Siletz River Steelhead Fishing
The harvest from summer and winter runs can often be similar, perhaps 2,000 fish harvested from each in a pretty good year.
In the winter, hatchery fish released into the Siletz River are from a broodstock program that uses wild steelhead to produce fin-clipped runs for harvest. These fish carry on their parents’ habit of returning later than fish reared in hatcheries for many generations. Therefore, while the very first fish may arrive around Thanksgiving, and catches can be made at Christmas most years, expect the very best fishing to be from January through March.
Winter fish will be caught in small numbers in April, which also is the month the first summer-run fish generally are caught. Numbers build in spring and catches often are best in June and July, until the river gets very low and warm in mid- to late summer. Fishing for summer steelhead often picks up again in late September and well into fall, when cooler temperatures and rainfall can turn a sluggish summer fish into an aggressive biter!. (Read More)