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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.

Winter Steelhead Showing Nicely Throughout Western Oregon

Winter Steelhead Showing Nicely Throughout Western Oregon

Reports of decent steelhead fishing surfaced up and down the coast in early January. As the early rains of 2013 diminished and gave way to a short cold snap, the bite layed down a tad. Recent rains over the last few days should now provide a welcome jump start and packs of new fish should be pushing through soon.

Winter Steelhead Season nearing the End on Many Coastal Streams

Winter Steelhead Season nearing the End on Many Coastal Streams

We have entered the final stretch for winter steelhead fishing on many of our coastal streams. A few select rivers offer prolonged opportunity for some continued steelhead fishing beyond the general March 31st cutoff. Numerous rivers and sections of some rivers remain open to steelhead fishing year-round. The Rogue, the Umpqua, and the Siletz, the Trask, Wilson, & Nestucca all fall into this category. The Whitaker Run on the Siuslaw remains open through April 15, while the South Fork of the Coquille stays open through April 30. When river levels cooperated, so did the fish in most systems.

Lots of Outdoor Options as Fall Approaches

Among the traditional favorite crabbing spots along the Oregon coast are Coos Bay, Winchester Bay, Yaquina (Newport Bay), the lower Alsea at Waldport, and Bandon just to name a few. Coos Bay provides a wonderful mixed bag of fishing, crabbing, and clamming opportunites. With all the crab, tuna and silver salmon coming coming across the boat ramp, there was a waiting line yesterday at the fish cleaning station at Charleston. I am headed coastside in a few days where will be located just south of Bandon into September. From this location I can sample a number of great early Fall fisheries and crabbing areas including the mouth of the Rogue for Fall Chinook, the lower Coquille at Bandon, and Charleston (Coos Bay)for salmon fishing and crabbing.