Fall Chinook

No Rain & Low Water Made for a Tough Fall Cinook Season on the Elk & Sixes Rivers

No Rain & Low Water Made for a Tough Fall Cinook Season on the Elk & Sixes Rivers

A few very fortunate anglers were blessed with good timing this fall down on Elk-Sixes. While most anglers have been faced with tough drought-like conditions,this father and sons trio teamed up on memorable effort landing several chrome-bight beauties during their Elk River fishing adventure. Each individual played a key role in the effort. Jamie (dad) rowed the boat into the correct slot to find an aggressive and cooperative fish. Wyatt hooked and played the fish like a pro while his younger brother Dillon deftly handled the net.

Fall Chinook are now Staging in most Oregon Coastal Estuaries

Fall Chinook are now Staging in most Oregon Coastal Estuaries

FISHING REPORT:

Fish moved on up fairly quickly this past week on the Coos System, but a few are holding long enough in the Bay to grab an occasional bait. Silvers and Chinook are showing themselves on the lower Umpqua, especially just before high slack, but an aggressive & consistent bite has failed to develop. From Thursday through Sunday of last week, reports of improved Chinook fishing on the Siuslaw surfaced. The lower Coquille is now kicking out fish well upriver of Rocky Point and the crabbing near Bandon is reported as excellent.

Wishing Everyone a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR from Roaring Fork Guide Service

Wishing Everyone a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR from Roaring Fork Guide Service

Salmon fishing on Sixes River in southern Oregon closed today after a very memorable season. The Elk River, a close neighbor to Sixes remains open to the retention of some Chinook through March due to the hatchery component in the run. Already, most of the boats and bank fishermen on both these rivers are targeting winter steelhead. Steelhead season on Elk-Sixes is a very special season. Both rivers have solid runs of feisty chromers and they just don't get nearly the number of boats and fishermen as during salmon season. Side-drifting eggs, puffballs or yarn is the favorite method.

Farewell to a Great Salmon Season on Sixes River

Farewell to a Great Salmon Season on Sixes River

Last night marked a sad good bye to a fantastic salmon season on Sixes River near Port Orford, Oregon. 2010 actually was a great year for salmon on many systems in Oregon. After quite a number of sub-par years, we have come to really appreciate the special years like 2010. It really was like "the good old days" on Elk-Sixes. Only time will tell if 2010 was a single year anomaly caused by improved ocean productivity or if it marks the beginning of multi-year cycle tied to better management decisions.