All fall the Chetco has been producing huge kings. With the recent rains the river rose to an almost perfect level for drifting the river, and it also brought in a new batch of fish. Among that group was at least one fall king that would normally only be found in the Kenai River in Alaska.
|Guide Andy Martin holding the monster Chetco fall salmon|
This beast was caught saturday and taped out at 47 inches long with a 33 inch girth. That puts it at right around 65lbs, and easily the largest fish caught from the Chetco this fall. It was caught on a sardine wrapped Hawg Nose T55 FlatFish by guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing.
|An early winter steelhead joins the mix on the Chetco|
The Chetco will still be fishing good today, however it is forecast to rise over 17,000 cfs starting tomorrow. That means the fall king fishing will be past its prime, except for some late fish when the river starts to drop again. Winter steelhead fishing will be picking up however. Guides Todd Puett and Val Early teamed up to put their clients on plenty of fish yesterday, including 1 chrome winter run.