Winter Steelhead

An Approximately 42 Inch Hatchery Steelhead from the South Fork of the Coquille River, Caught in December.  This Fish Still had Sea-Lice on it. Sea-run rainbow trout, known as Steelhead, are one of the most amazing sport fish that can be caught in Southern Oregon rivers and, the South Fork of the Coquille River has some of the largest coastal Winter Steelhead.  Every Year fish over 20 pounds are caught and several of them are hatchery fish.

Steelhead Fishing Spots on the Coquille River

This Gorgeous Native was Caught Side-Drifting in the Lower South Fork of the Coquille River.  Natives must be Released Unharmed in the Coquille River Watershed.

Overview

The Coquille River in Oregon's Southern Coos County has four major forks; the North Fork, the East Fork, the Middle Fork, and the South Fork.  The South Fork of the Coquille receives the most pressure for Winter Steelhead, as well as the most hatchery plants.  As with most Steelhead rivers, location and timing are two of the most critical factors to finding and hooking fresh fish.

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Late Season Steelheading

Spring Steelhead on teh Coquille RiverOverview

Late March through April can have some of the most beautiful weather of the entire year on the Southern Oregon Coast, especially for Steelheaders.  This time of year fishing can be in t-shirts and sunscreen by the end of the day.  Remember, fish are spawning in the late season so please use small barbless hooks, artificial baits (or large bait clusters so that fish do not swallow the bait and harm themselves), release dark fish, and release all wild fish on the Coquille River.

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South Fork Coquille River Steelhead Fishing Drifts

Below is a map displaying the available put-ins for boating on the South Fork of the Coquille River.

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Timing and Flow Conditions

Overview

Combining the right river level with the correct time of year can be the key to unlocking a great day on the Coquille River for Winter Steelhead.  To start, watch the river gauges throughout the watershed to monitor amounts of rainfall and how much the river rises to ensure the conditions are right before investing the time, money, and effort to make the trip.

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