Fishing Articles


Drift-Fish Your Way into a Steelhead's Mouth
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, DECEMBER 15, 2018

Chetco River

It’s almost time to catch your first steelhead of the winter season, and if you’re a bank fisherman, drift-fishing is a prime way of getting them to bite. Whether you’re fishing the Chetco River or North Fork of the Coquille, every river has its favored drift-fishing water flows. Notice that I didn’t mention the word “hot-spots”, mainly because hotspots can change...
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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery staff are reporting an unusual level of loss among spring Chinook eggs and newly hatched fish at Cole Rivers Hatchery. Agency fish health specialists believe an algae overload and aging infrastructure is the likely cause of the loss. Approximately 360,000 spring Chinook eggs and fry died since December 7 due to low dissolved oxygen...
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Rain – and hopefully steelhead – on the way
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, DECEMBER 13, 2018

Smith River

Winter steelhead season has yet to kick into gear on the North Coast, but changes are a brewing. We have a couple decent storm fronts headed our way that will put all of the coastal rivers on the rise. If the rain comes as predicted, the rivers will see their highest flows this winter, except for the Smith. The Eel,...
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Good Day On the Sacramento River
Ramblings
by John Higley, DECEMBER 13, 2018

Sacramento River - Upper

With the salmon season winding down on the Sacramento River I fervently hoped to get on the water at least one more time.  My idea was to have a little fun on my favorite northern California river, and introduce my adult daughter Meredith to river salmon fishing under the tutelage of guide Mike Bogue, who’s been guiding full time on...
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Stinky Salmon and Other Natural Fertilizers
by FISHBIO, DECEMBER 10, 2018


From dying salmon, mighty redwoods grow. Scientists have long studied how the expansive, lush forests of the Pacific Northwest are nourished by an annual fertilizer boostprovided by migrating salmon. As salmon return from the ocean, where they can gain more than 98% of their body weight, they import a wealth of nutrients from their marine feeding grounds to the freshwater habitats of their birth. Stream networks...
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Make Your Own Steelhead Yarn Balls
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, DECEMBER 10, 2018

Chetco River

Friday, December 21 marks the beginning of winter, and with a little bit of luck, the first big storm coinciding with the third week of winter usually ushers in the first large schools of winter steelhead.   Unfortunately, many south coast rivers like the Chetco River have been plagued with low-water conditions.  Thankfully, the Chetco received enough rain on three separate...
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