Best Places To Fish At The Oregon Coast

Time to reveal the best places to fish along the Oregon Coast.

If you've decided to venture off on your own, I would be lax in my duties as your Oregon Coast guide if I didn't at least tell you some great places to catch the "big and tasty ones."

Being in the right place at the right time, hooking a 100 lb Chinook Salmon is not far-fetched at all. As a fisherman, you're really going to find fishing on the coast a treat and a half!

Do you have an Oregon coast fishing story to share? Do it right here.

Make sure you have your lures, poles, supplies, boots and bologna sandwiches ready. Let me show you some awesome spots along the beautiful coastline, including what you can expect to catch there.

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  • The Columbia River

The mighty Columbia is the ultimate of ultimates in the Pacific Northwest when it comes to the best places to fish. The salmon and white sturgeon are huge and plentiful. The river drains over 250,000 square miles and is noted for having some of the best sturgeon fishing on the entire West Coast. Hooking fish up to 5 feet long here is no fish tale! 

What You Can Find: Chinook salmon, coho, and sturgeon

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Northern Coast

  • Tillamook Area

There a five rivers that feed into the Tillamook Bay: The Kilchis, Trask, Wilson, Miami and Tillamook. This provides a major run of salmon that are within about 10 minutes of one another. 

What You Can Find: Sturgeon, winter steelhead and spring and fall chinook salmon.

  • Nestucca River

Although the Nestucca is a rather smallish river, it boasts large year-round runs of steelhead, salmon, and trout. The fish population is aided by hatcheries and brookstock programs. 

What You Can Find: Spring and fall chinook, summer and winter steelhead and searun cutthroat.

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  • Nehalem River

The Nehalem is a big and productive river, making it a great one of many great places to fish. It is a popular spot to catch fall Chinook and the local hatchery keeps the river well stocked with steelhead. 

What You Can Find: Winter steelhead, hatchery coho, searun cutthroat, and fall chinook.

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Central Coast

  • Siuslaw River and Siltcoos and Tahkenitch Lakes

Ranking third after the Rogue and Columbia rivers for numbers of returning fall chinook, the additional lakes offer an additional variety of fish, including searun cutthroat, winter steelhead, coho, and trout. 

What You Can Find: searun cutthroat, winter steelhead, fall chinook, wild coho, rainbow trout and largemouth bass. 

 

  • Umpqua River

Extending from the Cascade mountain range near Crater Lake National Park, the Umpqua makes it's way down past Roseburg and into Winchester Bay. Well known for it's excellent fly fishing in it's upper portion, the lower portion provides awesome chinook and sturgeon fishing. It's also one of the more scenic places to fish. 

What You Can Find: Spring and fall chinook, shad, sturgeon and winter steelhead. 

 

  • Siletz River

A great many winter steelhead can be landed here year round and is noted by some as having the best summer steelhead along the entire coast. 

What You Can Find: Fall chinook and summer and winter steelhead.

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Southern Coast

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  • Coquille River

This river is not the most popular and therefore not as crowded as the some of the other places to fish. Nonetheless, it should not be overlooked as a great destination for winter steelhead and fall chinook. 

What You Can Find: Coho, Striped Bass, Fall Chinook  Searun Cutthroat, and Winter Steelhead. 

 

  • Rogue River

Many elements make the Rogue River one of the best places to fish along the Oregon Coast. It's legendary status was made by visiting Hollywood celebs and the excellent, year-round fishing. The fish tend to dog pile in the estuary before going upstream, so many people vie for those magical spots. 

What You Can Find: Coho, spring and fall Chinook, and Steelhead.

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  • Coos Bay

Well known for shad and the excellent crabbing in Coos Bay, the river is one of the best places to fish for fall chinook and coho. 

What You Can Find: Coho, fall chinook, shad, steelhead, perch, clams and crabs.
 

  • Chetco River

This river is only moderate in size (approximately 50 miles long), but stocks of hatchery-raised winter steelhead abound, making it a great place to fish on the Oregon Coast. 

What You Can Find: Fall chinook and steelhead.
 

  • Sixes and Elks Rivers

Known as the best rivers for late runs of fall chinook, the Sixes and Elk generally are good places to fish through December. 

What You Can Find: Fall chinook and winter steelhead.


SHARE YOUR OREGON COAST FISHING STORY

Do you have a tale to tell? Nearly every fishermen does. We'd love to read about your favorite spots to fish on the Oregon coast or your story of that monstrous deep sea bass that got away...or better yet, the one you bagged and tagged! Here's your chance and the longer and more detailed, there better to read. ;)

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You should have a really nice idea of the best places to fish in Oregon now and where you should be letting your line out. My dad used to smoke his own salmon when I was a tot.

I know the wonderfully tasty fish you can find around the Oregon area. So, may you always catch your daily limit, stock your freezer full and enjoy some fantastic meals for a long time to come.

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