Oregon Saltwater Fishing Report

Salmon hungry off of southern Oregon

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff Writer Published: Jul 22, 2013

BROOKINGS/GOLD BEACH, Ore. — Inclement weather kept people off the ocean in southern Oregon for most of the week, but mornings were generally doable for Brookings boaters. Only one day of salmon fishing was possible out of Gold Beach.

Brookings, Ore., is still hot in the mornings for Chinook. Many of the sport anglers are putting their boats back on their trailers by 8 a.m. with limits of salmon. The winds have been coming up in late morning to noon on most days.

WON Field Reporter Curtis Palmer of River Secrets Guide Service said, “These salty kings are in some of the best shape and size I have seen. Several of the salmon are measuring 37 to 41 inches. I have heard on the radio of a few coho being caught, but most of the action at this time is king salmon. “

Gold Beach, Ore., had produced Chinook in the ocean only one day this past week. The ocean has been much too rough for anglers to cross the bar on most days, but there are definitely plenty of Chinooks out in front of the Rogue River to make most people ecstatic, but getting the ocean to calm down is only one of the obstacles that stand between anglers and the fish.

The bar is shallow this year and the U.S. Coast Guard has been closing the bar to crossing at low tide on several days. Always check for conditions before heading out to sea.

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