Siletz River and Bay and Nearby
The Siletz River has a strong run of
both steelhead and salmon, notwithstanding many marine mammals at the
mouth, at Taft. What we need here are more
This is a river of many faces. Salishan is an upscale housing community
and fancy resort on the upper end of Siletz Bay, with a big golf course.
The rest of the bay and river are about like they were forty-five years
ago when I caught my first two salmon outside the bay, in the ocean, in
a rental boat. No one goes outside the bay anymore, I hope, and a lot of
people who tried, died. The boat rental place long ago folded up. It
used to be that you could rent a row boat with three horse engine at the
dock which now stands in sand outside Mo's windows at Taft.
People still enjoy the sands at the mouth of the Siletz and sometimes
catch a crab in a ring thrown from the beach. Some people crab in the
bay; just inside the mouth and seem to do well. Maybe you can still rent
a crab ring nearby. Years ago, the bay also provided herring, flounder,
perch and other ocean fishes. There is still a good fall salmon fishery
in the river, up a ways. I have not taken part in it. I believe there is
a place to launch a boat about under the Highway 101 bridge that crosses
the Siletz. When it is open, I think the cost is about five dollars.
This allows you to fish fall salmon upriver and is the closest launch to
the lower bay, about five miles I would guess.
The Siletz River is in the center of
Oregon's major tourist places, both north and south.
My daughter caught and released her first winter steelhead on the
Siletz, just above the town of Siletz, up the river about twenty miles.
You can get a map of the river showing from above the town of Siletz to
the bay. It shows about six boat ramps, most of which can be used any
time of the year, if you have nerve enough and a good rig. I have seen
them all. The river is safe to float all these miles in a drift boat and
probably a rubber raft and has a good steelhead run most of the year. I
have not drifted all of this water, but have looked at all the boat
ramps. Farther up, in the North Fork, you fish only with a barbless fly
and keep only hatchery steelhead. I have seen these fish in the summer,
but not hooked any. In winter, I hooked and released several large
cutthroat trout in the main river, which may have been
I doubt they were searuns in winter.
I met a guide on the Deschutes River and was trying to tell him about
the good run of summer steelhead on the upper Siletz. He said there used
to be an excellent run, but lately there were only a few fish. He was
referring to there being only a few native fish; he refused to consider
the hatchery fish as part of any run and acted like they did not exist.
Maybe he was right.
One summer day, I tried to drive through from Dallas in the valley,
south of Salem, over the coast range on logging roads, through the
abandoned town of Valsetz. I had to take a detour, but got a few miles
short of Siletz, when I realized that the last part of the road was
privately owned by a large lumber company and closed to public travel on
weekdays. The road back was long. I got to see the South Fork of the
Siletz and it was untrampled and clear. I fished the main river a bit
after the two forks come together above Siletz. The river was clear and
good; a father and son had just caught one steelhead and lost another. I
saw a couple of summer steelhead playing in a hole in the North Fork of
this river, but could not interest them in my fly. A good half-day drift
is to put in at twin-bridges and float to the first take-out in Siletz.
You can get a shuttle to move your rig down to Siletz for about seven
There is a small lake further south out of Siletz, I think called Ollala
or something like that. You take the road south, like going to Toledo,
and the lake is off the the left I think. Once in a while I hear it
mentioned on the Fishline as having been stocked with large trout.
Siletz Moorage we offer excellent Crabbing year round in
Siletz Bay. Spring Salmon, Summer Salmon and Fall Chinook
Salmon fishing is available in the Siletz River April
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The Siletz River is a river,
approximately on the Pacific coast of Oregon in
the United States. It drains an area of the
Central Oregon Coast Range west of the
Willamette Valley, rising only 20 mi from the
ocean and flowing in a highly zigzag course,
changing direction multiple times.
It rises in a remote area of western Polk County
and flows southwest, into northern Lincoln
County, to Siletz, then generally northwest
towards the coast. It enters the Pacific at
Siletz Bay south of Lincoln City.