Santiam River North Fork Report

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Many public access points along the river are still closed from last year’s wildfires, including Fisherman’s Bend, and all recreation areas along the Little North Fork. But Packsaddle Park has recently re-opened, which is just below Minto Dam. Anglers can still access the river from Stayton downstream and in a few places above such as the Mehama bridge and North Santiam State Park. 

No recent fishing reports. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs, and the river is currently running at 6,500 cfs at the gage in Mehama. Water clarity is fair. In these conditions fishing becomes difficult. These flows should come down a bit by the weekend.   are likely to change based on the expected rain forecasted for this week.  

Fishing for hatchery steelhead is open year-round but the run numbers were disappointingly low this year. Trout season has ended for the year and will start back up again on May 22. 

The coho salmon run this year was very good but many of these fish are spawning now and past their prime. About 23,000 have been counted at Willamette Falls so far crossing into the upper basin with more to come. About 450 adult fish have already arrived at the Bennett dam fish counting station in Stayton. Anglers are allowed to keep two fish per day. Although the entire river below Big Cliff dam is open, these fish tend to concentrate below Mehama. For bank anglers, best bets to intercept these fish are at I-5 rest stop, Jefferson, Buell Miller County Park and Stayton Riverfront Park.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, November 18th
ODFW Recreation Report
Ana Reservoir: Trolling lures or flies will also do a great job catching fish
Ana River: Tui chub are abundant in the river
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is very turbid from recent wind and storms
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Sky Lakes Wilderness Lakes: All lakes were stocked this summer by helicopter
Sun Creek: Fishing not recommended at this time
Fish Lake : Lake is filling nicely
Lost Creek Lake: Trout fishing should be good
Rogue River - Middle: Summer steelhead fishing has been very good
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Fishing Report
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): Winter weather is still holding off but not for much longer
Kilchis River: Chinook salmon should be in the Kilchis and throughout the fishery
Miami River: There should still be Chinook in the river
Necanicum River: Still no reports of early winter steelhead yet
Nehalem River: The mainstem Nehalem River is high and off color
Nestucca River: The Nestucca is still high and off color
Three Rivers: Three Rivers should be fishable throughout the weekend
Siuslaw River: The majority of the Fall Chinook run is above the estuary
Trask River: The Trask is high and off-color
Wilson River: There should be Chinook throughout the fishery on the Wilson
Detroit Reservoir: The reservoir elevation is about 30 feet above the bottom of Mongold boat ramp
Green Peter Reservoir: Best Bet For Fishing is where Quartzville Creek enters the reservoir
Junction City Pond: Recently Stocked
Quartzville Creek: The river is currently running very high

The park remains closed to visitors and fisherman alike during the weekdays. We are still open on weekends. We will...... Read More