Winter Steelhead Improved this Last Week

Siletz River - Lincoln City, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Winter steelhead improved this last week with the rise in river levels and good conditions as the river dropped into shape. The drift boaters caught a good number of hatchery fish over the weekend. Cold weather and low clear flows have slowed things down a bit but the rain forecasted for later this week will warm things up and bring the river back to that steelhead green color. Anglers are starting to catch more wild fish in the basin as well, remember to handle these wild fish with care and immediately release them back into the river. January is typically when things heat up and continue through March/April. Side drifting, bobber dogging, bobber fishing with jigs, and casting lures are all great techniques to catch winter steelhead.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

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. 

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Saturday, January 12th

Rogue River Upper: Commission meets Jan. 18 in Salem
Columbia River: Joint workgroup of Oregon, Washington commissioners meets about Columbia River fisheries