Chetco Steelhead (BOOK NOW)

Chetco River - Brookings, OR (Curry County)

Photo Credit: Ironhead Guide Service IGS

by Mario Gomez

Ironhead Guide Service has been fishing the Chetco, and Klamath River this past week and has been doing OK. Most guide boats are reporting 1 to 3 adult winter steelhead that run 3 to 5 pounds and a few smaller half pounders a day. Pro Guide Mario Gomez recommends you BOOK NOW if you want to get a fishing trip this winter because all of the reputable guides are short on days at this point in the game.

The winter steelhead season on the west coast is starting to pick up, and the smaller coastal rivers are receiving much needed rain and with each day that passes more fish are showing up. The Klamath, Umpqua, and Rogue rivers are seeing good numbers of fish in the lower ends, with the Chetco, Smith, and Coquille rivers experiencing low and clear conditions so the fish are hiding and appear to be on a furlough LOL, but if you work hard you will get your shot.

When it comes to fishing some of these coastal rivers in low clear conditions you really need to put in your time. The fish go and hide in some spots that are hard to fish, so you have to be able to adapt. You have to sight fish, and be able to target fish in the shallows. Each river has its own set of intricacies, and once you learn those you will have better success.

Follow Ironhead Guide Services adventures on Facebook, and Instagram.

If you have any question call 530-598-0530, and talk to one our regions top rated guides.

Read what people have to say about Ironhead Guide Service on IGS Google Reviews.

Mario IGS


Mario Gomez is a Northern California and Southern Oregon professional fishing guide that chases salmon, trout, and steelhead on the most productive rivers in the Northwest. Pro guide Mario Gomez has spent his entire life fishing the Klamath River, but also follows the circuit and targets the California and Oregon coastal streams each year. If you are interested in fishing the Klamath River, Smith River, Chetco River, Umpqua River and Rogue River click on the website and book your trip today. To learn more about Mario visit Ironhead Guide Service, you can also find him on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, or call him anytime @ (530) 598-0530.

More Reports

Klamath River Chrome (lets go fishing)
Klamath River - Lower

The fishing on the Klamath River is picking up, and pro guide Mario Gomez of Ironhead Guide Service has been...... Read More

Klamath River - Middle

The winter steelhead are starting to make a presence in the lower Klamath River.  IRONHEAD GUIDE SERVICE has been fishing...... Read More