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
March 12, 2013 - Brookings, Oregon
March has come in like a lamb! We’ve had a string of beautiful sunny days lately. There are still a few fish to be caught on the Chetco River, but get ‘em while the getting is good… the river will be closing for the season on March 31. They were spotted jumping at Social Security Bar today. Bottom fishing has been very good lately. Jim Bithell, a local charter, has been limiting out on bottom fish. There hasn’t been any reported activity for spring Chinook, but that should be picking up any day now. We’ll be seeing some typical spring conditions in the coming days with a mix of sun, fog, and clouds. Get out and enjoy some fishing… if folk lore holds true, March will go out like a lion, so go do it while you can! Before you head out, make sure you stop at the Chetco Outdoor Store to stock up on supplies and get the latest and greatest fishing information.
February 10 - Brookings, Oregon
Brookings reputation as the banana belt is well earned as of late! We’ve been having a stretch of beautiful weather, with warm, sunny days and cool, brisk nights. The result is that the Chetco River is running low and cle...ar, which is great to look at, but not so great for fishing. Some fishermen have been doing OK with steelhead fishing, but in general, it’s been rough. Most of the fish are concentrated in the upper river. Bottom fishing has been good when conditions allow boats to get out. Perch fishing is starting to ramp up for the season too, and should continue to improve over the coming weeks. This nice weather has brought some wind with it, and bar restrictions have not been uncommon, so as usual, be sure to check local conditions before heading out. Be sure to also check out the Chetco Outdoor Store, and thank Scott for providing fishing information!
January 23, 2013 - Brookings, Oregon
A couple weeks ago, I made a wish, “rain, rain, go away, come again some other day.” Well I got my wish; after a week of cool sunshine, the rain is back. But this is, in many ways, good news. The bite on the Chetco had slowed down, and the recent cold snap lowered the water temperature to about 39.5 degrees. With today’s rain, and more in the forecast, the water level should come back up, along with the temperature, and the bite should improve. The Rogue River has also slowed down, with a recorded water temperature in Grants Pass of 35 degrees. The ocean has been a little rough, but bottom fishing has been very good lately, with one boat bringing in 30 ling cod at once. Small craft advisories are in affect, and there have been a lot of warnings out regarding sneaker waves and heavy surf, so be sure to check local conditions before heading out.
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!