Silver Salmon

Siuslaw Silvers on the Bite!

Siuslaw Silvers on the Bite!

For several weeks now the Siuslaw River has been dishing out some consistent Silver Salmon action. While trolling herring down in the Bay near Florence has been the "go to" method, some folks have found some very cooperative Coho on spinners, trolled or pitched. Impending rain may soon move the fish, but hopefully a new batch will shoot in from the Pacific as river levels from the current freshet recede.

Fall Salmon Fishing is in Full Swing on Oregon's Coastal Rivers

Fall Salmon Fishing is in Full Swing on Oregon's Coastal Rivers

It's that time of year when Fall Chinook and Coho are on the docket up and down the Oregon Coast. As the salmon stage in the estuaries in preparation for their upriver migration, it's often a trolling game. As rain arrives and river levels climb dramatically, focus often changes to the free flowing waters well upriver of the tidal influence. Suddenly the drift boat becomes the craft of choice as fishermen row their way from salmon hole to salmon hole. As fish sense proximity to their natal spawning grounds, the bite can be ferocious with unnerving urgency and focused intent.

Still catching fish as Fish & Fishermen wait for Fall Rains

Nicholas and Jon enjoyed some Fall estuary trolling on the lower Umpqua River. They worked hard to land a total of 4 salmon during their trip, two keepers & two native Coho for release. Marauding seals added to the challenge while fighting 1 salmon.

Fall Salmon Fishing Continues on Western Oregon Estuaries

The one that didn't get away!

What better way to enjoy the beauty and bounty of the Fall Season than catching a big Fall Salmon!

A beautiful Siver Salmon (Coho) taken on the Lower Coquille near Bandon

In recent weeks we have seen a huge percentage of Chinook Jacks in the catch mix in estuaries and rivers up and down the Oregon coast. This bodes favorably for next year's run of adult Fall Chinook! Meanwhile, silvers are making agreat showing as well, reflecting improved recent ocean conditions causing an upwelling of nutients which transitions through the entire marine food chain.