Water levels have risen and color up some

Chetco River - Brookings, OR (Curry County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

We got significant precipitation recently causing water levels to rise and color up some. There are good numbers of Chinook spread throughout the lower river and more to still come as this is just the beginning of the run. Temporary rule changes for wild adult Chinook are now in place Aug. 31-Dec. 31. One wild adult Chinook per day and two total for the time period. This temporary rule change affects only adult wild Chinook. All other zone regulations still apply including the hatchery Chinook retention and the bobber rule. The bobber rule is in effect through Nov. 3.  

With trout season winding down, closes Nov. 1, anglers should try and get out to target sea-run cutthroat trout as they are moving in and following the Chinook. These big cutthroat will eat any offering. In particular, anchovies and salmon eggs.

ODFW tracks hatchery survival and other important information through Coded Wire Tag returns.  Anglers with hatchery catch are encouraged to return adipose fin-clipped Chinook snouts to ODFW. A snout box with instructions is located inside the fish cleaning station in the port near the boat ramp. Thank you for your participation.

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