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
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.
River Salmon Fishing
River Chinook Salmon
Fishing on the Siuslaw River can be broken into two groups, Bay
Fishing and River Fishing.
begins around Labor Day and continues through October. Trolling
Herring, Spinners and Float Fishing is done between Cushman and
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.
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.
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.