Fishing for Coho Salmon on the Oregon Coast
Late June - July
Native from California to Alaska, silver or Coho salmon is a very popular fishery on the Oregon Coast. Known to put up one heck of a fight, silver (Coho) salmon are considered pound for pound one of the toughest and most fun fish to reel in. The average size for Coho salmon is 8lbs, and they can reach up to 20!
Due to habitat loss and over fishing, it was prohibited to take any wild Coho for a number of years. Thankfully their populations have bounced back and some limited fishing seasons now exist. Coho salmon fishing seasons typically begin in the Summer and are set each spring, check with On The Line Guide Service for open season dates. This can be an action packed fishery with fish striking gear with force, so book your chartered fishing trip early!
We fish for Coho Salmon in Depoe Bay, Florence, and Winchester Bay
Our primary location for the June silver (Coho) salmon fishery is Depoe Bay, on the Oregon coast. We also pick up and run out of Newport or Florence Oregon. This mobility can be a big advantage when a great bite happens and we can make a move to get on the Coho schools.
We primarily troll for Coho with lighter gear than most charters and at slower speeds. This provides a bit more challenge with the barbless hooks we are required to use. Coho salmon are usually very aggressive, and when you get into a school of them, it can be hard to keep the rods in the water.