Southern Oregon


Plug Fishing Nails Chetco Fall Chinook
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, NOVEMBER 18, 2017

Chetco River

Next Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the following Saturday, fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be free for both Oregon residents and non-residents.  The official dates for the free fishing days will be November 24 and 25. That means no licenses, tags or endorsements are required on those days. Even if you already have a combined angling tag, you...
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Salmon fishing is all about rain
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

Chetco River

November is the month when storms start pummeling the southern Oregon and northern California coastline.  And to a river fisherman, storms mean only one thing - rain, beautiful droplets of salmon caffeine!  And with rains come rising rivers; and with rising rivers follow the Chinook. It's the natural procession of nature. In this neck of the woods, the two main river...
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Chetco River Opens for all Salmon Techniques
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, NOVEMBER 4, 2017

Chetco River

Today, November 4, the Chetco River up to the salmon deadline at Nook Creek will open up to all legal forms of fishing. Up until November 4, the section of the Chetco from rivermile 2.2 up to Nook Creek was open under a "bobber only" or "fly fishing only" anti-snagging restriction.  Now, you can plunk, pull plugs, back-bounce roe or use any other...
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Expanded Crabbing Closure Announced
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, OCTOBER 28, 2017

Chetco River

Last week, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced an expanded closure of harvesting crab in all Oregon bays from the north jetty of the Coquille River estuary in Bandon south to the Oregon/California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid toxin. The closure includes the Chetco Bay and the ocean (which...
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Chinook Showing in Chetco Tidewater
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, OCTOBER 21, 2017

Chetco River

The first rains of the season have sparked Chinook to enter upper and lower Chetco River tidewater holes, with most of the kings pulling a pit stop at Social Security Bar.  Rain is expected throughout the weekend but not enough precipitation is expected to significantly raise the river for drift boats to deploy their techniques. At the present time, the ground...
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Hawg Chinook Caught in the Bubble Fishery
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, OCTOBER 14, 2017

Chetco River

I love being right. Last week I said that I wouldn't be surprised one bit if a 50-pound king was caught in the Chetco Bubble Fishery. No sooner did the Curry Coastal Pilot hit the newsstand that a 49.83-pound Chinook was caught in the ocean by Don Williams of Brookings while trolling a cut-plug herring. While 49.83 pounds does not technically qualify as...
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