Santiam River Fishing

fishing guides of the Santiam river

South Santiam Fish Hatchery is one of more than 30 fish hatcheries operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
In 1925 the first fish hatchery on the South Santiam River began operations about 5 miles upstream from today's present site, rearing annually approximately 100,000 Spring Chinook in dirt ponds for release into the South Santiam River.

The present site came about with the construction of Foster Dam. In 1968 the facility was dedicated for the rearing of Spring Chinook and Summer Steelhead.

This facility was built and annually funded in part by the US Army Corps of Engineers to compensate for the loss of spawning and rearing areas above the dams on the South
Santiam River.

Hatchery is located downriver at north end of Foster Dam.
From Sweet Home, drive east on Hwy. 20, to Foster Reservoir, north on road across Foster Dam, then west to hatchery.
Goodwin Fishing Guide Service

Goodwin Guide Service: Roger Goodwin has been fishing for Salmon Sturgeon and Steelhead in Oregon for 50 years and is Coast Guard Licensed and insured and provides a quality full day fishing trip with all tackle and bait provided. Rodger fishes the Tillamook Bay Columbia, Willamette and North Santiam and Siletz Rivers and Buoy 10 in Astoria. He guides for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and oversize sturgeon Join Roger and fish from a 22 ft Willy Jet Sled with seating for four or from a 17 ft Willy drift boat in the North Santiam River.

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     South Santiam Hatchery annually rears and releases in conjunction with other state operated fish hatcheries approximately 1 million spring Chinook and 145,000 summer steelhead for the So. Santiam River. With an additional 40,000 summer steelhead to the North Santiam River. The hatchery annually takes approximately 2.5 million spring Chinook and 1.75 million summer steelhead eggs for the use in the state hatchery system
South Santiam Hatchery Facts

14 Burrows rearing ponds and one adult holding pond.
A staff of four employees.
An RV site for hatchery host volunteers.
Yearly release approximately 108,000 pounds of juvenile fish.
Annual feed approximately 120,000 pounds of fish feed.
Approximately 11.7 million gallons of water flows through the 14 rearing ponds daily.
Returning adults placed into hatchery holding pond do not require food during their stay of up to 11 months.
Salmon rear in fresh water for a year to a year and a half before migrating to the ocean. Steelhead rear for a year and a half in fresh water before they migrate. At release salmon juveniles are about 6 inches in length and steelhead 7 inches.
These hatchery fish are not intended to replace wild populations, but are to enhance the numbers of fish available for the enjoyment of all anglers.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask one of our employees or hatchery hosts. You can also stop by the office located by the flag pole.

Santiam River

Santiam River Spring Chinook

Spring Chinook adults spend three to four years in the ocean before returning to the hatchery. Averaging 15 pounds and weighing up to 40 pounds, these fish are a prize catch of anglers from the mouth of the Columbia river to the upper reaches of the Willamette river and its tributaries.

Summer Steelhead on the Santiam River

Introduced to the Santiam river in the late sixties from Washington State this species of steelhead has gained both in numbers and popularity among anglers in the Willamette River system Adults return to the hatchery two to three years after being released. The average adult weighs 6 pounds but can reach up to 18 pounds.

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And RV Parks In The Santiam River Area

Both the North and South Santiam rise in high Cascades in eastern Linn County. The Middle Santiam River joins the South Santiam where the South Santiam is impounded to form Foster Lake. The North Santiam is impounded to form the 400-ft deep Detroit Lake in the Cascades. The Santiam is a major source of water supply for Salem, the capital city of Oregon.

The North Santiam River is 60 miles In length and is shallow above Detroit Reservoir then deeper below the dam. Fish are  trout steelhead salmon. The best fishing methods are wading and bank fishing with flies above the reservoir and using fresh bait and lures below the dam. The boat & bank fishing season varies from year to year so check with ODFW. Catch winter run steelhead in March April and May. Summer run Steelhead are caught using popular Steelhead fishing baits by anglers who know how to catch Santiam River Steelhead during the summer from April through December. Spring Chinook runs on the North Santiam are from May-July. Popular fishing tips for catching Steelhead on the Santiam River include fresh bait and popular lure4s and flies or contact a local Santiam River Fishing guide. The North Santiam River is the slightly larger of the north and south forks of the Santiam River, both very productive trout, steelhead and salmon streams. The North Santiam begins its journey high in the Cascade mountains at Santiam Lake in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area and runs for 60 miles to its confluence with the South Santiam near the town of Jefferson.
THANKS to the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife for most of the information on this website.


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