What is the best time of year and place for salmon fishing?

In Oregon salmon run almost year around on one river or another.

First are spring Chinook; they start in March but the best fishing is April and May on the Columbia, Willamette and Rogue Rivers and May and June in Tillamook Bay.

June also has some good summer Chinook fishing in the Columbia.

Next is the fall run on the Columbia, the best fishing in August and early September in Astoria and then closer to Portland later in September.

Fall Chinook inter all the coastal bays in September and last until November.

November and December we do well in the coastal rivers.

January 7th, 2013

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  1. teri parsons says…

    would like to do some halibut/salmon fishing while in Oregon – staying in yachats in early September. where is the best to fish from and whats available that time of year?

    Written on March 13th, 2014 / Flag this Comment
  2. Larry says…

    Is salmon fishing still good the mid part of September?

    Written on January 27th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
  3. Brett Pytel says…

    I am traveling to southern oregon south west of crater lake end of August. Where is the best place to fly fish for salmon?

    Written on August 25th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
  4. Liliana says…

    Is salmon the only fish that is good to fish during September?

    Written on September 6th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
  5. Richard Gann says…

    Want to do salmon fishing in Salem. Bank fishing

    Written on September 28th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
  6. Rob ring says…

    Going to portland area 27 oct, where’s the best spot or guide service to put us on salmon?

    Written on October 8th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
  7. Anthony Jacob-Green says…

    What river’s are the best to fish in during those times?

    Written on October 19th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
  8. Anthony Jacob-Green says…

    Could me and my grandpa get a guide to go out to these places

    Written on October 19th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
  9. Matthew Peters says…

    Never been to Oregon but was thinking of coming in the spring to see and try my hand at the salmon runs any advice on times and techniques to catch them.

    Written on November 18th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
  10. Ron Smith, Sport Fishing Oregon says…

    On the Rogue River, summer chinook begin coming into tidewater in July. The run peaks in late August but continues into early October.
    The smaller coastal rivers in southern Oregon such as the Chetco, Elk and Sixes begin getting fall chinook in late October and the runs continue through December.

    Written on February 17th, 2017 / Flag this Comment
  11. Rich says…

    What river should I fish for king salmon in 1st week of July

    Written on March 26th, 2017 / Flag this Comment
  12. Ruben says…

    When is the first day starts for salmon fishing this year 2017

    Written on April 9th, 2017 / Flag this Comment

About Ask Oregon Expert David Johnson

Ask Oregon Fishing Ambassador David Johnson has an Associate's Degree in Fisheries, has been guiding for 19 years in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, and has authored or been featured in over 100 local and national magazines. He has also been a regular guest on NW radio and television programs. A resident of Tillamook County, David also enjoys hunting, clamming, crabbing and other outdoor recreation. Find out more about David's guiding service at www.davidjohnsonfishing.com.

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