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The Siuslaw River

The Siuslaw River is located 40 miles west of Eugene, Oregon, entering the Pacific Ocean, near Florence, Oregon. The North Fork of the Siuslaw is actually a different branch of the main river entering the river in Siuslaw Bay. The headwaters of the Siuslaw River originate near Cottage Grove, Oregon. There, many small creeks begin to form the Main Stem of the Siuslaw River.

Lake Creek is a large tributary and enters the Siuslaw River about 4-6 miles above Tide Water. At times, Lake Creek provides more water flow than that of the main stem. Lake Creek provides many Salmon and Steelhead fishing opportunities in the fall and winter. Lake Creek is followed closely by Hwy 36. Like its name sake, Lake Creek's origin is just that, Triangle Lake. Lake Creek is more than a creek and more like a small river, which it is. It has a few boat launches and fishes pretty well after heavy rains because it clears fast.

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Siuslaw River Salmon Fishing

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Siuslaw River Chinook Salmon

Most Salmon Fishing on the Siuslaw River can be broken into two groups, Bay Fishing and River Fishing.

Bay Fishing begins around Labor Day and continues through October. Trolling Herring, Spinners and Float Fishing is done between Cushman and Mapleton.

River Fishing begins immediately after the first fall rains. The increase in River level brings the Chinook and Coho Salmon into the river to reach the spawning grounds. The upper river is protected from fishing and most fishing is done between the Forks and Tide Water.

Steelhead Fishing begins in December and continues through February. Good Driftboat Fishing near Whittaker Creek and Hwy 126. There a few boat landings on the lower river as well.

The Siuslaw River is a very snaggy river and float fishing can be very productive. Back-Trolling Hot-Shots is also very common and provide good action in the cloudy water after a rain storm.



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