- Sep 15, 2008
When do the steelhead start showing up on this river? Around the little north fork arm. Up by mill city? Just curious.
In the South Santiam they start showing end of March, beginning of May.. depends on year. We're getting WAY more winters over the falls then last year so it may be a good native fishery this year C&R. Maybe another month and it should be worth the time to go fish for them. :dance:
at least the ones headin up the Santiam system will be in the mid-river about now... give em a few weeks once they pass oregon city, another week or two to get up the Santiam - not all the fish passing oregon city head up the Santiam though - quite a few do, but not all of em.
this year should be pretty good up there.. and some do go up little north fork.
good luck is all i can say - pretty rare catchin' til ya dial em in.
dont waste your time on the little north fork. i spent a couple of winters freezin on that river with nothin. i think the natives are few and far between that run up it.not that there not there but i think you be pretty lucky to get on strike out of fishing it a week.