ODFW Recreation Report


Fishing

Fall chinook fishing has picked thanks to the recent weather changes and rain. Many coastal Chinook fisheries start to really pick up by mid-September.

Alsea River

Fall chinook fishing on the Alsea River has improved and is starting to pick up. Anglers did well last week, and it should continue to get better with the recent weather change and some rain. The first few weeks in September is typically when the fishing improves and continues to get better as the season progresses.

Due to low forecasted fall chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to one wild chinook per day and five per year for the mid-coast aggregate (Siletz River to Siuslaw River). There is no wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

Trout fishing in streams is open until Oct. 31. Late summer and fall are typically good times to fish for sea-run cutthroat. Check regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.

Salmon River

Fall chinook fishing has started to pick up on the Salmon River. The recent rains have moved some fish upriver and into the hatchery trap. The fishing should improve with the recent weather change and rain. Mid-September to the beginning of October is typically the best time to catch a Salmon River chinook.

Due to low forecasted fall chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to one wild chinook per day and five per year for the north coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River). There is no wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

Trout fishing is open in rivers and streams. Check the regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.

Siletz River

Fall chinook fishing has still been slow on the Siletz River. Fish are being caught every day, but overall it has been slow. The recent weather change and some rain should get things stirred up and improve the fishing. Mid-September is typically when things start to pick up and continue to improve through September and October.

Due to low forecasted fall chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to one wild chinook per day and five per year for the mid-coast aggregate (Siletz River to Siuslaw River). There is no wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

The Siletz River is open year-round for steelhead. Summer steelhead fishing continues to be slow but should improve with the recent rains. The fall rains get the summer steelhead active again and often they go on the bite after a little rain.

Anglers are catching summer steelhead throughout the system, but the best fishing is in the Moonshine and gorge areas. The summer steelhead fishery peaks in June through July/August and then continues to produce fish until the heavy rains come in the fall.

Hatchery fish are released at Twin Bridges and Moonshine Park. Many anglers fish the upper “gorge” area for these hard fighting fish. Bobber fishing with jigs/bait, casting lures, and drift fishing are great techniques to catch a Siletz summer steelhead.

The 4.0-mile bridge (aka Steel Bridge) in the Siletz gorge is open to motorized vehicles, but is only open to public vehicles on the weekend. Anglers can walk/bike in the road during the weekdays. If anglers do walk in they can park at the one-mile gate and start from there.

Trout fishing is open until Oct. 31. Late summer and fall are typically good times to target the sea-run cutthroat on many coastal streams including the Siletz River. Check the regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.

Yachats River

Fall chinook fishing opened on the Yachats River Aug. 1.

Due to low forecasted fall chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to one wild chinook per day and five per year for the mid-coast aggregate (Siletz River to Siuslaw River).

Yaquina River

Fall chinook fishing has started to pick up on the Yaquina River. It has still been slow, but anglers are catching a few fish every day. Mid-September through October are typically the best times to catch a Yaquina River Chinook.

Due to low forecasted fall chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to one wild chinook per day and five per year for the mid-coast aggregate (Siletz River to Siuslaw River). There is no wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

Trout fishing in streams is opened until Oct. 31. This is a good time of year to fish for sea-run cutthroat trout in many of the coastal streams including the lower Yaquina and estuary. Check regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.

 

— Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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