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Chetco River closures extended
November 4, 2009


GOLD BEACH, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is extending the current angling closure on the Chetco River upstream of Highway 101 until further notice. The season was expected to re-open November 7 but will remain closed to protect spawning fall chinook.

According to Gold Beach District Fish Biologist Todd Confer, large numbers of fall chinook are concentrated in the upper tidewater area, making them vulnerable to over-harvest.

“A lot of fish are holding right now because the river is low and combined with the expected poor return this year we need to keep the Chetco upstream of Highway 101 closed until the fish are able to migrate into spawning tributaries,” Confer said.

Following is closure information:  

  • Mainstem Chetco and tributaries upstream of Highway 101 are closed to all angling until further notice.
  • Downstream of the Hwy. 101 bridge is open for chinook and steelhead. The bag limit on unmarked chinook is one per day and two per season (Aug. 1 – Dec. 31) total in combination with other streams that have a two-fish season limit. These streams include the Siletz, Yaquina, Yachats, Alsea, Floras, Sixes, Hunter and Pistol.
  • The Chetco River upstream of the U.S. Forest Service bridge at river mile 10.5 (Icebox) will remain closed to chinook angling through Dec. 31.
  • As a reminder, the Winchuck remains closed to chinook angling through Dec. 31.  

Detailed information on the coastal fall chinook fishery is on the ODFW website at, click on Fishing Resources.

The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The agency consists of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit




Todd Confer (541) 247-7605
Fax: (541) 673-0372



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