Fishing Update for the North Santiam River

Fishing Update for the North Santiam River

North Santiam Watershed Council

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.

[box type=“alert”]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.[/box]


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