Southern Oregon


The Magic of Plastic
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, FEBRUARY 17, 2018

Chetco River

With the Chetco River flowing at just about 1,000 cfs and dropping, and low flow rates of other rivers like the lower Rogue and California’s Smith rivers, anglers are temporarily giving up on catching steelhead and are heading for the ocean in search of bottom fish such as rockfish, greenling and lingcod. And while it is true that a lot of...
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Ocean Alive with Bottom Grabbers
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, FEBRUARY 10, 2018



Pacific Herring Still in Crescent City Harbor I just love living in this little slice of heaven called Brookings.  It has everything an angler could ever hope for -  steelhead and salmon rivers galore, ocean fish aplenty, tuna when in season, crab fishing fiestas - you name it, it's got it.  And if it isn't readily available, you can drive within...
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Pacific Herring Arrive in Crescent City in Full Force
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, FEBRUARY 3, 2018

Chetco River

Fishermen - start your sabikis!  Pacific herring have made their annual appearance on January 31 in Del Norte Harbor in Crescent City, but they arrived in full force on February 1. "Today was the big day," said Loren Taylor from Englund Marine Supply in Crescent City on Thursday. "They're big and they're in there pretty thick." Hordes of Pacific herring were being...
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Make Your Own Plunking Slider
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JANUARY 27, 2018

Chetco River

With all the high water Oregon and California rivers have been experiencing this week, the first anglers who will be taking advantage of the high-water conditions will inevitably by those who are plunking Spin-N-Glos from the bank. So being the resourceful fishermen that we are, everybody's going to take advantage of the latest fad on the water.  For the last few...
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High Water Should Provide Perfect Plunking Opportunities
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JANUARY 20, 2018

Chetco River

Earlier in the week from Sunday through Tuesday, both boaters and bankies on the Chetco River were catching the occasional winter steelhead.  They may not have been numerous, but they were worth the wait - fat and sassy specimens averaging anywhere from 8 to 12 pounds. Not a bad average, especially for hatchery steelhead. Those could be 2- or 3-salt fish, depending on how...
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Rising Water Heralds in Fresh Steelhead
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JANUARY 13, 2018

Chetco River

Badly needed rain on the southern Oregon coast finally raised the Chetco and Rogue Rivers to where anglers could deploy a variety of steelhead techniques to bring home the chrome. The Chetco rose to over 2,200 cubic feet per second almost overnight, which created travel lanes for the streamlined locomotives. Steelhead are spread all throughout the system now, with many anglers putting...
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