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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for March 4th, 2016

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – As of Wednesday this week, we were close enough to 3,000 winter steelhead counted, that we’ll call it that as the daily numbers bumped up, just not very much. Speaking of bumping up, that’s what’s going to happen to the flow with rain starting up again. Dang, just when…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Feb 26th

With the water at Willamette Falls continuing to drop and the water clearing to the current 2.8 feet, about 600 winter steelhead have been counted over the past 10 days, bringing the total as of February 14th to 2,650. These are all wild fish, of course, the majority of which are destined for the Santiam…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Feb 19th

Water temperatures of the Willamette River have been climbing at the Falls for two weeks, currently nearing the 50-degree mark. Water level and flow, both of which were increasing through Tuesday this week with rainfall earlier this week, have started to decrease with visibility improving accordingly. The spring Chinook that crossed Willamette Falls on February…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Feb 12th

Water level and flow have been on a downward trend since the first day of February with water visibility improving to 2,8 feet as of the latest reading. While the significance of an average of 50 or so winter steelhead passing the Falls on their upriver journey, as is the February 9th total of 1,654,…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Feb 5th

The Willamette River, as the largest in the valley, has yet to start to react to the freshet that is inevitable from heavy rainfall today and that which will fall over the weekend. No spring Chinook have yet been reported from the lower river. While the waters of the McKenzie River have been dropping for…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Jan 29th

After two solid weeks of water visibility readings at Willamette Falls in the sub-one-foot range at Willamette Falls and as the water flow moderates, the visibility is officially one foot. Yeah! Anybody springer fishing? Oh, wait, is that a rain cloud on the horizon? Yep, and here we go again. It’s winter in Oregon and…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Jan 22nd

Water clarity at Willamette Falls, well, there hasn’t been much with the visibility unchanged from less than one foot for over a week now. Ah, ‘must be winter in Oregon. Winter steelhead have kept somewhat busy in order to fulfill their upstream destiny with solid double digits in the daily counts which has brought to…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Jan 15th

With the lower Willamette water rising, so are the daily counts for winter steelhead at the Falls. Double digits were noted on January 7th and continued every day since. The YTD total as of Today, January 14th is 328. OK, not jaw-dropping, but definitely an improvement and a little something positive for the North Santiam.…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Jan 9th

The online data PDF for Willamette Falls looked wrong. There was almost no information and – oh yeah! – New Year, new information. But not much of it as one might well imagine just a few days into 2015 through the middle of this week. With the water temperature at 40 degrees, there have been…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Jan 1, 2016

For the first time in nearly three weeks, steelhead tallied a daily count in the double digits at Willamette Falls on December 29th. Sure, it was only 10 fish, but still, that brings the upstream total to 123 as of that date. Besides, nothing else is happening at the Falls and we wanted you to…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Dec 24th

The shortest day of the year came and went with the winter solstice on December 22nd. Now the days get longer and a new year approaches. Anglers will need license and combination tag to fish in 2016. To save you the sticker shock, that’ll be $73 total. The combination tag allows anglers to fish for…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Dec 18th

All rivers in the Willamette Valley are swollen, muddy and unfishable. This is a situation we’ll have to live with for the coming week. There are always alternatives in Oregon, however, so read on for some ideas. The Guide’s Forecast – The extremely high, muddy waters of the lower Willamette will be unsafe to boat…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Dec 4th

Level and flow of the Willamette River were dropping through the 1st of December, That’s when the turnaround started and is expected to continue for a while In addition to more water coming over the Falls, the turbidity will increase and visibility plummet. This isn’t all bad news. Be aware that a kayak club will…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

The small surge (117 counted) of coho on November 18th has once again dwindled to a trickle as the 2015 run goes out with a whimper. The winter steelhead total as of the 25th was 74, but steelheaders take hope as this run is barely starting. While water levels are dropping, visibility in the lower…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Nov 20th

Water temp at Willamette Falls dropped from about 55 degrees down to 49 over the past two weeks. Predictably, visibility has been greatly reduced as well by muddy water flowing not only from the river upstream but all the tributaries which feed it. Fish passage is fairly dismal but it’s not all bad news for…

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