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The Sixes River

The Sixes River is located 5 miles north of Port Orford, Oregon just past its sister river The Elk. The Sixes River, like the Elk River is a relatively small stream, about 30 miles long. It also has healthy runs of Oregon Winter Steelhead and late returning Chinook salmon. McKenzie Drift Boat access is good with put-ins at Edson creek (6 miles east of Hwy 101), Mid-Drift (3 miles east of 101), Sixes Grange / Sixes Store (at 101), and Cape Blanco on the Pacific Coast (3 miles west of 101).

Sixes River Salmon Fishing begins after the first fall rains blow out the sand bars that accumulate during the summer months. The mouth of the Sixes River can be seen by driving towards Cape Blanco with views near The Hughes House.

Fishing the Sixes River also requires many different fishing techniques.Back Trolling Kwikfish, Bait Divers are the most popular.

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Sixes River King Salmon

Sixes River Salmon Fishing
Nov. 20th 2003

As with all Chinook salmon fishing look for Sixes Salmon in sharp turns and deep runs. Float Fishing deep eddy's will also catch Sixes Salmon.

Sixes River Steelhead Fishing begins in late December and continues through March. Sixes River fishing can be tough because of the many winter storms the come ashore on the South Coast of Oregon. The Sixes River will cloud up with as little as ½ inch of rain. This can be helpful if most rivers are running low and clear.

Because The Elk and Sixes River do receive lots of fishing pressure, it's important to be courteous on the river. Do not anchor in the middle of a hole if other fishermen wish to fish there also. Simply take turns back trolling your best offering through the hole then row up to the top and try again. No one likes a "Hole Hog". Through the years I have seen mostly good manners on this stream.

Hotel accommodations in Port Orford can be found here;
Sea Crest 541-332-3040
Shoreline 541-332-2903
Battle Rock 541-332-7331

Many Hotels available in Bandon 25 miles north of Sixes.
Campgrounds at Floras Lake (Boyce Cope), Cape Blanco State Park and KOA just south of Langlois.

Sixes River Chinook Salmon

Sixes River King Salmon
Dec. 9th 2003

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