Winter Steelhead Fishing Has Picked Up

Siletz River - Lincoln City, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Winter steelhead fishing picked up on the Siletz River as the river dropped back into shape over the weekend and into this week. The mid-week storms looks to raise the river above ideal conditions but it will be fishing again by the weekend. Expect the fishing to be good as the river drops back into shape over the next few days.

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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