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Salmon seasons open on Oregon Coast, and forecasts look good

There will be plenty of opportunities to catch salmon this year on the Oregon Coast, both in the ocean and the bays and rivers, and forecasts show strong runs of kings are expected back to Chetco and Rogue rivers, while the ocean coho salmon prediction is well above average.

Anglers hold limits of hatchery coho salmon from the ocean out of Brookings from last season.

State regulators in California made the decision to shut down salmon fishing in the ocean, as well as Sacramento, Klamath, Trinity, Smith and other rivers. Drought conditions four years ago impacted salmon runs on the Sacramento and Klamath rivers. Oregon rivers, however, are open as normal, while ocean anglers will be allowed to fish for hatchery coho salmon. Huge numbers of coho salmon produced by state and tribal hatcheries on the Columbia River are expected to fuel a summer-long ocean salmon season in Oregon.

A double hookup of coho last summer on the Kraken out of Brookings. Deckhand Eric on the net.

The ocean salmon season opens June 17 out of Brookings. Since the bulk of the king salmon caught in the ocean on the Southern Oregon Coast during the summer originate from the Sacramento and Klamath rivers (those salmon spend the ocean portion of their lives feeding off of Oregon and Northern California instead of migrating to Alaska), no kings can be kept on the Oregon Coast this summer. But biologists predict an ocean abundance of coho salmon from the Columbia River and Oregon Coast streams to be more than 1 million fish. That has led to a 110,000-fish quota this summer from Brookings to Tillamook. Anglers can keep two hatchery coho salmon a day June 17-Aug. 31. During the early part of the season, Brookings often has the best catch rates on the Oregon Coast, as the Columbia River coho salmon journey south into California as juveniles, then make their way back up the coast as they migrate back to their home rivers after two years in the ocean. Peak season for ocean coho is the second half of June and first half of July.

Coho salmon offer fast and furious action, and are great from anglers of all age and experience levels.

Wild Rivers Fishing and Brookings Fishing Charters offers salmon trips daily, weather permitting. Each of the Wild Rivers Fishing guides – Andy Martin, Rye Phillips, Travis Sallander, Mick Thomas and Sam Stover – are also charter boat captains and run charter boats out of Brookings during the summer months.

Coho are caught trolling anchovies or herring, or spinners behind flashers. Each summer, the Brookings Fishing Charters captains enjoy the highest catch rates of any ocean charter company in Brookings for salmon, as each of the captains are longtime salmon fishing guides. Action is often fast and furious, with multiple hookups, and fish-after-fish action during a hot bite.

Salmon on the Rogue Bay are big and bright. These kings were caught with Capt. Andy during a previous season.

The Rogue Bay is expecting another strong salmon return. The spring salmon season was the best in recent memory in 2023, with limits throughout the season. Bay fishing begins in June and continues into October. Anglers troll anchovies along the jetties in Gold Beach, up to the Highway 101 bridge over the Rogue. July and August are peak season on the Rogue Bay. Two wild kings a day may be kept, along with five jack salmon. Coho arrive in the bay in September and October.

Capt. Andy holds a 58-pound salmon caught in the Chetco River estuary in 2009. It is one of the biggest kings ever caught in the Chetco estuary.

The Chetco River has some of the largest king salmon on the entire West Coast, and last year’s run was above average. Fishing is expected to be as good, or better, this year. Wild Rivers Fishing begins the season in September, trolling along the jetties. As salmon move upriver, guides begin targeting the kings using roe and sand shrimp fished below bobbers. Back-bouncing roe and running MagLip plugs is the preferred technique as rains increase river flows in October and November. Anglers are allowed to keep two adult salmon a day on the Chetco, one of which may be wild.

The modern-day Chetco River record king, a 65-pounder caught with Capt. Andy on a HawgNose FlatFish.

The Elk and Sixes rivers near Port Orford, Oregon, also have strong salmon runs. These rivers fish best in late October and early November. Big numbers of hatchery salmon return to the Elk River, home of Elk River Hatchery, while the Sixes has larger wild kings. Catch rates are often highest after the first big rains of fall, but fishing continues well into November on both of these rivers.

A 48-pound king from the Chetco River with Capt. Andy.
Limits of Elk River kings from last season with Capt. Andy.

Just a few of the salmon from last season on the Chetco River with Wild Rivers Fishing.

To book an ocean salmon trip, visit More information about river trips can be found at To book, call (541) 813-1082.

Our Signature Trips

•   Chetco River   •

The Chetco is one of Oregon’s premier salmon and steelhead rivers, and our most popular fishery. It produces more kings over 50 pounds.

•   Smith River   •

The Smith River is known for its large run of giant king salmon, as well as numerous steelhead of over 20 pounds.

•   Rogue River   •

The Rogue River is one of the few rivers in the world that has salmon and steelhead fishing twelve months a year!

•   Coquille Bay   •

The Coquille and Coos Bays have most prolific early fall salmon fishing on Oregon Coast!

•   Elk and Sixes   •

For sheer numbers of king salmon, the Elk River is hard to beat. The Elk and Sixes both have late fall runs, peaking in December.

•   Brookings Ocean Charters   •

Capt. Andy Martin spent 10 years guiding in Alaska but now guides and runs charter boats year round in Brookings, Oregon.

Call Captain Andy Martin   •   541.813.1082 / 206.388.8988 Wild Rivers Fishing, P.O. Box 1646, Brookings, OR 97415