ODFW Fish Migration Report for June 28, 2012

River flows rates are excel­lent right now, cur­rently around 2,500 cfs at Mehama on the North Fork. Large num­bers of fish are mov­ing into the North San­tiam River.

The num­ber of sum­mer steel­head pass­ing above Willamette Falls on the Willamette stood at 19,132, on June 19. Based on video mon­i­tor­ing at Ben­nett dam near Stay­ton, sev­eral hun­dred sum­mer steel­head as well as spring chi­nook have moved into the upper San­tiam river sys­tem. But the major­ity of fish are still below Stay­ton on the North Santiam.

Spring chi­nook hatch­ery brood col­lec­tion has started at Upper Ben­nett dam and will con­tinue until the end of June, but many fish includ­ing all sum­mer steel­head are being passed above to con­tinue their migra­tion upriver.

River lev­els best for fish­ing are below 3,000 cfs at the Mehama gauge.  Check for cur­rent North San­tiam River Flow Conditions.

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