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  • Chetco River opens to chinook angling Saturday

    But local trout lakes close Sunday
  • The Chetco River will swell with chinook salmon anglers Saturday, because recent rains have allowed state fish managers to open the popular stream a week earlier than expected.
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  • The Chetco River will swell with chinook salmon anglers Saturday, because recent rains have allowed state fish managers to open the popular stream a week earlier than expected.
    The Chetco, near Brookings, was set to remain closed until Nov. 6 to keep anglers from over-fishing chinook often trapped in upper tidewater holes during October until fall rains swell the river and allow chinook to swim upstream.
    Those rains materialized last week. The Chetco swelled to more than 7,000 cubic feet per second Sunday, and flows are expected to remain above 2,500 cfs through today.
    Those high flows have given fall chinook plenty of opportunity to move upstream and spread themselves throughout the basin, says Todd Confer, fish biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Gold Beach District.
    That distribution has abated any concern about anglers catching too many chinook in tidewater, Confer says.
    Until Saturday, the lower 2.2 miles of the Chetco are open to chinook and steelhead fishing.
    The Chetco's bag limit is two salmon or steelhead per day.
    The Winchuck River near the Oregon/California border remains closed to all angling until Nov. 6.
    For more detailed information on coastal fall chinook fisheries, check the ODFW website at www.dfw.state.or.us and click on "Fishing Resources."
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