Winter Steelhead Continues to be Fair

Siletz River - Lincoln City, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Winter steelhead continues to be fair on the Siletz. The low and clear water conditions have slowed migration and made the fishing more challenging. A mix of hatchery and wild fish are still being caught everyday by boaters and bank anglers. With the extended forecast showing no signs of considerable rain, expect more of the same conditions for the next week. The numbers of wild and hatchery fish should continue to improve, as we get closer to the peak of the run in February and March.

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.

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