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~North Santiam creel encountered 43 anglers. There were 1 summer steelhead kept, 3 spring chinook kept, and 2 chinook released. As of August 17, the ACE has maintained the flow in the North Santiam at 850 cfs. Detroit levels shoud continue to slowly drop. Water temperatures at Mehama ranged between 51 and 63 degrees this week. Spring chinook season closed on August 15th and reopens on November 1st.

~South Santiam creel encountered 89 anglers. There were 9 summer steelhead kept and 6 chinook released. As of August 17, the ACE has maintained the flow in the South Santiam to 550 cfs. Water temperatures at Foster were between 54 and 56 degrees. The season for chinook closed on August 15th and will reopen on November 1st.

~Foster Lake creel encountered 67 anglers. There were 58 rainbows kept, 10 rainbows released, and 3 smolt kept. The water temperature continues to stay warm (~71 degrees) and the trout are found around 30-40 feet down.

~Green Peter-I only talked to two anglers and they had 6 kokanee. They said that it was slow for everyone around them as well. The Thistle Creek ramp is still the only boat ramp access. As of August 17, the ACE has raised the flow from Green Peter dam to 610 cfs.

~McKenzie River creel encountered 132 anglers. There were 3 summer steelhead kept, 1 summer steelhead released, 2 spring chinook kept, and 3 chinook released. In addition, there were 55 hatchery rainbows kept, 67 hatchery trout released, 9 unmarked rainbows released, 1 cutthroat released, and 4 smolt released. As of August 17, the ACE has maintained the flow from Cougar dam at 220 cfs. Cougar is empty due to construction of a water temperature control structure. Cougar quit generating on April 1, 2002 and will remain out of service until 2005. Stomach contents of 857 hatchery trout recovered from releases in the McKenzie River have been examined this season. Most trout had ingested only aquatic insects, however, 9 chinook fry, 10 unidentified salmonids, one sculpin and a lamprey ameoceote have been found. Chinook fry are large this time of year, and it would be difficult for a rainbow trout to eat some of the larger fry. However, trout that we are keeping in the hatchery are still able to eat the smaller fry. Water temperatures at Walterville were between 56 and 63 degrees. Spring chinook season closed on August 15.

~Middle Fork Willamette creel is completed for the 2003 season. As of August 17, the ACE has lowered the flow coming out of Lookout Point Reservoir to 2350 cfs. Flows have been increased from Hills Creek to help support Lookout Point pool levels.

~Adult traps on the North Santiam (Stayton Island) captured 0 marked summer steelhead, 14 marked spring chinook, and 1 unmarked spring chinook. To date, there have been 1877 marked summer steelhead, 40 unmarked summers, 679 winter steelhead, 5822 marked spring chinook, and 617 unmarked chinook caught in the traps. Very few fish are moving upstream through the traps. There are approximately 100-150 Chinook below Upper Bennett Dam. Some chinook have been seen spawning in the N. Santiam River.

~The Leaburg trap captured 0 marked summer steelhead, 0 unmarked summer steelhead, 1 marked spring chinook, and 1 unmarked spring chinook. To date, there have been 94 marked summer steelhead, 17 unmarked summer steelhead, 346 marked spring chinook, and 188 unmarked spring chinook captured in the trap.

~The Foster Dam trap (South Santiam) remains closed. It will reopen in Mid-August. To date, there have been 858 winter steelhead, 4123 summer steelhead, and 5032 spring chinook captured in the trap.

[ 08-21-2003, 10:32 PM: Message edited by: LilSteelie ]
 
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