There's nothing like leaning back hard into your fishing rod
and putting some serious pressure on a sizeable king salmon.
These incredible fish hit the scales starting off at about three
pounds with the distinct possibility of mature adults pushing
the fifty pound mark! Fish on!
I fish a wide variety of rivers
in hot pursuit of trophy king salmon. Despite the name, the
fall run actually kicks off as early as July on rivers such
as the Rogue, Coquille and Umpqua. These early fall migrators
congregate in the estuarian tidewater reaches of the lower rivers.
The preferred method of fishing for these chrome sided behemoths
is to slow troll anchovies and spinner blades across tidal flats
and deep spots along the river bed. Generally speaking, you
can expect tidewater kings to be fresh, shiny and in excellent
Freestone Fall salmon
This is a popular fishery for a good reason. Catching large
salmon is absolutely fun! Freestone salmon fishing begins when
late fall rains have raised and swollen the coastal rivers,
bringing the salmon migration into full swing. You can actually
see the large fish jumping and rolling as they pack into pools!
When everything is just right and river conditions are in accordance,
one can expect to get into some serious action on salmon averaging
fifteen to twenty five pounds. This is truly an exciting fishery...
where large fish will definitely test your nerves, as well as
The best thing about coming to
Brookings for your fishing adventures is that we are located
right in the epicenter of salmon and steelhead country. Fantastic
salmon fishing can be experienced on an assortment of rivers
which fall within an hour's drive. With famous rivers such as
the Chetco, Smith, Sixes, Elk and Pistol to choose from, I will
make certain to target the 'hottest' one for our fishing effort.
Basically, Freestone fall salmon
are available in the coastal rivers from October through December
and even into mid January on the Elk and Sixes river, just north
of Port Orford.
Winter salmon and steelhead
From the onset of December
through mid January there is an EXCEPTIONAL combination fishery
available for large, late season kings with the additional bonus
of winter steelhead thrown in for good measure! I consider this
to be one of the premier fisheries on the Oregon coast, so,
make sure to get your bookings in early for this one! Surprisingly
enough, watersheds like Oregon's Chetco and California's Smith
Rivers are very uncrowded during this particular time. You can
expect the fishing is absolutely dynamite! For those of you
who like to fish in uncrowded conditions with plenty of 'elbow
room' this is the 'sleeper' fishery of choice.