Been Slow

Chetco River - Brookings, OR (Curry County)

by Kenny Priest

Fishing has been slow the past few days, but hopefully the rain that’s forecasted will shake up the river. There are quite a few downers in the river, but they’ve been pounded on pretty good. The hope is the rise will bring in some fresh fish and push some of the spawned-out fish down river. As of Wednesday, it looks like the Chetco will fish through Friday, but will likely blow out sometime Saturday.

Photo Caption: Lacey Trask of McKinleyville shows off a bright winter steelhead landed on a recent trip to the Chetco River. All of the coastal rivers will see a rapid rise in flows as a series of storms move through Humboldt and Del Norte Counties over the next two weeks.

Kenny Priest operates Fishing the North Coast, a fishing guide service out of Humboldt specializing in salmon and steelhead. Find it on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and For up-to-date fishing reports and North Coast river information, email [email protected].

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Fishing the North Coast Reports
for Thursday, February 25th, 2016

: Fishing the North Coast: Fall Klamath kings return in smaller numbers
Chetco River: Starting to Clear Up
Smith River: Pretty Tough Conditions
Eel River: Dropping Fast
Eel River - South Fork: Lower End is Good
Van Duzen River: Good Shape
Mad River: Red Hot
Trinity River - Upper: Almost over