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All about fishing for chinook, chum, coho and kokanee salmon in OR.

Salmon fishing in Oregon

The major reservoirs offering salmon fishing in Oregon include Agency Lake, Crane Prairie Lake, Crescent Lake, Detroit Lake, Green Peter Lake, Lake Billy Chinook, Odell Lake, Phillips Lake, Siltcoos Lake, Upper Klamath Lake and Wickiup Reservoir. Several lakes in the state provide ice fishing for salmon.

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Fishing for salmon in Oregon

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 83.0 lbs

Chum Salmon

Chum salmon

World record: 35 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 23.0 lbs

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 25 lbs 5.25 oz

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

State Record: 9 lbs 10.72 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Oregon State Record Salmon

The state record chinook salmon came from the Umpqua River.

The state record chum salmon was caught in the Kilchis River.

The state record coho salmon was caught from Siltcoos Lake.

The record kokanee salmon was taken out of Wallowa Lake.

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Oregon Salmon
Brendan Foster with his 18 lb Salmon.

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Oregon Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.


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Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Oregon salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

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