: SIUSLAW RIVER: The chinook fishery is very slow as most of the run has moved onto the spawning grounds. Some later returning fish may continue to move in through the month. The wild coho fishery has also slowed way down but some can still be caught above tide water. Casting spinners tends to produce the best results for coho. Lake Creek is open to both chinook and coho angling (Oct. 16 Nov. 30). The salmon fishing deadline is at Indian Creek.
The winter steelhead run is getting close and a small number of fish may begin to return at any time. Fishing the lower river during lower flows should produce the best result early in the season. The fishery typically does not get into full swing until later December.
Reported by: Oregon D.F.W
Lures & Spinners
The Siuslaw River, the namesake of the
Siuslaw National Forest, is approximately 100 miles long and enters the Pacific
Ocean at Florence, Oregon. Most people fish for fall chinook salmon in the
estuary and winter steelhead in the river. Additionally, searun cutthroat can be
caught in August and September. The river's long estuary has numerous private
and public boat ramps and the river above tidewater has several more.
Driving Directions: The Siuslaw River is paralleled for much of its
length by State Hwys 126 and 36. Hwy 101 also crosses the river at Florence.
Campgrounds: Two Bureau of Land Management campgrounds are present
along the upper river. These are Whittaker Creek with 31 sites and Clay Creek
with 26 sites.