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Effective Nov. 10, the Siletz River from the mouth upstream to the ODFW marker located 1,200 feet above the Ojalla Bridge is open to Chinook fishing through Dec. 31.

Restrictions set to be lifted on Nov. 4 are now extended through the end of the year.

LIST OF AFFECTED RIVERS HAS BEEN UPDATED. Due to low returns and limited rainfall, rivers from the Siuslaw north will closed to Chinook on Nov. 1.

From the state line to the confluence of the North and South forks will be closed to steelhead from Dec. 1 to April 30, 2019.

Fishing

In Oregon the bull trout is listed as a threatened species, and there are very few places where anglers can actively target them. However, anglers often can encounter a bull trout when fishing for other species. Oregon fishing regulations call for most bull trout to be released unharmed, so knowing how to identify them is important.

Features: While their coloration can be variable, bull trout are generally gray infused with green. The body is covered with small white or pale yellow spots. Some spots along the side may be deep orange to red. The leading edges of the fins along their bellies are white. Bull trout, despite the common name, is not actually a trout but a member of the closely related char group. 

Habitat: Bull trout need cold, clean water to survive and are typically found in the headwaters of Oregon rivers. Spawning occurs in the fall when water temperatures drop below 50F.

Techniques: Anglers can fish specifically for bull trout in the Metolius River and the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook. Bull trout are voracious predators of other fish, so anglers often use lures or flies mimicking large minnows or small fish.