Originally Posted by striperchaser1
I've never heard of any Stripers being caught in the Siuslaw but if I was to hunt for them there I would start around Mapleton. It looks like the areas I fish on the Smith, Coos and the Coquille rivers. But if your new to Striper fishing I would go down to Smith River, put in at the second boat ramp (13 miles up) and go up river above the North Fork, there is a tight corner that is shallow at low tide but you can cross. I fish from there up to the 21 mile concrete bridge. I put some maps on to look at. Good Luck!!!!
Back in the late sixties-early seventies there were Stripers in the Siuslaw. There is a back-channel (South side) from just East of Cushman, seven or so miles to where the Midway Dock use to be. We would drift in and out with the tides and throw top-water bass lures. It was an easy drift where you only had to touch your electric motor to keep off the bank curves. The old man who used to own the Cushman store had one about fifty pounds hanging in the store. He caught it there. The Siuslaw fishery died about '75 and I went to the Umpqua/Smith. The limit then was 5 a day. We should not have kept as many as we did.
I have never fished very far up the Umpqua/Smith. I usually fish late April to Oct. from the railroad bridge to the mouth. I knew nothing of the water so I went to the Fish&Wildlife and the OR institute of Marine Biology at Charleston to get info about Stripers. The Fish&Wildlife did not know squat, nor did they want to as the Stiper was not a 'gamefish' and was being legally netted for cat-food. At the 'Institute', the woman who ran the thing asked ME what the Latin name was so she could look it up.
So....I told her (it was Roccus Saxatilus Then) and she pulled about three generic sheets of paper out of a file cabinet. My 'fact-finding' was in the toilet so I thought for a minute and thought 'forage'. I then asked if anything was known about shrimp or seaworms in the estuaries.
You could have knocked me over with a flyrod. They had JUST finished a survey, with divers, on shrimp and worm beds in both the Umpqua AND Coos systems. Everything was in the lower ten miles of both systems. I marked everything on my charts and went off grinning.
The Stripers in the Umpqua are at low cycle but rising slowly according to current F&W info. I booked days with Tod Hannah the last two summers (thought I would learn something). I should have learned something the first time. We caught a few just under length but I nearly cast my arm off. The guy does not use bait and does not do nights.
Back in the seventies, after the Striper was made a game-fish, I have watched gill-netters after Shad pull up nets and throw dead male Stripers back in, many dead Stripers. Striper spawning run from hell...you think?
The Coquille is the deal now. The average depth is about 12 feet on the straight runs but every curve has a hole fron thirty to forty feet deep, clear up past the town of Coquille. Use an underwater camera to see which holes are holding fish.
Good luck.....and... I haven't killed a Striper since 1975. Please put them back in the water......at least until Safeway and Albertson go out of business . By the way, I believe the Oregon State record was caught on a fly by a Florida pro named Joe Brooks.