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Wild Rivers Fishing
Professional River Guide and Saltwater Capt. Andy Martin
Brookings, Oregon / Gustavus, Alaska
(206) 388-8988 or (541) 813-1082
P.O. Box 1646, Brookings, OR 97415
wildriversfishing@yahoo.com              wildriversfishing.com
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All photos are the property of Andy Martin and Wild Rivers Fishing and cannot be used for any purpose without expressed written permission. Wild Rivers Fishing is a registered business name and DBA with the Oregon Secretary of State.
(541) 813-1082 or (206) 388-8988
Chetco, Smith, Rogue, Umpqua, Elk, Sixes,
Coos and Coquille Rivers at their Best!
Limits, Jan. 3, Chetco River
19-pound Chetco steelhead, Jan. 1
Jan. 1 limits Chetco River steelhead.
Chetco River steelhead Dec. 26,
Chetco steelhead, Dec. 27.
Wild Chetco steelhead, released Dec. 27,
Dec. 27 hatchery steelhead Chetco.
Fish on! Chetco Dec. 28.
Nice hatchery steelhead, Chetco, Dec. 28.
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Jan. 4, 2015
Steelhead fishing is now in full swing on the Chetco and Smith rivers. After a slower-than-expected December, fishing busted wide open New Year's Day on the Chetco, with many guides catching limits. There are currently very good numbers of hatchery fish in the Chetco, and some really nice size wild fish. Last week, one of my customers, Dave from Modesto, caught a 36-inch fish we estimated to weight 19 pounds. The photo is the second one in the gallery to the left.
All of the photos in the new gallery to the left were taken the past week.
The Smith has been fishing slower than the Chetco, but today (Jan. 4) a large number of fish passed the sonar site just above the Bailey Hole. Several hundred steelhead moved into the lower Smith during the weekend.
On the Chetco, we've been side-drifting roe for most of our fish, but also are catching a few fish on plugs. One of the guides working for me, Travis Sallander, got a customer into a 20-pound steelhead on Saturday on a 3.5 MagLip plug.
This is just the beginning of steelhead season, and we should have good fishing through March. While we primarily fish the Chetco and Smith, we also spend time on the Elk, Sixes and Umpqua, depending on what is fishing best.
The lower Rogue River also is fishing well and is an option. We also will begin winter lingcod and rockfish trips soon.
With the new format for our fishing reports, look for updated reports more often, along with a recap of the stellar king salmon season we just finished. Also please check out our new Brookings ocean fishing web site, www.brookingsfishing.com.
To book a trip, call (541) 813-1082 or my cell, (206) 388-8988.
- Andy Martin, Wild Rivers Fishing.
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Feb. 3, 2015
What has turned out to be another solid steelhead run on the Chetco and other Southern Oregon rivers has been interrupted by what may turn out to be the biggest storm of the season. The river blew out yesterday. Much more rain is coming this weekend and it may be several days before we are able to get back onto the water. Before this rain, the Chetco was low and clear, which sent most of the out-of-town guides back home. We enjoyed a couple weeks of good fishing, as pressure was light. In fact, we had a few double hookups, and on the better days we were hooking six to eight steelhead. We also were able to do steelhead and lingcod combo trips a few days, and enjoyed good fishing on the ocean. For the steelhead, we have been getting most of the fish side-drifting roe, but also have caught numerous fish on plugs, specifically the new MagLip 3.0 from Yakima Bait Co.
We still have two more months of steelhead fishing on the Chetco, Smith, Elk, Sixes and lower Rogue Rivers. I will be spending much of February and March on the Chetco, but also will be doing some winter rockfish and lingcod trips, especially in March as the lingcod spawn nears its peak. I have some openings for ocean charters in March.
In April we will be turning our attention to spring king salmon on the Rogue River. These are the hardest fighting and best tasting salmon of the entire year. We fish for these from my jet boat, anchoring in the fish travel lanes and running spinners or anchovies. There are still some open dates in April if you want to catch one of these prized spring salmon, known as "springers."
Travis and Rye, two guides who run trips for me, also have some open dates for steelhead in February and March, so there is still time to book a steelhead trip if you haven't done so already.
One of the photos on the left shows one of my customers putting a steelhead in the hatchery collection pen on the Chetco. This year the hatchery program depends 100 percent on donated adult steelhead to be taken to the hatchery to be spawned. My customers have donated several fish this season.
I will have a booth at the Medford sports show Feb. 19-21 at the fairgrounds in Central Point and will be giving a few seminars on ocean salmon fishing. The show will be a good time to learn more about our summer ocean charters for salmon, lingcod and rockfish.
To book a trip, call (541) 813-1082 or my cell, (206) 388-8988.
- Andy Martin, Wild Rivers Fishing.
Oct. 15, 2015
Be sure to check out www.brookingsfishing.com for more information on our ocean charters out of the Port of Brookings.

Ocean salmon, lingcod and rockfish recap:

The 2015 ocean charter season out of the Port of Brookings was nothing short of outstanding. We had the best lingcod fishing in year, and the grade of rockfish was really good as well. This was the first year in a decade we have been allowed to keep canary rockfish. The lingcod fishing was strong all summer, and we are looking for a repeat in 2016.

Salmon fishing, meanwhile, was slow all summer in the ocean off the Southern Oregon and Northern California coast. Warm water out of Brookings kept the salmon well offshore and in deep water. The only good salmon fishing we experienced was during the October ocean season at the mouth of the Chetco. It was slower than most year, but we still found quality fish on most of our trips, and did better than any of the other charters, which struggled to consistently find fish.

Rockfish and lingcod was the bright spot all summer, and with plentiful bait and clam oceans, we enjoyed limits on nearly every trip. The crabbing was very good as well.
For rockfish, we use light Penn spinning rods and reels with 14-pound-test braided line. This makes catching these fish even more fun, as they are hard fighters when caught in shallow water. Typically we fish in 40 to 80 feet of water with 2-ounce flutter jigs and shrimp flies or tiny grubs. Although we are targeting the larger black rockfish, also known as sea bass, black snapper, rock cod or kelp bass, we also catch blue rockfish, canary rockfish, kelp greenling and vermillion rockfish.

The lingcod come into shallow water in late winter and early spring to spawn. They remain in the shallow water, usually around 50 to 60 feet, well into the summer, guarding the nests. This makes them easier to target with light tackle. We use either large herring or sardines, or live bait, including small rockfish, to catch the lingcod. Most days limits are common.

For salmon, we troll whole anchovies or plug-cut herring, with either electric downriggers, or spreaders and lead.

We will begin the 2016 ocean seasons in January. Remember, lingcod and rockfish is open year round in Oregon. We can keep two lingcod a day and seven rockfish a day. The daily crab limit is 12. We offer light tackle ocean trips.

For more information on the ocean fishing, please visit www.brookingsfishing.com. Call my cell (206) 388-8988 or home (541) 813-1082 to book an ocean charter for the upcoming 2016 season.
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