Flows will be close to ideal as the weekend approaches

Chetco River - Brookings, OR (Curry County)

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by Kenny Priest

High water has made salmon fishing tough on the Chetco, but flows will be close to ideal as the weekend approaches, reports Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. He said, “Salmon are spread throughout the system. Bobbers must still be used until Nov. 5, as ODFW said it is sticking with the published low-flow regulations. Last week’s brood stock seining for the Chetco hatchery program produced nearly 75 kings over two days. Some of the salmon were close to 40 pounds. Flows reached 8,000 cfs. Less than 4,000 is considered good, and anything between 1,500 and 2,500 cfs is prime. Catches during high water have been nearly a 50-50 split between hatchery and wild fish.”

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