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Brookings, Ore.: Salmon fishing improves

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jul 10, 2019

BROOKINGS, Ore. — Salmon fishing has picked up out of the Port of Brookings, where a mix of king salmon and hatchery coho are resulting in a fish per rod or better for the charter boats.

“The size of the kings has increased, so a lot of the shakers we had to let go are now keeper size,” said Capt. Andy Martin of Brookings Fishing Charters. “There also are more coho salmon around. We are getting around a keeper per rod, and several shakers per rod right now.”

FAR NORTH CATCH — Logan and Noelle Taylor of Medford, Ore., and Cody and Susan Anderson of Nevada hold some of the rockfish and a salmon they caught May 27 aboard the Miss Brooke of Brookings Fishing Charters in Brookings, Oregon.

Most of the salmon remain 5 to 8 miles offshore, although some fish have moved into shallow water. “We are running out to around 300 feet of water and finding good schools of salmon,” Martin said. “The water temperature is 50 to 51 degrees out there. Near the harbor, it is in the upper 50s. There are lots of birds and plenty of bait offshore, and the salmon seem to be holding out there.”

Some salmon, however, have moved close to shore, especially in the Twin Rocks and House Rock area. “We caught a few salmon while fishing for rockfish last week, so on Saturday I decided to troll closer in, around 120 feet of water,” Martin said. “We landed a couple hatchery coho and released several wild ones in close. If someone put in several hours close to shore, I bet they would be able to get several keepers.” The keeper-size kings are running 24 to 26 inches, with several fish over 30 inches. A few fish topping 20 pounds were brought in last week.

Fishing has been very good for rockfish, and fair for lingcod, Martin said. Crabbing is slow, while a few Pacific halibut are also being caught.

Fishing for surfperch remains good at Crissey Field, as well as the mouth of the Rogue River. Sand crabs are working best, along with Berkley Gulp! sandworms.

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