Category Archives: Current Fishing Reports

Dry spell puts steelhead season on hold

Last year’s drought-busting rainfall is starting to fade from the rearview mirror, while thoughts of the dreaded-drought are slowly creeping back into focus. I catch myself thinking back to three or four years ago, and what a tough time it … Continue reading

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Steelhead waiting game

With no rain in the forecast for at least the next 10 days, the end is in sight for the late, fall-run salmon season on the North Coast. The Chetco saw a pretty decent return, but the Smith was somewhat … Continue reading

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Plenty of fishable water for the weekend

For the first time this winter, just about all of our coastal rivers will come into play at the same time. Following last Sunday’s big rise —  and without any substantial rainfall since — the rivers have been dropping quickly … Continue reading

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Coastal king season winding down

Other than the Smith and Chetco, all of the North Coast rivers were still off color as of Wednesday. And with more rain in the forecast, all of the local rivers will likely see another bump in flows starting late … Continue reading

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Rain and fresh kings both in the forecast

A series of rain storms moved across the North Coast late last week bringing sizable rises to the Chetco and Smith rivers over the weekend. With off and on rain in the forecast, both rivers will be up and down … Continue reading

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Storms open the door for coastal kings

The season’s first real storms are currently drenching the North Coast and putting rivers on the rise, and it looks like there’s plenty more of the wet stuff on the horizon. If the forecast holds, we should see enough rain … Continue reading

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Sport crab opens Saturday — domoic acid warning likely

The ever-popular recreational Dungeness crab season is scheduled to open on time this year, and the season’s first crustaceans can be legally hauled from the salty waters of oceans and bays beginning Saturday morning. However, the California Department of Public … Continue reading

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Late-season coastal king season starts with a bang

Last weekend’s rain provided a glimpse into what could be one heck of a late-fall coastal salmon season on the Smith and Chetco rivers. Following last Thursday’s rain, the Smith opened to fishing above Rowdy Creek for the first time … Continue reading

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California halibut bite keeps rolling

If you thought the California halibut season was belly up, you may want to reconsider. The effort has definitely tapered off over the past few weeks, but the bite remains as strong as it’s been all season. “We fished over … Continue reading

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Chetco Bubble season rebounds after slow start

After a slow start to the Chetco bubble season on Saturday, the bite really picked up on Sunday. According to guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing, the ODFW fish checkers reported 40 kings for 250 boats on Saturday. “We … Continue reading

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