Boat anglers have been able to consistently catch fish

Chetco River - Brookings, OR (Curry County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Boat anglers have been able to consistently catch fish, but rain this week should improve conditions for bank anglers. Boat anglers will have to wait until flows drop. When the river flows have been dropping, bank anglers plunking Spin-n-Glos are doing well on winter steelhead moving upriver. Boat anglers will have wait until flows drop below 4000 cfs.‌

Anglers are reminded that in addition to the combined angling tag they need the Rogue South Coast Steelhead Validation to fish for steelhead on the river. Anglers should review regulations before heading out.‌

The Chetco River Angler Caught Broodstock program has started for the year. Anglers interested in participating need to sign up and obtain a permit. The program is the only way steelhead are collected for the Chetco River hatchery program. Steelhead can be donated by anglers fishing with guides or as a non-guided angler. Donated steelhead are transported to Elk River Hatchery and held until they are spawned. Juvenile steelhead are reared at the hatchery before being released back in the Chetco River. For more information about the program or to obtain a permit, anglers can call the Gold Beach ODFW office at 541-247-7605

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