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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Nov 6th

Willamette flows as reported at the Falls nearly doubled from the last day of October to the 1st of November. It has been moderating since that time with visibility holding at around three feet. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50s. Fall Chinook passage has all but come to a standstill with about…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Oct 30th

Willamette water conditions are yet to show much reaction to rainfall this week. Oh, the giant of the valley seems to be stirring in its sleep, but it wasn’t until October 27th that any indication of additional water upstream was reflected in flows at all. Fish passage is insignificant with the exception of coho which…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for October 23rd

With the season changing, the water temperature at the Falls has been very gradually dropping to the current 60 degrees. Chinook and steelhead passage has followed suit for the most part while coho daily counts are still chugging along although fewer than 2,000 have made it upriver thus far. While low, McKenzie levels remain decent…

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

Data for daily and year-to-date numbers at Willamette Falls was updated to October 13th late this afternoon, so all references to follow are as of that date. Fall Chinook daily counts fell over the past several days to 50-ish per day from a series of about 150 per day for a week prior. There are…

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

Water temperatures at Willamette Falls have dropped only one degree I the past 10 days, to the current 62 degrees. The water is clear with visibility over nine feet with flows gradually dropping. Trout fishing has been a rewarding pasting on the McKenzie River for fly anglers over the past several weeks with the river…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Oct 2nd

With water temperatures dipping to the lower 60s, passage of salmon is picking up at Willamette Falls. Nearly 150 fall Chinook crossed on Sunday, September 25th alone to help push the latest cumulative total to nearly 1,300. Daily coho numbers have been ramping up since mid-September with the total as of September 29th topping 400.…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for September 25th

Now that water temperatures have fallen to the mid-60s as measured at Willamette Falls, fish movement has picked up. Nearly 1,000 fall Chinook adults have been counted along with about 230 coho. There should be a slight increase in flows (with emphasis on slight) with showers falling today. While the river gauge at Vida indicated…

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

Flow at Willamette Falls has not changed over the past two weeks although the water temperature did drop two degrees over that period of time to the 68 degree reading today, September 17th. Over 100 fall Chinook were counted on September 14th which pushed the cumulative total to 620 on that date. Summer steelhead are…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for September 11th

Of passing interest is that nearly 300 fall Chinook have been counted at Willamette Falls along with over 800 jacks. A handful of coho adults and jacks have also been seen here. A modest surge in summer steelhead crossing since the 1st of September drew a few comments from anglers but as the daily counts…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report For Sept 4, 2015

While rain falling at last in the Pacific Northwest didn’t bring about an end to the drought, it was catalyst for a number of changes in rivers and streams, not the least of which was the lifting of a precedent-setting fishing curfew as of September 1st. The emergency regulation which closed the lower Willamette was…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for August 28th

Water temperatures have been 76 degrees at Willamette Falls. Not much else matters with the lower river closed to all but warm water fishing, except for those who fish for these species in which case it’s pretty good. Level and flow on the McKenzie have changed little over the past week with the lower river temperature…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for August 21st

Water temperature was at 77 degrees at Willamette Falls as of Wednesday this week with water flows continuing to decrease. Chinook counts changed officially from spring to fall fish starting August 16th with a few crossing daily. While there is usually a little fluctuation in the water on the McKenzie, both the level and flow…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

The latest water temperature reading at Willamette Falls was 76 degrees but that was nine days ago. Does anyone care? Neither do the data gatherers. Unless you’re warm water fishing (which is a pretty good bet) there’s nothing of interest to anglers on the lower Willamette. Water level and flow at the McKenzie River has…

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Willamette, McKenzie and Santiam Rivers Fishing Report and Forecast August 7th – August 13th, 2015

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Fish movement over Willamette Falls is not of much interest to anglers at this time of year (at least until coho start to show). An uptick in fish passage last week was noted. Water temperatures are showing signs of moderation with the latest readings in the mid-70s.…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report and Forecast July 31 – August 6th, 2015

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Perhaps it was the passing showers a few days ago. Of course it was. Water temperatures at Willamette Falls plummeted from 81 degrees to a bone-chilling 75 and the flow, well, the flow changed very little. Regardless, there are a few fish crossing now which is sorta…

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