Fishing conditions on the Wild Rivers Coast haven’t changed too much over the past week. Although anglers are still catching a few early salmon on both the Smith and Chetco rivers, low flows are making catches difficult to come by. Anglers in Oregon have had a little bit more luck trolling in the Chetco Estuary for salmon.
Meanwhile, anglers that are only looking to haul in some fish have a few tantalizing options. Bottomfishing out of both Brookings and Crescent City is almost always productive when ocean conditions allow for fishing. The Klamath River is also producing lots of jacks — juvenile steelhead — for fly fishermen on the Lower Klamath River.
Although anglers are always excited when salmon are in season on local rivers, the most productive river fishing in the area has actually been on the Klamath River. Although the Klamath is closed to salmon fishing, Jim Bansemer of Gold River Fishing Guides said the Klamath was producing lots of nice jacks for serious fly fishermen on the lower river this week.
Salmon fishing on the Chetco River has been made difficult by low flows, so most anglers have stayed in the estuary, which has been producing some nice fish throughout the week.
The Smith River has reportedly slowed down a little bit over the past week, but there are still a few catches here and there, although anglers are reporting some competition for salmon from sea lions looking for a meal.
On the ocean
Although river fishing has been less than ideal, ocean anglers can still haul in lots of rockfish and lingcod. Bottomfishing on the Wild Rivers Coast is almost always productive whenever ocean conditions allow boats to get out.
Up in Oregon, the Pacific halibut season officially came to a close at the beginning of the month. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Southern Oregon Coast ended up landing 6,043 pounds of halibut towards its sub-quota of 8,982 pounds, or about 77 percent of the quota.
Fishing contacts: Tally Ho II Sportfishing at 707-464-1236; Chetco Outdoor Store at 541-469-9151; Gold River Guides at 541-611-0398 or 541-661-2165 and goldriverguides.com; Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing at 206-388-8988; Chetco Outdoor Store at 541-469-9151; Englund Marine Supply Company at 464-32306.
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