Southern Oregon


Chetco nears steelhead broodstock goal - bottomfishing turns on
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, FEBRUARY 25, 2017

Chetco River

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife always hopes to achieve their goal of taking 120 winter steelhead from the Chetco River in order to spawn and release 50,000 winter steelhead smolts back into the Chetco. And they haven't done all that bad over the last quarter century accomplishing that goal either, especially when you look at the statistics given in...
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Pacific herring arrive at Crescent City
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, FEBRUARY 18, 2017

Crescent City Harbor

Fishermen of all ages lined up elbow-to-elbow Citizen's Dock in Crescent City Harbor last week, jigging for Pacific herring that make their annual spawning migration into the harbor every year.  This year, the silver-sided baitfish arrived at Crescent City Harbor on Saturday, February 11.  Full 6-gallon buckets of herring averaging between 8 and 10 inches were the rule, and many...
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High water grounds south coast steelheaders
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, FEBRUARY 11, 2017

Chetco River

With over one week of fishless days due to high, turbid and muddy water, fishermen on the Chetco and lower Rogue rivers were left hanging high and dry all of last week, grounded by Mother Nature's merciless wind and rain. But if you are wondering if and when you will ever be able to fish for your rivers' highly-prized winter steelhead...
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Winter steelhead, surfperch, bottom fish attract Southern Oregon anglers
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Chetco River

The Chetco and lower Rogue rivers continue to thrill winter steelhead aficionados, with an occasional monster steelie being caught. Last week, at least two 18-pound hatchery metalheads were caught on the Chetco.  I saw one of them and it was monstrous! The Chetco Steelheadzilla was caught by Stefon Muroff of Boise, Idaho while he was side-drifting a Puff Ball-and-roe combination in the...
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South Coast rivers give anglers a crash course in metal shop
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JANUARY 28, 2017

Chetco River

After several weeks of high and turbid water conditions that contained lots of runoff due to melting snowpack and recent rains, several Oregon south coast rivers finally pulled into shape, enough to give side-drifters, bank fishermen and boaters a refresher course in how to catch a few heavy metalheads. On Thursday, the lower Rogue was fishing quite well for large winter...
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Rains shepherd in peak season Chetco steelhead
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JANUARY 21, 2017

Chetco River

A combination of melting snowpack and heavy rains ushered in the first large colonies of chrome-bright winter steelhead into the Chetco River last week. A few lucky anglers deploying a plethora of steelhead techniques got the opportunity to go one-on-one with some water-walking, thumb-burning heavy metalheads. And it's about time.  I was beginning to worry whether or not the silver missiles...
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