Santiam River Fishing
fishing guides of the
South Santiam Fish Hatchery is
one of more than 30 fish hatcheries operated by the Oregon Department of Fish
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Santiam River Fishing Guides Resorts
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
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.
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Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife for most of the information on
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