OREGON: Chetco Anglers are Scoring Sea-run Cutthroat Trout

With 57% remaining in the spring all-depth halibut quota following the June 2nd through 4th fishery, it’s very likely an additional opening will be available after the opener last week. June 23rd, 24th and 25th is the next scheduled opportunity off the central coast. Offshore salmon fishing has been fair.

Chinook catch rates are slow to fair on the lower Rogue and somewhat better on the middle stretch. The upper river has continued to produce steady catches of springers and remains the best bet for a hookup. Expect continued high water levels.

Try beaches where waves break near shore for surf perch. Clams, shrimp and even nightcrawlers will take them.

Winchester Bay is slow to fair for crabbing. Spring chinook are being caught in the mainstem and North Umpqua. Sunny days will be best for shad on the mainstem as the water level continues to drop.

Boats launching out of Brookings have caught lingcod and limits of large rockfish when ocean conditions cooperated. Fishing has been excellent. Chetco anglers are scoring good numbers of sea-run cutthroat trout. Only artificial lures are allowed above tidewater.

The catch rate per angler fell over the past weekend at Diamond Lake due to tremendous pressure with no license required. The coming weekend promises improvement.

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