SILETZ RIVER: winter & summer steelhead
Winter steelhead fishing has slowed down on the Siletz and is winding down at the end of the season. Very few fish are being caught and soon anglers will focus on the summer steelhead. The Siletz River is open year-round for steelhead and we have reports of the first few summer steelhead being caught. The summer steelhead fishery will pick up in May and peak in June and July. Anglers are catching a good mix of hatchery and wild fish.
Summer steelhead in the Siletz River offer a great warm weather steelheading experience. 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. Fishing will improve in May and peaks mid-June through July/August and then continues to produce fish until the heavy rains come in the fall.
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.
This concludes our 2019 Siletz River fishing report