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Chetco River flows increase, river to open to chinook fishing Nov. 19
November 18, 2009


GOLD BEACH, Ore. – Expected higher water flows in the Chetco River has allowed the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to reopen chinook and steelhead fishing on the lower section of the river. The Department had extended the closure past Nov. 6 due to low water conditions.

With river flows forecast to exceed 2,500 cfs by Wednesday, Nov. 18, and flows expected to peak early on the morning of Nov. 21 above 8,000 cfs, Gold Beach District Fish Biologist Todd Confer reopened the fishery beginning Thursday, Nov. 19.

“The concern with over-harvesting the chinook that were holding in the upper tidewater and mainstem pools is gone now that the fish are able to spread out into spawning areas throughout the mainstem and tributaries,” Confer said. “Chinook angling remains closed from river mile 10.5 upstream.”

Following is angling information:  

  • Mainstem Chetco River and tributaries upstream of Highway 101 have re-opened for chinook and steelhead with the chinook bag limit as per the temporary emergency two-fish limit outlined below.
  • 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) remains 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.




Todd Confer (541) 247-7605


(541) 673-0372

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