Siletz River Estuary

 Located in Southwest, OR


Siletz River Fishing:


Chinook Fishing

The Siletz is most known for it’s larger than life chinook. Although not as large as those caught in the Kenai the Siletz is not far off, with healthy numbers of chinook in the 50lb range. On the Siltez river chinook enter the river in August but the chinook fishing is at it’s best during the fall in September and October. The tidewater areas tend to be the most productive but a few can also be caught in the upper regions as well.

Coho Fishing

Coho fishing can be very good on the Siletz rRiver however most of the Coho Salmon are wild fish which must be released. There are however still fin clipped coho available and the best times to fish Coho in the Siletz in during the months of September and October.

Steelhead Fishing

The harvest from summer and winter runs can often be similar, perhaps 2,000 fish harvested from each in a pretty good year.
In the winter, hatchery fish released into the Siletz River are from a broodstock program that uses wild steelhead to produce fin-clipped runs for harvest. These fish carry on their parents’ habit of returning later than fish reared in hatcheries for many generations. Therefore, while the very first fish may arrive around Thanksgiving, and catches can be made at Christmas most years, expect the very best fishing to be from January through March.

Winter fish will be caught in small numbers in April, which also is the month the first summer-run fish generally are caught. Numbers build in spring and catches often are best in June and July, until the river gets very low and warm in mid- to late summer. Fishing for summer steelhead often picks up again in late September and well into fall, when cooler temperatures and rainfall can turn a sluggish summer fish into aggressive biters.

Best River Levels

The best fishing levels are when the gauge at Siletz reads between 4 and a bit over 7 feet, especially if the level is dropping. The absolute ideal level is very close to 5.5 feet. Plunking with bait is more often successful in higher, off-color water up to 8.5 feet, with ideal conditions for this method in the 7- or 7.5-foot neighborhood. In much of summer and often into early fall, the levels will almost always be low, but fish can still be caught.


Salmonid Species:


Chinook Salmon

Silver Salmon

Coho Salmon



When to Fish

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The Siletz river is open year round for hatchery Steelhead and from April to December for Chinook.

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



Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 2 adult salmon or 2 steelhead per day plus up to 5 jack salmon per day as well.

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



Required Tackle:

 Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon and steelhead.



Herring, Roe, and Shrimp.



Natural scents tend to work best such as bait fish or eggs.


Tackle Tips:

If trolling pull herring or spinners through the wider sections. Bank fishing bait and bobber fishing is popular in the narrower upper tidewater.


Combat Fishing Rating:

No significant fishing pressure. Eye protection still recommended preferably polarized!


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