Klamath River: Rating: Good. It is not uncommon to see 10 to 20 fish hooked per boat in a day, with the average fish weighing 15-plus pounds.
Reno residents Mark and Janean, clients of Jim Bansemer of Gold River Guides, sent me an e-mail stating they had an incredible fishing trip:
On our first outing we hooked two large Salmon within no time. I couldnt believe it, we just put in and bam! a double in the first few minutes.
After landing those two, we went back for another drift and had another hook-up. The action was awesome. The fish were in great shape and put up a good fight, probably because they really havent traveled that far from the ocean.
I can certainly verify that the Klamath has some great fishing and well definitely return. Thanks for the great trip Jim!
Salmon and steelheading are gathering in the deeper holes once again. Drifting roe continues to be the best method for hooking up kings, steelhead and catch and release silvers. From the Glen up river is where most of the action is. I expect the catching to continue through the first weeks of November.
Rogue River: Good. Brookings Guide Jim Day continues to hook his clients into non-stop action on the Rogue. In fact, it seems like every time Jim has fished clients on the Rogue they have been heading back to the boat ramp by 8:30 a.m. with limits.
One morning they ended up hooking 9 kings and 6 silvers, releasing non-clipped and anything over their limits.
Trolling is the best method, and spinners and spinner baits with blades the colors of chartreuse or gold seem to be the top producers.
Upriver the action is decent. Water levels are not what they should be and this makes the fishing very spotty. The fish seek the deeper holes and move early and later in the day. Sidedrifting is working for kings, silvers and steelhead.
The Chetco River: Low water. There are fish in the Chetco but the water level is to low for me and many other anglers to feel good about fishing for kings.
Saltwater Report: Rating: Good. Anglers should remember this is the time of year when the weather and seas can change in a moments notice.
Rock fishing turned on big time for a few days this week and fish were being caught close to shore. Limits of blacks and blue rock fish were taken by several boats in less than 30 feet of water to the South of the Brookings Harbor.
Most of these fish were taken on two-ounce casting spoons painted L.T. Green. Ling cod action was a bit slow this week with with most of them coming from the north in 60 plus feet of water with a rocky bottom.
Letter of the week: From John Beachum of Portland.
Dave, I have been reading a friends Pilot for more than two years. I read all of the talk about how the fishing is better than it use to be. Is this really true?
Hi John. I have been fishing this area since I was six. There is no way the fishing could even compare to that in the 1960s and 1970s.
When I hear anyone saying the fishing is better than it was, the only thing they could be doing is comparing it to the last several years.
Thanks for all the e-mails and letters. Keep them coming and remember: May your salmon waters be tinted green deep and pure, your presentations be perfect and, of course, let there be salmon!
Dave Pitts can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com