Ocean charter season begins in Brookings
During the fall and winter, the Wild Rivers Fishing crew runs guided drift boat trips on the Chetco, Smith, Elk and Sixes rivers for salmon and steelhead. As spring arrives, our crew shifts gears, putting the drift boats away and instead focuses on ocean charters out of the Port of Brookings. Our team of guides are also full-time charter boat captains for Brookings Fishing Charters.
Capt. Andy, Capt. Rye, Capt. Mick, Capt. Sam, Capt. Michael, Capt. Shane and Capt. Travis run charters boats for lingcod and rockfish during the spring. Stormy weather kept boats at the dock for much of January and February, but in mid-March, the ocean settled down and fishing has been good. Last week was the unofficial kickoff of the ocean season, with light winds and small swells.
The biggest lingcod so far is a 28-pounder caught last Sunday aboard the Nauti-Lady with Capt. Andy. Several other fish close to 20 pounds also have been caught.
Frequent Wild Rivers Fishing customers Bruce and Vince fished aboard the Nauti-Lady last week, and caught limits of nice lingcod. Bruce was the jackpot winner for the day as well. They caught lingcod and rockfish near House Rock, about 6 miles north of Brookings.
Lingcod and rockfish is open year round out of Brookings. Salmon season opens in June. Halibut season opens May 1. The Point St. George Reef Lighthouse, home to some of the best lingcod fishing on the Pacific Coast, opens May 15. Albacore tuna arrive in July.
Steelhead fishing is winding down on the Chetco and Smith. Capt. Mick and Sam are still running a few trips. The season closes March 31 on the Chetco, and April 30 on the Smith. With good flows, steelhead will continue to arrive through the end of the season. Spring salmon also are arriving now on the lower Rogue River.
To learn more about our ocean fishing charters, visit www.brookingsfishing.com, or call (541) 813-1082.