Fishing Update for the North Santiam River

Based on video mon­i­tor­ing (through mid-November) at Upper and Lower Ben­nett dams near Stay­ton, approx­i­mately 5,200 sum­mer steel­head moved into the upper North San­tiam this sea­son. That’s about 20 per­cent of the nearly 25,000 sum­mer steel­head that passed the Willamette Falls this. year

  • Coho sea­son on the North San­tiam from Stay­ton up to Big Cliff Dam opened Nov. 1 and will run to Dec. 31. Bob­ber and jigs are the pre­ferred method but spoons and egg clus­ters have also been effective.
  • And now small num­bers of win­ter steel­head have begun mov­ing up the Willamette.  Expect win­ter steel­head on the North San­tiam com­ing weeks.

North San­tiam River flow lev­els have receded to 3,980 cfs at Mehama on the North San­tiam, much lower than they were a cou­ple weeks ago.  River lev­els best for fish­ing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge. With the rivers run­ning as high as they are because of the recent storms, check for cur­rent con­di­tions.

The river between Shel­burn and Green’s Bridge remains haz­ardous for boaters because of downed trees and mul­ti­ple side chan­nels. Bet­ter bets are the floats above Stay­ton but below Green’s Bridge.

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