October Salmon Options

This year has zoomed by, and today marks the first day of October. You’d never guess it with the 90 degree weather here in Southern Oregon, but I don’t think the calendar is lying. The day also marks the end of fall salmon fishing on the Rogue above Hog Creek Boat Ramp, but the beginning of some great salmon fishing on two other systems.

Chetco Bubble Fishery – Starting today anglers are allowed to venture out past the jetty tips in Brookings in search of the fall salmon returning to the Chetco River. This is probably the best fishery in the lower 48 for true trophy kings. Fishing is often on the slower side, but the grade of fish makes up for it. Reports from the opener today have been about a dozen fish for 75 boats. Most boats are trolling whole anchovies or herring just outside the mouth.

The terminal fishery also has special regulations in affect. Anglers are only allowed 1 chinook daily and 5 a year. The season runs until Oct. 14th.

Andy Martin Chetco King
If you’re looking for a 50+lb king the Chetco is THE river. Guide Andy Martin caught this beast last year while trolling the estuary just after the bubble season.

Upper Klamath River – The section of the Klamath River just below Iron Gate Dam is in full swing for fall kings. This fishery is the complete opposite of the Chetco. If you want pure numbers, and don’t care about the quality of fish, then this is the one for you. Guides have already been catching 20+ fish a day, and things should only get better over the next couple of weeks. Roe, tuna balls, KwikFish, and spinners all work as the fish are extremely aggressive.

Anglers must have a California fishing license and salmon tag. The daily limit is 4 fish.

Scott Caldwell Klamath River Salmon
Limits are the norm on the Klamath this year. Photo by guide Scott Caldwell

If you’ve never fished the Klamath, and are looking for where to go, here’s a nice map thanks to ImHooked.com (the Klamath has a lot of private property, and most holes shown are only accessible by boat.)


View Klamath River in a larger map
Tight Lines…..

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