Friends of RMCD president Tom Kelly hit the jackpot when they went fishing on the Chetco and found themselves striking it rich on opening dday.
Joe and his wife Marion are retired (yes we’re all jealous) and living happily on the Rouge River in Oregon. This year they started out Salmon season right with a couple of nice fish! These were caught on the Chetco River.
The Chetco River is in Oregon, and flows into the ocean south of the Rogue River. The Chetco flows in at Brookings OR. and the Rogue at Gold Beach OR – about 40 miles apart. This time of year you have to fish the lower parts of these rivers because above (like near Rogue River, which is about 175 miles of river to the coast) the salmon are about to spawn, and even if they allowed fishing that far inland, the journey is so hard on the fish that the meat is no good.