Miami River

miami river at the mouth

The Miami river at the mouth.

Located in Tillamook County, OR


Miami River Fishing:

The Miami river is the smallest tributary of the Tillamook bay river systems and is best known for catch-and-release fishing for chum salmon in the late fall.

The Miami also offers a fair fall Chinook salmon run as well as winter steelhead.   Most of the steelhead caught during this time of year are mostly wild steelhead with few stray hatchery fish mixed in.

Note: All Steelhead and Chinook (must be released if not fin-clipped) as well as all Chum salmon.

Boat traffic is generally found in the tidewaters of the Miami river and bank fishing access can be found in the upper stretches of the Miami along the Miami Forest Rd.


Salmonid Species:


Chinook Salmon



When to Fish

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• Open for adipose fin-clipped steelhead Jan. 1-March 31 and May 23-Dec. 31.
• Open for adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon May 23-July 31.
• Open for fall Chinook salmon Aug. 1-Dec. 31; 2 adult Chinook salmon per day

**See Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife REGS for exact times.



Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 2 adult fin clipped chinook or 2 fin clipped steelhead per day.

**See Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife REGS for details.



Required Tackle:

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon and steelhead on most Oregon waterways.


Bait fish, Roe, and shrimp.



Natural scents generally work best like salmon egg or shrimp.


Effective Techniques:

Trolling bait fish in the tide waters, Drifting roe or jig under a bobber, twitching jigs and throwing hardware in the main stem and upper.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Can have pressure in the tide waters, upper not so much . Eye protection still recommended in the hot spots!


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