Winter Steelhead Has Been Slow

Siletz River - Lincoln City, OR

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ODFW

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Winter steelhead fishing has been slow due to high water conditions and not many fishable days in the last week. Expect more of the same this week with a chance that the river could drop into shape over the weekend.

When the river drops back into shape, there should be some good fishing opportunities as we head into February.

There has been a good mix of hatchery and wild fish being caught. The best fishing will be on the upper portions of the river and into the gorge due to the high water.

Anglers are reminded to keep wild fish in the water and release immediately after landing to minimize negative impacts to these fish. 

Both boat and bank anglers will have good opportunities when the river drops back into shape next week.. Winter steelhead typically start to show up in December and peak January through March.

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.

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