Oregon Freshwater

Brookings: Salmon anglers find shakers, silvers

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jun 12, 2019

BROOKINGS, Ore. — Salmon anglers fishing out of the Port of Brookings enjoyed plenty of action when they could get offshore last week, but very few of the fish were legal to keep.

"We found some giant schools of salmon, but they all seem to be shaker kings and silvers," said Capt. Andy Martin of Brookings Fishing Charters. "There is a lot of bait and a lot of salmon in 40 to 50 fathoms, but they are small. It looks like the bigger fish are still a little south of us."


limitsof1bLIMITS OF ROCKCOD and a couple of nice lingcod were caught by Bob and Kathy O’Conner from Modesto out of Brookings, Oregon, while using P-line Laser Minnows and rockcod jigs fished in 50 feet of water while fishing with guide Steve Huber.

Salmon fishing has been nearly wide open out of Eureka the past week, with a good grade of fish. Martin said Brookings is always two to three weeks behind in Eureka in the timing of the ocean king runs.

Big numbers of coho salmon, meanwhile, have Brookings anglers excited about the June 22 opener. Oregon anglers can keep hatchery coho beginning June 22. "A lot of the silvers we released are hatchery fish, and they are fairly good-size fish as well," Martin said. "We had double and triple hookups last week. It's tough when you have to release 20 or more fish, but in a week or two these fish will be keepers."

Rough weather kept boaters close to shore over the weekend, where they targeted bottom fish and lingcod. Fishing for rockfish is good, Martin said, with some lings mixed in.

Calmer weather is expected this week, which will give anglers a change to get offshore for salmon again.

Sport crabbing has been good out of Brookings, with four to eight keepers per pot.

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