, Fishing News
New Feature

Click on Columnists  to access travelogues, field reports, advice, humorous tales and answers to your Q’s! 


Website of the Week


Chetco expected to open fully November 4

On Oregon Waters, by larry Ellis,

k, so right now it looks like a trickle. Some people, including myself have never seen water in the Chetco River this low, and I've been here over 34 years if that counts for anything. But salmon are the most tenacious animals I've ever encountered. They spawn (breed) only one time in their life, and then they die. So it comes to no surprise to me that Chinook have been found at least as high as the Ice Box Hole.

But I digress.

I remember one day watching an angler on another river (I believe it was the Alsea), hook and land a Chinook that was easily pushing 50 pounds - but it wasn't easy! The angler hooked it in one spot, and then the super-nook said, 'the heck with that, I'm outta here'!

From there it proceeded to exit the deep hole where it was originally hooked and then twisted its way over and around rocks that barely contained any water at all. Most of the fish was out of the water mind you. And then it dived into the next deep hole where it proceeded to give the angler all of his money's worth of tackle.

When the salmon got annoyed with the angler messing with him in that particular spot, it somehow exited that deep-water hole and like a snake, writhed its way through more waterless rocks and boulders until it came to hole number 3.

It played this little cat-and-mouse game for about 45 minutes before it finally tired out and the angler was able to land the fish.

All this longwinded conversation was made to make one point. Salmon will get to their destination come hell or high water (or in the Chetco's case, very warm and low water) to complete their mission in life, which as previously mentioned, is to breed just one time before they are finally forced to give up the ghost.

So don't worry about Chetco River Chinook - Mother Nature has provided them with enough innate skills to take care of themselves.

So it comes to no surprise to me that STEP biologist John Weber and members of the Oregon South Coast Fishermen pulled in approximately 300 Chinook in one set while seining for the Chetco Broodstock Program just a tad upriver from Social Security Hole.

It also comes to no surprise that salmon up to 50 pounds have been hooked or at least seen in all the regular holes up to Ice Box, which is a spot just upriver from Loeb State Park.

Anyway, on this one particular set, anglers were hauling Chinook to the hatchery truck one after the other until the vehicle couldn't hold any more fish - a haul of approximately 106 Chinook.

Then there were the other 200 Chinook in the net to take care of, which were carefully deposited back into the river by hand. And we're talking 30-plus pound fish that were released. I saw them!

With last week's 42 fish harvest, and this week's 100-Chinook cargo, the Chetco almost has their entire brood collection for making approximately

200,000 fertilized eggs at the Elk River Hatchery in Port Orford.

STEP biologist John Weber (center) and members of the Oregon South Coast Fishermen seined the Chetco River on Tuesday for the Chetco Broodstock Program. Photo by Larry Ellis
STEP biologist John Weber (center) and members of the Oregon South Coast Fishermen seined the Chetco River on Tuesday for the Chetco Broodstock Program. In one set they got over 300 Chinook. 100 large salmon were put into the hatchery truck and sent to Elk River Hatchery and over 200 fish like the ones shown here were released unharmed back into the river.

So this coming Wednesday, November 4, the Chetco will open up to its normal regulations up to the deadline at Nook Creek, which means that anglers will not be restricted to bobber-only and fly-only restrictions, and anglers can fish using their regular legal techniques. That is unless ODFW states otherwise.

"At this point we're expecting it (the Chetco) to open," says district biologist Todd Confer.

Granted, the Chetco contains low water, but again, Chinook are the most tenacious animals that I have ever encountered.

At some point within the next two weeks, the area will get hammered with enough rain to raise the river. But until that point happens, the best technique will be using bobbers-and-live sand shrimp in the first two hours of first legal light.

Ray and Dorris Smith from White City, Oregon holding their rock crab, photo by Larry Ellis
Ray and Dorris Smith from White City, Oregon crabbed last week at the Port of Brookings Harbor's crab dock and did quite well on large red rock crab.

The crabbing is expected to still be fair to good this week.

The estuary should fish fairly well until rains push the water flow over

1,000 cubic feet per second, and crabbing off of the Port of Brookings Harbor's crabbing facility should still remain slow-to-fair for people wanting to take home a Dungeness or red rock crab.

Meanwhile the Rogue River has finally got hit hard with Indian Creek Chinook returns.

"I'm kind of surprised, but we've got guys getting a fairly-reasonable amount of fish off the mouth of Indian Creek, and they're nice-class fish," says Jim Carey, owner of the Rogue Outdoor Store in Gold Beach.

"They're nice 20-pound, 30-pound fish."

Most anglers are trolling cut plug herring with or without a flasher.

Bank anglers just downriver from Indian Creek are also catching Chinook by throwing their favorite spoons and spinners (3/4- to 1-ounce lures).

Indian Creek is located approximately one-half mile upriver from the Highway

101 bridge (Patterson Bridge).

Tight lines!

Larry Ellis, author, writer, columnist and photographer has had a 50-year passion for fishing in California and Oregon's saltwater and freshwater venues. He is a well-known writer for Oregon, Washington and California Fishing and Hunting News, Northwest Sportsman, California Sportsman and Pacific Coast Sportfishing. He currently writes monthly for Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine, and is the weekly fishing columnist for "On the Water" for the Curry Coastal Pilot Newspaper. He particularly loves living in his hometown of Brookings, Oregon - The heart of salmon country and gateway to fishing paradise. Posted with permission of the Curry Coastal Pilot of Brookings, Oregon.

Fishing Reports

A Hot Summer’s Day on Chico Creek
A Hot Summer's Day on Chico Creek, Steven T. Callan
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
07/25/16 -- I’ve been exploring Northern California’s streams -- above and below the surface -- for most of my life. One of my most memorable adventures took place on a hot summer’s day in 1964, not long after my sixteenth...Full Story
Brownie’s Choice
Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story
Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek.
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers,
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story


Your outdoor adventures have only just begun
Northern California Fishing News, Northern California Hunting Reports

Fishing News

Northern California and Southern Oregon offer superb fresh and saltwater fishing. Before you make a trip, make sure you have
up-to-date news about where the fish are biting!

Hunting News

This region is also famous for its world-class hunting opportunities. Make sure you are armed with the absolute latest news by checking
the reports being filed daily at

Northern California Outdoor News, Northern California Outdoor Reports Outdoor News 

If you like to explore the great outdoors your choices are essentially infinite in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Use our news pages to plan your next outing!

Northern California Destination News, Northern California Destination Reports


So many places to visit and so little time, but if you scan
these pages you'll know in advance what lies ahead and what
not to miss in the almost-mythical State of Jefferson.
Buddy Photos

You are there! Towering mountains, vast valleys, unique shorelines. Land, water and air bursting with life. Opportunity presents itself. Llghting is right. Click! An image is captured for the ages.

Photo Galleries,

Photo Galleries

A preview of coming attractions...if you are planning a trip to this area be forewarned: What photographers have captured will whet your appetite for what will be an outdoor journey filled with wonders.  

Product & Services Directory

Don't let anything come between you and a wonderful weekend, vacation or or auto tour in this region. The fine product and services providers listed here will have what you need to enjoy your visit.  

Come back to for more Northern California and Southern Oregon fishing, hunting and outdoor news, reports, information, opinions and photos.


A friend to all who love the outdoors since 2006

Website Design Photo Credits: thanks the following individuals for contributing photographs for use on our Home and Section pages: Anders Tomlinson of, Casey Allen of Bayside, CA; Jason Haley of Medford, OR; Steve Breth of Burney, CA; Tracy McCormack of Eureka, CA; Grant Thompson of Grand Junction, CO; Richard Bott of Shingletown, CA; Ron Loftus of Yreka, CA; Scott Caldwell of Montague, CA; Lorissa Soriano of Alturas, CA and the late Dave Menke, formerly with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Website Design by Anders Tomlinson

©Copyright 2005-2015 by Frank Galusha, Editor and Publisher. Articles and photos are copyright protected and are published exclusively on the Internet by the publisher and may not be copied, displayed, reproduced or published in any other form without the express written permission of same who reserves all rights. Material supplied by others is the copyrighted property of the respective authors. Re-use of any MyOutdoorBuddy content, graphics and photos without written permission by the author(s) for any purpose is strictly prohibited.