January is Typically When Things Heat Up

Siletz River - Lincoln City, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Winter steelhead are starting to show up in the Siletz River.  It is still a little early for the Siletz but the winter steelhead fishing will continue to improve as we get later into December.  January is typically when things heat up and continue through March/April.

Forecast heavy rains early in the week will blow out the river but conditions should improve by the weekend.  Side drifting, bobber dogging, bobber fishing with jigs, and casting lures are all great techniques to catch winter steelhead.

When fishing for winter steelhead remember to practice good ethics and leave spawning Chinook and coho salmon alone so they can provide fish for the future.

Fall Chinook fishing continues to be slow on the Siletz River.  Due to lower than expected returns and conservation concerns, the Siletz River is now closed to Chinook fishing above the marker located approximately 1200 ft. upstream of the Ojalla boat ramp.  Below the deadline the bag limit for fall Chinook is reduced to one adult Chinook per day and a limit of 3 from Nov. 1 through the remainder of the season.

All wild coho must be released during the 2018 fall salmon season.

Steelhead fishing is open in the gorge area year-round but salmon fishing/retention is closed upstream of the marker approximately 1200 ft. above the Ojalla boat ramp  for the remainder of the 2018 fall salmon season.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

The 3.5 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.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Coos River: Steelhead Should be Entering the Rivers with the Next Big Rain
Galesville Reservoir: Fishing for Bass and Other Panfish Should be Decent
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie Reservoir Fishing Report
Lost Creek Lake: Large Rainbows Have Been Stocked
Rogue River- Lower: Lower Rogue River Fishing Report
Rogue River - Middle: Rogue River Middle Fishing Report
Rogue River- Upper: Rogue River Upper Fishing Report
Tenmile Lakes: Trout Fishing is Starting to Pick up Again
Alsea River: Winter Steelhead Fishing has Begun
Kilchis River: Kilchis River Steelhead Run
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