Best Fishing in Oregon
Steelhead Fishing in Oregon
Somewhere in Oregon, on this very day there most likely is some good (or even great) steelhead fishing.

In the first few months of the year, winter steelhead are running strong across western Oregon. By early spring, this year's summer steelhead are arriving and last year's fish are still biting in northeastern Oregon. By the time the first 90-degree days arrive, summer steelhead have spread across the western valleys and are making their way up the Columbia River into Oregon's dry central and east side. By fall, summer steelhead can still be caught from coastal streams to the Idaho border, and a new run of winter fish will be here for the holidays.

Here are links to more information about Oregon's best steelhead rivers:

Northwest Oregon

Best Winter Steelhead Rivers on Oregon's North Coast

For additional details of select rivers in this area:

Best Winter Steelhead Rivers on Oregon's Central Coast

For additional details of select rivers in this area:

Best Small Steelhead Streams in Oregon's Northwest Zone

Best Summer Steelhead Fishing on the Oregon Coast


Southwest Oregon

Winter Steelhead Fishing in the Coquille, Coos and Umpqua

Best Winter Steelhead Fishing in the Rogue and South Coast

Best Small Steelhead Streams in Oregon's Southwest Zone

Best Summer Steelhead Fishing on the Oregon Coast

Portland and Willamette Valley

Best Winter Steelhead Fishing Near Portland

Best Summer Steelhead Fishing Near Portland

Best Summer Steelhead Fishing in the Willamette Valley

Central and Eastern Oregon

Best Steelhead Fishing in the Mid-Columbia Area

Best Steelhead Fishing in Northeast Oregon (Snake River drainage)




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For month-by-month ideas of when and where steelhead and other types of fishing are best, see our Oregon Fishing Calendar.


For current regulations, consult the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's annual regulations booklet or website.
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