Coho Salmon Season
Coho season is July 1-31, 10,500 marked fish maximum.
Chinook Salmon season
May 1st, 2013 to Sept 8th, 2013
2 fish per day 24" limit
January 10, 2013 - Brookings, Oregon
Thanks to the Chetco Outdoor Store for providing fishing information! It's always great to talk to Scott- give him a call or stop in and see him for great fishing information! Good news continues to pour in from the Chetco River… the fishing is wide open. You could practically throw an old rope in the water and pull out a 15-pound steelhead. OK, maybe that’s exaggerating, but you don’t have to be an expert to catch them right now, and most methods and lures have proven effective. The river flow is predicted to peak around 4:00 this afternoon, then should start coming back down. The Rogue River has slowed down a little, but should pick back up again after today’s predicted rain. For a change of pace, you might consider tossing out a line in the Pistol River or Hunter Creek. Bottom fishing has been minimal lately, primarily because of poor weather conditions. Commercial crab season is well underway, so come on down and watch the boats come and go, and don’t forget to stop at the docks and get your fresh crab!
December 10, 2012 - Brookings, OR
Finally, what we have all been waiting for! Winter steelhead are abounding the Chetco River. Many beautiful fish have been reported being caught from drift boats as well as from the banks. Various strategies are being used to catch these fish such as plunking, side drifting & pulling plugs. Ocean fishing has picked up the last couple days with a few boats heading out into the sunshine! Sport crabbing has begun with the crabs reported as being plentiful but really light on the meat side. Our recommendation is to wait it out a bit and let them fill up, that way you can have a tastier crab feast! Winchuck River has been fare & the Rogue River’s winter steelhead arrived. Classic color lures have been the most popular including the tequila sunrise color. Stop and glow lures, which are a flame colored lure with a glow in the dark half have been successful too. Dust off your fishing gear because the River is expected to get better and better!
December 3, 201 - Brookings, OR
Brookings Harbor has been getting torn up from the wild winter storms moving through! Fishermen may be able to start plunking by Friday if the river’s conditions improve. It is still pretty muddy out there with the possibility of more rain in the forecast. The bar conditions have made it difficult to cross and not many fishermen have braved the choppy weather. Hopefully conditions will improve in the near future and the opportunity for catching a trophy fish will once again be within our grasps!
November 26, 2012 - Brookings, OR
The ocean has been rough lately with not many fishermen braving the waves to catch bottom fish. They are still steadily biting a ways out from the estuary to steer clear of the extraordinary amounts of fresh water pumping in from the rivers. The Winchuck River fishing has picked up a bit this week. The Chetco River has been pretty muddy due to last week’s storm resulting in a slide at the South Fork of the Chetco River. Fishermen have still reported catching some steelheads by plunking. The weather forecast is not looking so hot this week. Batten down the hatches for another storm that will result in precipitation starting Tuesday and a full blown gully washer by Wednesday! Good luck out there and don’t forget your raingear!
November 20, 2012 - Brookings, OR
Due to the extreme coastal weather conditions this week fishing has come to an abrupt halt. Earlier in the week the Chetco River reported 8 nice steelhead caught! The intense rainfall pounding the coastline in this short period of time has led the Chetco River, Rogue River, and Winchuck River to reach flooding levels. We recommend staying off the water, kicking your feet up in front of a nice warm fire & indulging in a cup of hot cocoa! Hopefully conditions will ease up and you can be back on the water to catch the ‘Big One’ soon. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving from the Port of Brookings Harbor!