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 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 Fishing Report and Forecast May 29th – June 4th, 2015

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Lower Willamette conditions have changed little over the past week according to data sensors at the Falls although the water temperature has unsurprisingly crept up a bit to 64 degrees. Count on it being higher than that as one measures downriver below the Falls as clear skies…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

Willamette River Fishing Report – About 2,700 adult spring Chinook were counted on the last day of April while the first two days of May, counters say over 1,200 and 1,300 respectively. The cumulative total as of the 2nd of May (the latest data available) was a staggering 20,221. Compare that to 3,124 on that…

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Smelt is becoming the bait of choice

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Flows of the Willamette at the Falls have been moderating and the water has been clearing. The latest temperature reading was right at 50 degrees as of February 19th. Daily counts of winter steelhead have been ramping up into the hundreds, putting the latest total about 2,150.…

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Catch and release sturgeon on the lower Willamette

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Passage of winter steelhead at the Falls has slowed over the past couple of weeks. Water flowing from upstream is still muddy, adding to the turbidity of the lower river. Water levels remain high on the McKenzie River. The Santiam system has not yet recovered from rainfall…

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Sturgeon on the lower Willamette

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Water flow at Willamette Falls has once again started to drop with the temperature gradually rising to the mid-40s. According to the latest reading, the visibility is about one foot. Daily winter steelhead passage has once again dropped off to single digits. Waters of the McKenzie crested…

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Steelhead Starting with CR Sturgeon Looking Good

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – While data readings at Willamette Falls indicate the level dropping and the water clearing, this is due to change. Keep in mind that, due to the mass of water in the Willamette, change will take place more slowly than in tributaries and other valley rivers, as will…

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