again this week
Middle Fork of the Williamette: The Middle Fork Willamette River is open to bait below Dexter Dam only
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Flows should hold steady for the next few weeks
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: Flows are currently around 6520 cfs
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