Lots of salmon have stacked up in the tidewater

Chetco River - Brookings, OR (Curry County)

by Kenny Priest

“After a week of slow fishing, the Chetco estuary kicked out a bunch of salmon late last weekend before action slowed again this week,” said Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. “Fishing has been fair upriver, where anglers are limited to bobber fishing. Lots of salmon have stacked up in the tidewater. Gear restrictions are lifted Saturday, Nov. 4, meaning plugs and back-bouncing will be allowed. A big rain event is expected to begin late Wednesday night and continue into next week. If conditions are too high, the Elk may be a better bet than the Chetco. Earlier rains have already cleared the moss from the river, but leaves could be an issue over the weekend, although the Chetco could be blown out anyway. Fishing is tough over 4,000 cfs, and flows could crest at 8,000 cfs.”

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