Bigger Tides Have Brought Fresh Schools of Steelhead

Chetco River - Brookings, OR (Curry County)

Athena Hartley of Ashland, Ore., holds a wild steelhead she caught Jan. 23 on the Chetco River while fishing with guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. The fish was donated to the hatchery broodstock program. She was using a Corky and roe.
Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Wild Rivers Fishing

by Kenny Priest

Bigger tides have brought fresh schools of steelhead into the lower Chetco but rains could blow the river out again by the end of the week, reports Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. “Fishing is still slow to fair but some guides are getting two to three steelhead a day,” said Martin. “The best fishing has been on the lower river, where hatchery steelhead are showing up at Freeman, the North Fork and Glassy Flat. Plunkers had a few good days last week and should do well again with this week’s rain.”

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