Spring Chinook fishing has begun on the Siletz

Siletz River - Lincoln City, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

The Siletz has been remaining fair and steady throughout March and moving into April. The Siletz also has a hatchery component to its steelhead run and provides a great opportunity for early season steelhead retention. Most of the earlier fish have shot up and are hanging around in the upper Siletz Gorge. Some of the deeper pools after the 4-mile bridge likely have some fish hanging around. The Gorge provides excellent bank fishing opportunity but as winter flows settle in, be mindful of traversing the river at higher flows. ‌

Lower down in the system floating through town, anywhere between Moonshine and Old Mill has shown some excellent success. The bite has slowed over the past week, although conditions have remained fair. This weekend will have a decent amount of rain coming through which will have fish pushing higher into the gorge. ‌

We are still seeing fresh fish reaching the trap, which bodes well for bank angling along the upper gorge road! The obstruction land slide at mile post 12.1 has been removed allowing full access to the fishery. ‌

Spring Chinook fishing has begun on the Siletz. Although it's still early in the season we have had a few reports of fish being caught lower in the system. With the rains we are getting this week going into the weekend we should see some fresh fish moving into the system. ‌

Trout fishing will reopen May 22.

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