Coho salmon spawning

The lower Siletz River is popular for anyone wanting to fish for salmon. The Siletz River, which runs alongside the refuge, has both a spring and fall run of Chinook salmon along with coho, steelhead and cutthroat trout. The refuge offers bank fishing from the Alder Island Nature Trail. This easy, half-mile walking trail winds along the Siletz River and Millport Slough. The parking lot and bank fishing opportunities are available from sunrise to sunset. Dogs are NOT allowed on the nature trail. The fall run of Chinook is the most popular with anglers, but a diversity of surfperch enter the bay in late spring. The fishing for surfperch ranges from fair to excellent through fall, depending on tides and weather conditions.

Check the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing Regulations for restrictions, harvest limits, and season dates.

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