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~North Santiam creel encountered 153 anglers. There were 3 summer steelhead caught and kept, 18 spring chinook caught and kept, and 9 chinook released. As of July 27, the ACE has maintained the flow in the North Santiam at 850 cfs. Creel on the lower North Santiam has been completed for the 2003 season. Temperatures were unusually high this week (air temperatures over 100 for three days and water temperatures between 52 and 64 at Mehama). The season for chinook will close on August 15th and will reopen on November 1st.

~South Santiam creel encountered 172 anglers. There were 16 summer steelhead caught and kept, 9 spring chinook were kept, 8 chinook were released, and 1 cutthroat released. As of July 27, the ACE has maintained the flow in the South Santiam at 650 cfs. Creel on the lower South Santiam has been completed for the 2003 season. The season for chinook will close on August 15th and will reopen on November 1st.

~Foster Lake creel encountered 42 anglers. There were 35 rainbows kept, 1 rainbow released, 1 smallmouth bass kept, 13 smallmouth bass released, and 2 bluegill released. Boat angling is still the majority of the fishing pressure, but bank angling did pick up a bit this week. The water temperature continues to stay warm (~75 degrees) and the trout are found around 30-40 feet down.

~Green Peter-No angling report this week. Thistle Creek still remains the only boat ramp access. As of July 27, the ACE has maintained the flow from Green Peter dam at 680 cfs.

~McKenzie River creel encountered 121 anglers. There were 1 summer steelhead caught and kept, 5 spring chinook kept, and 1 chinook released. In addition, there were 57 hatchery rainbows kept, 138 hatchery trout released, 17 unmarked rainbows released, and 10 cutthroat released. As of July 27, 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 729 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 and 6 unidentified salmonids 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.

~Middle Fork Willamette creel is completed for the 2003 season. As of July 27, the ACE has maintained the flow coming out of Lookout Point Reservoir at 2530 cfs.

~Adult traps on the North Santiam (Stayton Island) captured 17 marked summer steelhead, 35 marked spring chinook, and 9 unmarked spring chinook in the traps. To date, there have been 1870 marked summer steelhead, 40 unmarked summers, 679 winter steelhead, 5786 marked spring chinook, and 613 unmarked chinook caught in the traps. Capture of chinook has dropped dramatically. A few hundred chinook remain below the upper Bennett Dam. Temperatures in the North Santiam traps ranged from 59-60 degrees this week. Someone tried to block flow into the lower Bennett trap this week ? presumably to remove fish. Fortunately, they were unsuccessful.

~The Leaburg trap captured 11 marked summer steelhead, 37 marked spring chinook, and 29 unmarked spring chinook. To date, there have been 85 marked summer steelhead, 16 unmarked summer steelhead, 304 marked spring chinook, and 165 unmarked spring chinook captured in the trap.

~The Foster Dam trap (South Santiam) remains closed and will reopen in Mid-August.
 
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