Frequent storms have kept the river out of shape most of the season

Chetco River - Brookings, OR (Curry County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Slow. Frequent storms have kept the river out of shape most of the season. Boat anglers will have to wait until flows drop. When the river flows have been dropping, bank anglers plunking Spin-n-Glos are picking up a few steelhead. 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.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, February 21st
Grande Ronde River: Steelhead fishing has begun to slow as fish move upriver into the Wallowa River
Wallowa River: Steelhead fishing has been quite good on the Wallowa River over the past weeks
Ochoco Reservoir: The reservoir is 69 percent full
Prinevile Reservoir: Prineville Reservoir at 74 percent full
EE Wilson Angling Pond: Recenlty Stocked
Quartzville Creek: Flows have come down and are around 650 cfs
Santiam River ( North Fork) : River is currently running at around 2,600 cfs
Santiam River (South Fork): The river's turbidity is improving
Deschutes River- Lower: Lower Deschutes Slab
Wallowa River: Steelhead on a fly rod
Nehalem River- North Fork: Winter Steelhead!
Alsea River: The early winter steelhead have entered the Alsea River basin
Kilchis River: The Kilchis will be low through the weekend
Necanicum River: The hatchery steelhead run on the Necanicum River is nearly over
Nehalem River: The Nehalem fished well over the last week
Nehalem River- North Fork: Steelhead fishing on the North Fork Nehalem has slowed this week.
Nestucca River: Steelhead fishing on the Nestucca was fair last weekend
Salmon River: Early winter steelhead have been entering the system
Siletz River: The first big push of winter steelhead have entered the system
Siuslaw River: The Siuslaw is open for retention of hatchery winter steelhead
Three Rivers: There are hatchery steelhead available in Three Rivers
Trask River: The Trask River should fish through the weekend but may get high and off color early next week
Wilson River: Steelhead fishing on the Wilson River has been fair the past week
Applegate Reservoir: The reservoir near its normal wintertime level

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