It is still a little bit early for strong salmon fishing on the Chetco and Smith rivers and with rough weather on the ocean it has been a slow week for fishing throughout the Wild Rivers Coast.

There have still some fish being caught throughout the week, however. Although still slow, anglers have been catching a few juvenile salmon near the mouths of both the Chetco and Smith rivers. Ocean anglers have also been able to haul in some rockfish and lingcod out of Crescent City, though the bottomfishing season is now closed out of Brookings.

On the ocean

It has been a slow week out of Crescent City on the ocean, and fishing was nearly nonexistent out of Brookings due to wind and swells this week.

Capt. Craig Stickhouser of Tally Ho II Sporfishing, said the ocean was perfectly flat early in the week, and his customers were able to take advantage with everyone catching their limits of lingcod, including a few big ones. Stickhouser also said they caught their limits of rockfish early in the week before the winds started picking up.

In Crescent City the halibut season is now closed after the quota for the season was reached on the Northern California Coast.

In Brookings, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife closed bottomfishing on the entire Oregon Coast this week, so anglers out of Brookings were not able to target the only fish that were in range due to the weather.

Pacific halibut fishing is still open out of Brookings, though anglers will likely have to wait for better weather.

River fishing

Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said he spent all week fishing for salmon in the Coos Bay, where, he said, anglers have been catching between one and five fish per boat, per day.

“It hasn’t been red hot,” Martin said. “We are having to work hard for them. Overall it looks like a little bit of a down year on the Coos and the Coquille, but there is still a lot of fishing pressure because it is the best thing going.”

Martin said the Rogue River has been fishing well this fall, but salmon catches slowed considerably in the bay on Monday as rain ushered many of the salmon holding in the bay up into the river.

It is still early for salmon on the Chetco and Smith rivers, but anglers are catching some jacks, with an occasional adult salmon being reeled in on the lower portion of both rivers.

“That is a good sign because it is really early still,” Martin said. “It is going to take a huge rain to really get things going, but there are a few fish in there. It seems like when they start showing up early, that means it is going to be a good run later in the year.”

Fishing contacts: Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing at 206-388-8988; Englund Marine Supply Company at 464-3230; Tally Ho II Sportfishing at 707-464-1236.

Reach Michael Zogg at mzogg@triplicate.com.

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