Chetco river

Chetco River fishing

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Well, the last few weeks on the Chetco river has been one for the books!! We have caught Steelhead in all conditions from brown water to clear water. I have to tip my hat to the brood stock program up here in Oregon. They have an amazing program!! Being apart of the program and able to chose the genetics has been an amazing experience. The weather has been sunny and warm, what more can a steelhead fisherman ask for??

Most fish have been coming on the bead. The boat pressure has been busy during the green water days. Most of the boaters were happy to be on the river chasing steelhead which is nice! There is always a few knuckle heads out on the river trying to go against the grain, which is unfortunate. Its always nice when everyone has bent rods and big smiles!!

lets pray to the weather gods to keep bring us rain in southern Oregon and northern California. We all know we need it! I don’t know where I will be in the next week but stay tuned for the next fishing report.

Keep It Reel…

 

 

 

 

bigkahunaChetco River fishing
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2022 steelhead

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Fishing has been off to a great start for 2021 and the new 2022 winter steelhead season. Big tides brought some good pushes off fresh fish up many of the north coast and southern Oregon river. With all the low snow melting with these next few rains, we will be off the river for a handful of days.

This year has started off 100 times better than last year! All though last year had low numbers but big size, this year seems to be high in early numbers of steelhead. Hopefully we keep getting the much need precipitation toppled with good numbers of fish. KEEP IT REEL and see you on the water…

 

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Fishing on the Chetco River

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DSC-0330DSC-0327Fishing on the Chetco the past few days has been excellent with a lot of fresh fish pushing through the system. With some of the biggest crowds I’ve seen in quite some time, it didn’t seem to make a difference to the fish. Most boats were averaging six to ten opportunities a day! It would appear that a lot of the hatchery fish have shown up, mixed with a descent amount of wild fish. All the fish we caught were fresh dime bright winter Steelhead! Averaging six to twelve pounds and living up to the reputation of hard pulling Steelhead, the moral of the boat was at a all time high. You can’t beet warm January days for Steelhead fishing but the Pacific Northwest is in desperate need of some heavy precipitation. Looking back on years of weather notes, I’m optimistic that we still have the potential for good rain fall in the last bit of January and through the spring!
I’m turning my attention to newly arrived Winter Steelhead on the Klamath and Trinity rivers in the next few days. For more information give us a call or send us a message and don’t forget that ”Bent rods and big smiles is our quest.”

MicahFishing on the Chetco River
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Fishing in Northern California

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In Northern California starting on Friday a storm came through and gave us about 1.5” – 2” inches of rain. The Smith River received the most precipitation, besides the Chetco River in Oregon! With the rain came a massive amount of chrome bright Winter Steelhead. Fishing with Don of Dons Custom  Lures and Tom Davison we put together a great day of fishing. We hooked seven fish and landed six! One of the fish was a classic 15 lb wild Smith River Steelhead!

We will turn our attention to the Klamath and Trinity river at this point in time. Both rivers are getting winter Steelhead and we are starting to book trips. Give us a call or send an email for more information.047048

MicahFishing in Northern California
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Waiting for Rain

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The fishing has slowed down at the moment in Northern California,and Southern Oregon! We are waiting for more rain to bring in new fish to the river systems. Douglas and Junction city on the Trinity river still has some decent Steelhead fishing. Most of the fish are coming on small nymphs,and egg patterns! The fish are slightly lethargic due to cold temperatures.
There is some weather in the forecast due to hit the coast mid week. Its hard to say what the weather gods have in store for us! If the weather cooperates we will see more King Salmon entering the Chetco,Eel,and the Van Duzen rivers systems. Early winter run Steelhead have already shown their presence in the Mad,and Eel rivers. Most of the Steelhead are in the 3 to the 4 lb. range! The low flow closures are in effect on the Eel,Van Duzen,and Mad rivers due to limited rainfall.

MicahWaiting for Rain
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