Idaho Fish Report

River is currently running at 3,800 cfs at the gage in Mehama.

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.

The gate at ODFW’s Green’s Bridge property on the lower North Santiam near Jefferson will be opened later this week and will remain open until next summer.

No recent fishing reports. River levels best for fishing are at or below 3,000 cfs, and the river is currently running at 3,800 cfs at the gage in Mehama. Water clarity is good. 

Fishing for hatchery steelhead is open year-round but the run numbers were disappointingly low this year. Anglers can still do catch-and-release for trout through Oct.31, as well as keep up to five hatchery trout if any dropped down from the reservoirs above.

Fishing for Chinook is now closed to allow fish to spawn undisturbed. If you see fish paired up or actively digging in the gravel to build their nests, please give them a wide berth to avoid stressing them unnecessarily. The coho salmon run this year appears to be shaping up well. About 7,500 adults have been counted at Willamette Falls so far crossing into the upper basin with many more to come.  About 80 adult fish have already arrived at the Bennett dams fish counting station in Stayton. Anglers are allowed to keep two fish below Stayton, where most of the fish are concentrated. Above the Stayton-Scio bridge, coho fishing is closed until Oct. 15 to protect spawning chinook.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, October 6th
Upper Klamath Lake: Upper Klamath Lake Fishing Report
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Sun Creek: Fishing not recommended at this time. Flows are at 7 cfs
Williamson River: No treble hooks allowed!
Ben Irving Reservoir: Fishing should be good with cooler conditions
Chetco River: The estuary has been bustling with boat and bank anglers lately
Cooper Creek Reservoir: The reservoir may start to fill back up again, but it was still low at last check
Coquille River: Striped bass fishing has been good in the lower Coquille River
Diamond Lake: Recent reports indicate limits for lots of anglers and large fish
Eel Lake: Eel Lake Fishing Report
Eel River: Temporary rule changes for Chinook are now in place Aug. 1-Dec. 31
Garrison Lake: Best time to fish is early or late in the day
Rogue River- Lower: The Huntley Park seining season is coming to a close
Sixes River: Temporary low water fishing closure will start Oct. 1 in the lower river
Tenmile Lakes: Most largemouth bass are in deeper water along hard bottom points
Alsea River: 33lb. Native Chinook
Nehalem River: Chinook fishing on Nehalem Bay slowed a little this week but was still fair
Nestucca River: The Nestucca and Little Nestucca will have a limited wild coho fishery this year
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing has been fair on the Salmon River
Siletz River: ***Update*** The Siletz Basin will have a limited wild coho fishery this year
Siuslaw River: Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Siuslaw
Trask River: Chinook fishing remains best in the Trask tidewater
Wilson River: The majority of fall Chinook appear to still be in tidewater
Yaquina River: Fish are now spread throughout the estuary
Detroit Reservoir: Pretty much all techniques will catch fish
Foster Reservoir: Stocked for the last time last week

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, September 30th
C2 Cattle Ranch late archery hunt drawing now open
Grande Ronde River: Grande Ronde River opens for coho salmon harvest Oct. 1