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Sustainable Living Center Oregon

Baking and Smoking Salmon …. an excellent Keto Lifestyle Food

Smoked salmon is a different way of preparing salmon other than baking. Typically a fillet has been cured and hot or cold smoked.

We will cold or hot smoke your salmon, will rent our smoker, or we will teach you.

For a small single Salmon, the cost would be a max of $15/lb. The price per pound goes down as the weight of your catch goes up …. Call 541-765-2109 for a quote.

Fall Chinook fishing is starting to pick up on the mid-coast estuaries, including the Yaquina, Alsea, and Siletz. Fishing will continue to improve through September as more fish move into the tidewater to stage until significant rain moves them upstream.

Anglers have been catching striped bass in the lower Coquille River from Rocky Point boat ramp up to Riverton. 

Salmon anglers on the Coos have been catching Chinook from the Chip Pile to the Marshfield Channel and SOMAR this past week. 

Salmon History on the Oregon Coast

The first salmon baking and smoking were done by Native tribes of the Coastal Indians. They cut small green saplings, split carefully along most of their length, and used them as holding racks for sides of salmon cut from freshly-caught fish. Cross-braced with strong twigs, the racks were driven into the sand, and the fish was cooked over burning logs. 

In 1931, the fish fry was held at The Bridge Lunch restaurant, the future location of the existing Spouting Horn Restaurant. 

In 1940, an event called “Indian Summer and Homecoming” was held at Government Point (now Boiler Bay State Park), for Indians of the Northwest. Three hundred (300) Indians participated. An Indian-style salmon barbeque was held. 

In 1956, the local Chamber of Commerce sponsored the first annual “Indian Style Salmon Bake.” Residents held a salmon derby before the bake. Fish caught in the derby were cooked for the event. The fish was cooked for about four hours over a 20-foot log fire.

Today’s annual salmon bake is held in 2022 on September 17 in the City Park. Fresh baked salmon, live music, Native American dancing and drumming, and a sense of community is what awaits you at the upcoming 65th Depoe Bay Salmon Bake on September 17th, 2022. This traditional event is the perfect place to spend time with friends and family on the Oregon Coast.

Depoe Bay Salmon Bake

Siletz River has lots of Salmon and is only 5 miles from Depoe Bay, Oregon

The Siletz River and Bay can be excellent producers of fall Chinook salmon on the Central Oregon Coast.

In recent years, Chinook catches have bounced between 2,000 and 5,000 fall salmon as the cycle cycles up and down.

The Siletz enters the Pacific Ocean at the southern end of Lincoln City. Salmon fishing and beach Crabbing can be done from the beach where the Pacific Ocean enters Siletz Bay.

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 Salishan Resort, is fished but not as popularly fished as many other bays on the Oregon Coast.

Boaters often find access to good fishing on the lower tidewater near Kernville just inland from the main coastal highway.

Two (2) – (3) person Fishing Boats with trolling motors can be rented at Hwy 101 and Hwy 229 at Kernville.

Six (6) – (8) person Fishing-Cats with trolling motors can be rented at Hwy 101 and Hwy 229 at Kernville.

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 reaches near the intersection of Hwy 101 and Hwy 229. In the river, most fall Chinook is caught below the community of Siletz, where bank access is somewhat limited due to private property.

Spring Chinook

The Siletz is a rarity in the northern half of the coast because it has a wild run of spring Chinook salmon.

These fish tend to be caught from June to summer, overlapping with the Siletz River’s more extensive summer steelhead fishery. At our latest update, ODFW has applied strict annual limits on wild spring Chinook that may be retained, so check the regulations for the latest updates.

In recent years, the numbers of spring Chinook have been in the hundreds, roughly a tenth of the fall harvest.

Coho Salmon

Though not usually a coho salmon fishery, part of this system may be opened for retention of wild coho in years of expected abundance. The season is likely to occur in parts of September and October and is confined to specific boundaries. Harvests will be limited.

Watch for wild coho fisheries to be announced before the season begins, typically posting sometime in August.

Best River Levels

Watch the river gauge closely to determine where and when to fish, particularly for fall Chinook runs.

The tidewater section often is best when the river is running low because fish congregate here, waiting for the rain to raise the river level. If the river level is below 4 feet, or even a bit higher, stick to trolling or bait and bobber fishing tidewater in the early fall.

When the river is above 4 feet, the river becomes at least an option. 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.

Current Siletz River Level

Once you catch your Salmon, you have two ways of preparing salmon, Bake or Smoke. Typically a smoked fillet has been cured and hot or cold smoked. Due to its moderately high price, smoked salmon is considered a delicacy.

We will cold smoke your salmon, rent our smoker, or we will teach you …. Call 541-765-2109 for details.

Sustainable Living Center of Oregon
82 Siletz Hwy
Lincoln City, OR 97367

The mission of the Sustainable Living Center is to find ways to have a sustainable and quality life in these challenging times. We are an Education and Research Center based in Lincoln City, Oregon. The Center uses Permaculture, Off-Grid techniques, and Technology to find DO IT YOUR (DIY) methods of food production, water harvesting, energy production, shelter, and health (keto lifestyle)

The Center is financially sustainable because it rents Kayaks, Boats, and Crab Traps offers DIY workshops, and Smoking and Food Canning services.

We are self-directed and answer to no group or government agency. Although drugs are legal in the state of Oregon, all members of the Center are drug-free.

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