Chetco River Fishing

Fishing On the Chetco River

This Chetco River description is courtesy of Chetco River fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

Just a short 20 mile drive North of the Smith River in Northern California, you will experience Southern Oregon’s famed Chetco River, home to incredible huge king salmon fishing in the Fall and one of the top hatchery and wild steelhead runs in the West. Southern Oregon is home to a couple of notable Oregon State fishing records like the 83 pound king salmon record on the Umpqua River and the 28 pound rainbow trout record on the Rogue River. When talking big fish Oregon is well known for this with a whopping 38 plus pound steelhead record on the Columbia River. The Chetco River in Southern Oregon is well known for it’s big fish as well. One the West coasts biggest wild steelhead runs, so good that it is one of the only rivers left where anglers can retain a wild steelhead still. The Chetco River is also known for its big Fall salmon with several 50 plus pound kings hitting the scales every season. Big steelhead call the Chetco River home as well with 20 plus pound steelhead being landed every year.

The upper Chetco river runs through the wild and scenic Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest with very limited commercial fishing access and very little fishing pressure. Chetco River salmon and steelhead fishing guide Dave Jacobs holds one of these limited commercial access permits and offers his clients steelhead fishing trips through this very quiet stretch of river. This is a non-motorized, drift boat only section of the Chetco River that you and your guests will experience and enjoy while out with Southern Oregon fishing guide Dave Jacobs. Guide Dave Jacobs is licensed to operate in the Rogue/Siskiyou National Forest on the upper Chetco River in Oregon, licensed to operate in the Six Rivers National Forest on The Smith River, Klamath River, Trinity River and South Fork Trinity River. California and Oregon fishing guide Dave Jacobs is a Equal opportunity provider.