Rain this week has improved fishing conditions

Chetco River - Brookings, OR (Curry County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Rain this week has improved fishing conditions. Only a handful of anglers are fishing the river, but the catch rates are pretty good. March is a great time to target steelhead. 

ODFW is conducting several projects on the river. Anglers can participate in the Chetco River angler caught winter steelhead broodstock program by signing up and receiving a permit. ODFW also has crews conducting angler creel and spawning ground surveys to monitor angling pressure on the river, steelhead catch and wild steelhead spawning. It is a busy time on the Chetco River and anglers can find out more about either program by contacting the ODFW Gold Beach office at 541-247-7605.

There are new license requirements to fish for winter steelhead in 2023 on south coast rivers and anglers should check the new regulation book prior to fishing. In particular, anglers that used to buy their license as a guest will now need to establish an ODFW Angler ID Number.