Compiled by M.R.S. member Bill Rice and additional reports courtesy of Bill Karr, Editor, Northern California/Oregon Western Outdoor News.
CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore. — Salmon fishing was good at times last week as feeder kings moved in from the ocean to gorge on anchovies in the harbor. More than two dozen fish were caught a couple of days last week. A few California halibut also were caught. Fishing for cutthroat trout is slow upriver.
California’s North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFG’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa.
RUSSIAN RIVER — Summer conditions are now in effect here, with the summer dams in, smallmouth bass action improving and the shad winding down. Summer water sports are the main draw here now, so anglers need to fish early and late in the day.
KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook — Flows at Iron Gate Dam remains near 1,100 cfs, perfect for trout and steehead fishing. The salmon fly hatch is winding down, so anglers are now using caddis patterns. Trout will also hit small plugs and worms fished behind divers.
KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp — Flows at Seiad Valley were 2,030 cfs on Sunday, down from 2,550 cfs a week ago. Flows near Orleans were 4,230 cfs, down from 5,660 cfs. The river is in good shape for trout and steelhead fishing.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen — Flows are down to 8,500 cfs at Terwer. Once flows hit 5,000 cfs, usually in mid-July, salmon fishing improves in the estuary, while side-drifting for springers and summer steelhead also gets better. Springer fishing was slow last week after a few weeks of steady fishing. The Klamath is open to spring king salmon through Aug. 14.
TRINITY RIVER — Flows Sunday at Lewiston were 1,850 cfs, down from 2,080 cfs a week ago. Flows at Junction City were 2,210 cfs, down from 2,500 cfs. Flows at Hoopa on Sunday were 3,090 cfs. Springers are being caught early in the morning at Grays Falls and Burnt Ranch Falls. Fishing is still slow near Junction City and Lewsiton. The Trinity is open to salmon fishing through Aug. 31.
Middle Rogue Steelheaders member guides:
Adam Boatsman, 541-890-6546
Brandon McGraw, 541-251-0083
Charlie Brown, 541-326-9486
Dale Harper, 541-228-4463
Daniel Schrock, 541-476-6407
Geoff Baldwin, 541-474-0602
Harold Hanson, 541-761-4115
Jesse Blair. 541-660-9657
Jon Geyer, 541-292-6850
Marques Freeman, 541-660-2283
Matt Judkins, 541-6621-8851
Mike Walker, 541-955-0398
Rob Yuen, 541-479-2296
Springer’s Guide Service, 541-430-1565
Steve Dean, 541-862-2771
Troy Whitaker’s Guide Service, 541-761-0015