Silver Salmon

Coastal Rivers Including the Siuslaw & Umpqua are producing some Big Fall Salmon Already

Coastal Rivers Including the Siuslaw & Umpqua are producing some Big Fall Salmon Already

Fun day on the Lower Umpqua launching out of Winchester Bay. Got into some Fatties (Fall Chinook) and even managed a few Dungeoness Crab to boot. Fishing should get better and better in the coming weeks as the run builds.

Beautiful Chrome-Bright Winter Chinook Providing Great Sport on the Elk & Sixes Rivers in Southern Oregon

Beautiful Chrome-Bright Winter Chinook Providing Great Sport on the Elk & Sixes Rivers in Southern Oregon

Cecil & Julie put together a great team effort to land this hard-fighting Salmon just in on the tide on lower Sixes. We had both some wins and some losses, but all in all, fine battles and great memories.

Mondo Siuslaw Silvers still Rockin'

Mondo Siuslaw Silvers still Rockin'

Rob & Lisa enjoyed some great salmon fishing landing 8 chromers. Our Sunday trip was high-lighted by a unique, epic battle that these folks will never forget. At one point I talked them into casting spinners. As luck would have it, the gal got a great grab about 4 ft off the boat. The fish went ballistic with an amazing aerial display and several burning runs of 50 ft or more. I backed the boat away from some wood, but eventually the fish got under a log and Lisa could no longer gain any line.

Fresh Coho still Swimming around in the Lower Siuslaw

Fresh Coho still Swimming around in the Lower Siuslaw

While most of the folks fishing the lower Siuslaw near Florence adhere to a trolled herring as the "GO-To" bait of choice, my recent guest Duane C. can readily testify that trolled lures can do equal damage when it comes to catching the attention of chunker-sized chome Coho.

A Siuslaw River Double on Mint Bright Chunker Silvers

A Siuslaw River Double on Mint Bright Chunker Silvers

While trolling and casting on the Siuslaw Estuary, Duane & Rebecca suddenly hit platnum and doubled up on nickle-bright Silver Salmon. The Siuslaw Bay at Florence still had beautiful freshly-arriving large Coho available just before the current low pressure system moved in.

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.