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Chinook Salmon Fishing on Siletz River

Best Time & Place to catch Chinook Salmon

under bridgeThis Salmon was caught under the Hwy 101 in front of the Siletz Moorage by Brian Stone.

As with most Oregon coast chinook salmon fisheries, the catch on the Siletz is best in September and October, with most fish landed in the tidewater areas. Siletz Bay proper, west of Highway 101 between the Taft end of Lincoln City and Siletz ,Moorage.  This is a well keep secret.

Boaters can find access to good fishing on the lower tidewater near the intersection of RT 229 and Hwy 101, where the Siletz Moorage is located.

Additional launches not far upstream from there along Highway 229. Trollers will often pull herring or spinners through the wider sections, while bait and bobber fishing is popular in the narrower upper tidewater.

Good numbers of fall chinook will enter the free-flowing river (near Strom Park) when rains give the Siletz a good lift, often in October. The best river angling will be in the lower areas

tours_2Most fall chinook are caught in the lower part of the river, suggests ODFW fish biologist Derek Wilson.

There are four convenient  launch ramps on the lower part of the river:

  1. Main Catamaran Rental Location
  2. Ichwhit (Bear) Park
  3. Stome Park
  4. Jack Morgan

At this time, we only offer Rental Services at Two (2) of them

  1. Main Catamaran Rental Location you can fish the river to Siletz Bay
  2. Ichwhit (Bear) Park …. Be transported 6.7 miles up river and drift back to the Main Catamaran Rental Location

Watch the River Levels

map4Watch the river gauge closely to determine where and when to fish.

River Below 4 feet

When the river is running low, the fish congregate in holes waiting for rain to raise the river level.  See the holes (marked in red) on the above map.  If the river level has been sitting below 4 feet, or even a bit higher, stick to trolling or bait and bobber fishing tidewater.

River Above 4 feet

When the river is above 4 feet, you have options.  Most river anglers consider the river to be in perfect shape when it is close to 5.5 feet and decent up to 7 feet. Plunking with bait is better in higher water, peaking at 7 or 7.5 feet or a little higher and worthwhile to about 8.5 feet.

For the hard core Chinook Salmon enthusiast who has his own boat, motor, fishing poles, and bait, we do not offer very few services, except a place to launch his boat.  For a family or group that has their own fishing equipment and wants to share his fishing passion with his family or group, we offer the Chinook Salmon Catamaran.

Chinook Salmon Catamaran

two1A Chinook Salmon Catamaran, consist of two Canoes\Kayaks.  It is the best way for a group or family to have the experience of getting the big Chinook Salmon  in Siletz Bay.


two cano2In a matter of minutes, our special kit will convert two kayaks or canoes into one catamaran. The structural integrity of this system has been proven on expeditions worldwide.

When crossing rough or open stretches of water, our Catamaran offer incredible stability: the rig is virtually ‘untippable’.

Our Crabbing Catamaran feature opens new horizons and adds new dimensions to the exciting world of crabbing for any family or group.


Family\Group Chinook Salmon Fishing

canoe 4

A Stable Platform for the Whole Family

Some folks don’t have the coordination to keep a canoe steady in the water. Some families have small children that can’t paddle for themselves. And still others may be perfectly capable of paddling a normal canoe, but they want to enjoy the crabbing venture with friends.

Our Catamaran are efficient at keeping paddlers of different strengths from separating — don’t worry about leaving weaker paddlers behind in your wake.

Waring … Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a physical condition that occurs when the body’s core temperature falls below a normal 98.6° F (37° C) to 95° F (35° C) or cooler. Think of hypothermia as the opposite of heat stroke. Cold water dangerously accelerates the onset and progression of hypothermia since body heat can be lost 25 times faster in cold water than in cold air. Hypothermia affects the body’s core – the brain, heart, lungs, and other vital organs. Even a mild case of hypothermia diminishes a victim’s physical and mental abilities, thus increasing the risk of accidents. Severe hypothermia may result in unconsciousness and possibly death. About 600 people in the U.S. die of hypothermia each year.

Temperature of the Siletz River and Siletz Bay by Month

Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min °F 53.5 53.3 52.4 50
Max °F 56.5 57.9 56.6 54.4

Time before Hypothermiae

Water Temp  Time
50–60° 1 – 2 hours 1 – 6 hours

The Siletz River and Bay water is cold.  It is important to be in a stable Chinook Salmon Platform




Stable to get in or out …. Stable Loading



Rent a Chinook Salmon Catamaran ( Starting Sept 1, 2018)

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Salmon Catamaran have the following advantages:

  • Much more stable than a regular canoemap
  • Total Safe for family with small children or group, cannot be overturned
  • Stable even in rough weather
  • Rental Location is 100 ft from the entrance to the main Chinook Salmon  Area
  • Provides a stable platform for handle the fish.
  • Less Cost than Renting a Motor Boat
  • No Motor to mess with
  • People not fond of canoeing now have more
  • of a hybrid option



Chinook Salmon Fishing Catamaran Float Down Trip Starts Up the Siletz River 6.7 miles


Transportation catamaran and occupancys 6,7 miles up the Siletz River.  Float Down and arrive at the optimum time for a your visit of the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge at High Tide. 

Kayak rentals include kayak, paddle, seatback, life jacket, invasive species permit and parking for one vehicle.

 Warning:  During the summer, the area of Siletz River nearest the mouth of the bay often has unpredictable high winds and waves.

Wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) is mandatory.

Ichwhit (Bear) Park is located on the Siletz River approximately river mile 6.7 (within tidal influence.)  Facilities include a new boat ramp, boarding floats, vault toilet, parking for boat trailers and passenger vehicles.



Rental Rate for the our Units

$40 for 4 hours – Single kayak 1-person

$60 for 4 hours – Tandem kayak 2-people

$60 for 4 hours – Canoe  3 – 4 people

$100 for 4 hours – Fishing Catamaran 4 – 8 people

 The rentals include boat, paddles,  life jacket, invasive species permit, launch and parking for one vehicle.

 Warning:  During the summer, the area of Siletz River nearest the mouth of the bay often has unpredictable winds and waves at the middle of the day.

Wearin g a personal flotation device (PFD) is mandatory.

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Reservation Office Hours …. 10 am – 9 pm …. Everyday … 541-765-2109 

Launch Site Hours –  82 Siletz Hwy

  • Lincoln City, OR   97267
  • 541-541-2109








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