River Levels & Info

We have aggregated all of the local river level information below and provided a brief description of the rivers and the types of fish available for anglers to pursue.  You will also find some suggestions of techniques and gear for each of the rivers.  In order to make sure you are compliant with ODFW fishing regulations be sure to review them prior to your trip.  ODFW Fishing Regulations
 

Nestucca River

The Nestucca River also know as the Big Nestucca boasts 55 miles of river that ranges from 50 to 100 feet wide.  The river is easily accessible off of Highway 101 and up 858 to the Siuslaw National Forest.  There are many public access points on the river and many more areas that are accessible for a fee.  Drift boat fishing is the optimum way to fish the river with several improved areas throughout the river for launching and removing drift boats.  The lower drifts are best for novice rowers while the upper drifts are best tackled by more experienced rowers.   Depending on the river conditions you may want to utilize any of the following methods: drift fish bait or artificials, bobber fish bait jigs or plastic worms, throw spinners, and back troll plugs.  Typical gear for pursuing steelhead in the river is medium fast (8-17lb) rated casting or spinning rods with 12lb mainline and 24" - 48" 8-10lb fluorocarbon leaders.  For salmon a medium heavy (10-20lb) rated casting or spinning rods with 12-50lb mainline and 24" - 48" 20-40lb fluorocarbon leaders.

Species J F M A M J J A S O N D
Steelhead Native* X X X X             X X
Steelhead Hatchery X X X X X X X X X X X X
Chinook (King)*       X X X X X X X X  
Coho (Silver)**               X X X    
Cutthroat** X X X X X X X X X X X X

* All wild (non-fin clipped) fish must be released.  ** Catch and release only

 

Kilchis River

The Kilchis River is the fastest clearing river in the area and the go to during poor weather conditions.  However, it is a small river and can be overwhelmed by angling pressure. Shore access is very limited with most access requiring a fee to the landowner.  Drift boating is available on the lower 6 miles of the river with motors okay below the Highway 101 bridge. The river is easily accessible off of Highway 101 with drift boat access available in 2 locations.  Depending on the river conditions you may want to utilize any of the following methods: drift fish bait or artificials, bobber fish bait jigs or plastic worms, throw spinners, and back troll plugs.  Typical gear for pursuing steelhead in the river is medium fast (8-17lb) rated casting or spinning rods with 12lb mainline and 24" - 48" 8-10lb fluorocarbon leaders.  For salmon a medium heavy (10-20lb) rated casting or spinning rods with 12-50lb mainline and 24" - 48" 20-40lb fluorocarbon leaders.

Species J F M A M J J A S O N D
Steelhead Native*   X X                  
Steelhead Hatchery X       X*** X*** X*** X*** X***   X X
Chinook (King)*                 X X X  
Chum**                 X X X  
Cutthroat** X X X X X X X X X X X X

* All wild (non-fin clipped) fish must be released.  ** Catch and release only  *** Wilson River Strays

 

Siletz River

A great stream that flows approximately 70 miles and is accessible from Corvallis all the way to Highway 101 on the coast.  The river is very fishable from the shore and by drift boat with very few snags.  Drift boats typically spend most of their time between Moonshine Park and Morgan Park.  The Siletz supports both wild and hatchery runs Chinook (King) salmon and wild and hatchery steelhead.  Typical gear for pursuing steelhead in the river is medium fast (8-17lb) rated casting or spinning rods with 12lb mainline and 24" - 48" 8-10lb fluorocarbon leaders.  For salmon a medium heavy (10-20lb) rated casting or spinning rods with 12-50lb mainline and 24" - 48" 20-40lb fluorocarbon leaders.

Species J F M A M J J A S O N D
Steelhead Native* X X X X             X X
Steelhead Hatchery X X X X X X X X X X X X
Chinook (King)*       X X X X X X X X  
Cutthroat** X X X X X X X X X X X X

* All wild (non-fin clipped) fish must be released.  ** Catch and release only

 

Trask River

One of the better salmon and steelhead rivers in the area and is very shore angler friendly.  However, drift boaters should be aware as this river is for experienced rowers only!  The Trask has a lot of fish friendly environment with lots of boulders and gravel stretches which makes the Trask very fly-fishing friendly. Depending on the river conditions you may want to utilize any of the following methods: drift fish bait or artificials, bobber fish bait jigs or plastic worms, throw spinners, and back troll plugs.  Typical gear for pursuing steelhead in the river is medium fast (8-17lb) rated casting or spinning rods with 12lb mainline and 24" - 48" 8-10lb fluorocarbon leaders.  For salmon a medium heavy (10-20lb) rated casting or spinning rods with 12-50lb mainline and 24" - 48" 20-40lb fluorocarbon leaders.

Species J F M A M J J A S O N D
Steelhead Native* X X X X               X
Steelhead Hatchery X X X X X X X X X X X X
Chinook (King)*       X X X X X X X X  
Cutthroat** X X X X X X X X X X X X

* All wild (non-fin clipped) fish must be released.  ** Catch and release only

 

Wilson River

A top producing river on the coast but also the one with more angling pressure than any other.  One of the most drift boat friendly rivers in the state with very few hazards throughout the river.  Boats may use motors below the Highway 101 bridge.  Wilson River steelhead and salmon are some of the hardest fighting fish around and can be found throughout the river.  Typical gear for pursuing steelhead in the river is medium fast (8-17lb) rated casting or spinning rods with 12lb mainline and 24" - 48" 8-10lb fluorocarbon leaders.  For salmon a medium heavy (10-20lb) rated casting or spinning rods with 12-50lb mainline and 24" - 48" 20-40lb fluorocarbon leaders.

Species J F M A M J J A S O N D
Steelhead Native* X X X               X X
Steelhead Hatchery X X X X X X X X X X X X
Chinook (King)*       X X X X     X X X
Coho (Silver)**               X X X    
Cutthroat** X X X X X X X X X X X X

* All wild (non-fin clipped) fish must be released.  ** Catch and release only

 

 

 

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