Salmon

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.

Fall-Winter Kings begin to give way to Winter Steelhead on oregon's Southwest Coast

Fall-Winter Kings begin to give way to Winter Steelhead on oregon's Southwest Coast

There are still just a few nice Chinook coming in on each freshet, but beautiful feisty Winter Steelhead are increasingly making their presence known with each passing day.

A Few Late-Arriving Straggler Kings Keeping Things Interesting on Elk-Sixes

A Few Late-Arriving Straggler Kings Keeping Things Interesting on Elk-Sixes

A nice 35lb Chromer Buck is indeed something to shake a stick at! And shake her stick it did. She hung on tight though and finally won the battle.

13 year old Fishermen Lands a 51 lb Monster Salmon

Giant Elk River Salmon Comes to the Net

On Decenber 5,2010 Johnathan Rohrbacker of Malin Oregon caught this massive 51 pound Chinook Salmon while fishing the famed little Elk River located on Oregon's southwest coast. Apparently there was a heart-stopping moment during the battle when the fish wrapped the line up in some submerged wood. The rod was finessed around and under the structure and the fish eventually landed.

Photo shot at the Battle Rock Motel in Port Orford where Johnathan's group was lodged.