Coquille River (Lower)

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.

Exciting Fall Chinook Fishing Peaks on Numerous Systems

Exciting Fall Chinook Fishing Peaks on Numerous Systems

Ed and Cliff had quite a day recently while drifting the very scenic Siletz River. Both bait and plugs seemed to produced equally well. The intermittent downpours didn't phase the boys at all and in fact, Cliff maintained that his stylish pink rainpants somehow influenced their great success.

Fall Chinook Fishing is in Full Swing!

Fall Chinook Fishing is in Full Swing!

In the photo, Matt Mulbry admires a hard-fighting Siuslaw Salmon

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.