Fishing Reports

Winter lingcod fishing yields trophies

BROOKINGS, Ore. (Jan. 14, 2023) – During the winter months, between storms, charter boats are able to venture out of the Port of Brookings for some of the best lingcod fishing of the entire year. From November through April, lingcod move into shallow water to spawn. The trophy-size females, which retreat to deep water during … Continue reading “Winter lingcod fishing yields trophies”

Lingcod biting between storms

(BROOKINGS, Ore. – Dec. 23, 2022) — Rough weather has kept charter boats at the docks for most of November and December, but between storm, fishing has been very good for lingcod and rockfish off the coast of Brookings and at the Point St. George Reef Lighthouse. The Brookings Fishing Charters crew has been running … Continue reading “Lingcod biting between storms”

Tuna arrive off of Brookings

(BROOKINGS, Ore. – Aug. 15, 2022) – Albacore tuna moved within 40 miles of the coast of Brookings in late July and early August, giving charter boats an opportunity to make the long run offshore and target the prized gamefish. The Brookings Fishing Charters fleet ran several tuna charters in early August, returning with coolers … Continue reading “Tuna arrive off of Brookings”

Huge lingcod, lots of salmon highlight July 4 off of Brookings

(BROOKINGS, Ore. – July 5, 2022) – There were plenty of fireworks off the coast of Brookings during the July 4 weekend, including some phenomenal catches for the Brookings Fishing Charters crew. Fishing for silver salmon was wide open at times, with our six-pack charter boats hooking 30 or more silvers a trip, and bringing … Continue reading “Huge lingcod, lots of salmon highlight July 4 off of Brookings”

Salmon season heats up off of Brookings

BROOKINGS, Ore. (June 30, 2022) – After a fairly slow start to the ocean salmon season offshore from Brookings, the action heated up the second week of the season, with good catches of coho and kings. The Brookings Fishing Charters boats have been the top-producers among the sport fleet, bringing in limits or near-limits of … Continue reading “Salmon season heats up off of Brookings”

Lighthouse trips yield nice lings and rockfish, occasional halibut

BROOKINGS, Ore. (May 29, 2022) – Long-range trips to the Point St. George Reef Lighthouse are producing limits of nice lingcod and rockfish, while fishing charters on our local half-day trips also are yielding nice rockfish with lingcod mixed in. So far this season, trips to the lighthouse, located halfway between Brookings and Crescent City, … Continue reading “Lighthouse trips yield nice lings and rockfish, occasional halibut”

Big lingcod biting off Brookings

BROOKINGS, Ore. (May 4,2022) – Some of the biggest lingcod of the season have been caught in recent trips aboard the Brookings Fishing Charters boats, including a trophy ling weighing 28.8 pounds hauled in at Mack Arch aboard the Miss Brooke. Fishing also has opened for the season at the Point St. George Reef Lighthouse, … Continue reading “Big lingcod biting off Brookings”

Lingcod action good in Brookings

BROOKINGS, Ore. (April 22, 2022) – Charter boats fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor on the Southern Oregon Coast are continuing to enjoy solid action for lingcod and rockfish, with limits of both on calm weather days. A winter-like storm sidelined the fleet this past week, but conditions have improved for the weekend. … Continue reading “Lingcod action good in Brookings”

Ocean salmon seasons approved!

The ocean salmon season out of Brookings will run June 18-Aug. 21, with coho-only the first week, and king salmon opening June 25. The season is similar to last year’s ocean salmon fishery out of the Port of Brookings-Harbor. The season opens during the period when catches historically are at their peak, as king salmon … Continue reading “Ocean salmon seasons approved!”

Halibut, lighthouse seasons May 1!

Two of the most anticipated seasons of the year for the Brookings Fishing Charters fleet open May 1, when charter boats can begin fishing for Pacific halibut out of Brookings, and also start running trips to the highly productive Point St. George Reef and lighthouse. Brookings Fishing Charters operates both trips aboard its fast, comfortable … Continue reading “Halibut, lighthouse seasons May 1!”

Spring weather results in awesome fishing off of Brookings

Lingcod have moved into shallow water, rockfish are actively feeding and for the most part fishing has been outstanding in recent weeks out of the Port of Brookings Harbor. The charter boat fleet from Brookings Fishing Charters has been enjoying limits of rockfish and limits or near limits of lingcod on most trips. Simply put, … Continue reading “Spring weather results in awesome fishing off of Brookings”

Lingcod action heats up

Lingcod fishing has busted wide open out of Brookings, with limits or near limits during calm weather days. Limits of rockfish also are being caught. With nice weather to begin the month of March, the Brookings Fishing Charters fleet was able to run trips several days, getting limits of rockfish on each trip, and nice … Continue reading “Lingcod action heats up”

Winter lingcod, rockfish action good when weather cooperates

Unseasonably nice weather, with calm winds and small swells, has allowed charter boats to venture out of the Port of Brookings Harbor throughout February, resulting in great catches of rockfish and lingcod. On nice weather days, limits of rockfish, and limits or near limits of lingcod are being caught. The Brookings Fishing Charters fleet ran … Continue reading “Winter lingcod, rockfish action good when weather cooperates”

2022 charter season off to great start

Unusually calm weather has allowed the Brookings Fishing Charters to run numerous ocean charters in January and February. So far this year, fishing has been great for lingcod and rockfish. Big schools of rockfish are being found in the close-in reefs near the harbor, and to the north from Chetco Point to Bird Island, Twin … Continue reading “2022 charter season off to great start”

Kraken joins Brookings Fishing Charters

The super-fast, heavy-duty Kraken, a 27-foot six-pack offshore boat built by Armstrong Marine, is the latest addition to the Brookings Fishing Charters fleet. The Kaken began running trips out of Brookings this month, and joins the Miss Brooke, Nauti-Lady, Papa B, Dash and Bout Time as a premier Oregon Coast charter boat. Capt. Andy Martin … Continue reading “Kraken joins Brookings Fishing Charters”

Halibut, Salmon and Lingcod: Brookings Trek Turns Up Trifecta

BY RICH HOLLAND/Western Outdoor News. BROOKINGS, Ore. – Fires raged both sides of the border, the delta variant was on the move and the wind was blowing a gale along the southern Oregon coast, yet nothing was going stop a group of four anglers from a week of fishing planned six months earlier. The plan? To … Continue reading “Halibut, Salmon and Lingcod: Brookings Trek Turns Up Trifecta”

Steelhead biting on coastal rivers

While rough ocean conditions are keeping our charter boats at the dock, the frequent storms also have increased flows in the Chetco and Smith rivers, creating prime conditions for winter steelhead fishing. The Brookings Fishing Charters team of guides are all licensed river guides, and run drift boat trips for salmon and steelhead when they … Continue reading “Steelhead biting on coastal rivers”

Big lings, rockfish caught during lighthouse fishing charters

Our trips to the Point St. George Reef Lighthouse, located offshore between Brookings and Crescent City, have been a huge hit with our customers. During recent trips this fall, in between storms, we have been catching limits of nice rockfish, and a very nice grade of lingcod. Anglers often see a wide variety of rockfish … Continue reading “Big lings, rockfish caught during lighthouse fishing charters”

Nauti-Lady customers catching big lings

The Nauti-Lady, the 42-foot party boat usually used for half-day bottom fishing trips for Brookings Fishing Charters, has been getting customers into nice lingcod as of late. In between winter storms, the Nauti-Lady has been venturing offshore for lingcod and rockfish, with an occasional trip to the Point St. George Reef Lighthouse. Just before Thanksgiving, … Continue reading “Nauti-Lady customers catching big lings”

Brookings enjoys stellar tuna season

The albacore tuna action was fast and furious for a couple of weeks this summer out of Brookings, as the hard-fighting, great-eating fish came within 20 miles of the harbor and produced steady action for the charter and private boat fleet. Brookings Fishing Charters ran numerous tuna trips this summer aboard the Miss Brooke, Nauti-Lady, … Continue reading “Brookings enjoys stellar tuna season”

Salmon action heats up in Brookings

The best ocean salmon fishing in more than seven years is happing in Brookings this summer, as big schools of anchovies are attracting impressive numbers of kings and coho just outside of the harbor. The charter boats working out of the Brookings Fishing Charters office have regularly been catching limits or near limits of salmon. … Continue reading “Salmon action heats up in Brookings”

Limits of lings, rockfish at lighthouse

The first trips of the season to the Point St. George Reef Lighthouse by the Brookings Fishing Charters crew resulted in easy limits of lingcod and big rockfish, with lots of variety. The fishing was pretty much wide open. The Nauti-Lady and Miss Brooke ventured to the lighthouse last week, a few days after the … Continue reading “Limits of lings, rockfish at lighthouse”

Brookings lingcod action phenomenal

Lingcod action is usually the best of the season in early spring, as the big fish come into shallow water to spawn, and this year has been nothing short of phenomenal. Over the weekend, Brookings Fishing Charters sent four boats out, and each returned on Sunday with full limits of rockfish and lingcod. The lingcod … Continue reading “Brookings lingcod action phenomenal”

Rockfish limit increases for 2021

The daily bag limit for rockfish on the Oregon Coast will increase to six fish a day in 2021, in addition to the two-fish lingcod limit. Anglers will also once again be allowed to keep a limited number of China, copper and quillback rockfish. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the 2021 rockfish and … Continue reading “Rockfish limit increases for 2021”

First big storms arrive on coast

Fishing for lingcod and rockfish was very good off the coast of Brookings in recent weeks until the first major storm of the fall season arrived and forced boats to stay in port. Brookings Fishing Charters reported limits of rockfish and lingcod during its Point St. George Reef Lighthouse trips, and a good rockfish bite … Continue reading “First big storms arrive on coast”

41-footer expands Brookings charter fleet

A beautiful 41-foot fiberglass charter boat that has been an active part of the fishing scene at the mouth of the Columbia River has been added to the Brookings Fishing Charters fleet. Last week, the Nauti-Lady made the 300-mile voyage from Ilwaco, Wash., to Brookings, where she joins the Miss Brooke, Papa B, The Dash … Continue reading “41-footer expands Brookings charter fleet”

Big lings, tuna, halibut biting

September is off to a great start for the Brookings Fishing Charters crew, with a nice variety of fish being caught aboard our six-pack boats. Big lingcod have moved in, giving anglers a chance at a trophy ling, while the Pacific halibut bite remains good, and there have been some opportunities to chase albacore tuna. … Continue reading “Big lings, tuna, halibut biting”

Lighthouse trips a hit with customers

Brookings Fishing Charters’ new long-range trips to the historic Point St. George Lighthouse have been a hit with customers, who have caught trophy-size lingcod and rockfish in recent weeks while fishing at the extremely productive reef between Brookings and Crecent City. “This was one of my favorite saltwater trips ever!,” said customer Brent Foster. “Amazing … Continue reading “Lighthouse trips a hit with customers”

Halibut action heats up near Brookings

Anglers fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor are being treated to a surprisingly good season for Pacific halibut, while their cousins the California halibut also are making a strong appearance. Brookings Fishing Charters has been at the forefront of getting anglers into these prized fish. The season for Pacific halibut has been open … Continue reading “Halibut action heats up near Brookings”

New lighthouse fishing trips offered

Brookings Fishing Charters is pleased to announce it is now offering long-range fishing trips to the Point St. George Reef and Point St. George Lighthouse, where the average size of rockfish and lingcod is often much larger than waters closer to the harbor, the action is usually fast and furious, and the experience of fishing … Continue reading “New lighthouse fishing trips offered”

Rockfish limit increases to 7!

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has increased the bag limit for rockfish out of Brookings and other Oregon Coast harbors to seven a day, up from five. Anglers also can keep two lingcod per day. The increased limit has been a hit with charter customers, who can now bring home more fish. The … Continue reading “Rockfish limit increases to 7!”

Nice weather improves lingcod, rockfish action

After two weeks of extremely windy weather, the ocean calmed down this week, giving anglers a better shot at lingcod and rockfish. Salmon fishing, meanwhile, slowed after very good fishing the first two weeks of the season. With the calm weather, our charters made it back to Mack Arch for the first time in a … Continue reading “Nice weather improves lingcod, rockfish action”

Brookings salmon opener best in years

The ocean salmon season off the coast of Brookings started with a bang over the weekend, but the hot opener, which produced limits for Brookings Fishing Charters customers, wasn’t a complete surprise. As the ocean salmon seasons for the West Coast were being developed this spring, the Brookings Fishing Charters crew pointed to forecasts and … Continue reading “Brookings salmon opener best in years”

Rockfish bite good out of Brookings

Despite windy weather for much of the past two weeks, fishing for rockfish has been very good out of Brookings, with limits of snapper to 5 pounds. Fishing for lingcod also has been good on the nice weather days. Fishing has been good in the bay, off of Chetco Point and in the Bird Island … Continue reading “Rockfish bite good out of Brookings”

Back on the water, back on the bite

Our charters are back in operation after the temporary shut down caused by the stay-home orders, and when the weather cooperates, fishing has been very good. We have five six-pack boats running daily, as the weather allows, and they have been finding a very good grade of rockfish and lingcod up to 18 pounds. Recent … Continue reading “Back on the water, back on the bite”

Brookings ocean fishing charters to resume

We’ve missed you, and are ready to take you fishing again. The stay-home mandates from the state of Oregon have sidelined our ocean charters for the past month, but we are now resuming private charters (smaller individual groups) and expect to expand to mixed charters again in early May. We have been in close communication … Continue reading “Brookings ocean fishing charters to resume”

2020 ocean salmon season set!

There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the ocean salmon season approved today (April 10, 2020) for the Ports of Brookings and Gold Beach. Although the June 20-Aug. 7 season is shorter than most years, running only 48 days, it takes place during the peak time of the year for salmon fishing out … Continue reading “2020 ocean salmon season set!”

Current charter status: COVID 19 update

Brookings Fishing Charters continues to suspend its ocean charters until the social distancing mandates from the state of Oregon are relaxed. We are not running charters through mid-April, when we will re-evaluate the governor’s temporary closure on many businesses along the Oregon Coast. Currently, short-term lodging is not available. Motels and RV parks still open … Continue reading “Current charter status: COVID 19 update”

Lingcod biting, charters on idle

Just as the lingcod and rockfish action accelerated out of Brookings, and our charters were getting nice limits of both, new measures from the state of Oregon to combat the coronavirus pandemic have sidelined our charter boats for right now. Brookings Fishing Charters has suspended ocean charters at this time, in accordance with the governor’s … Continue reading “Lingcod biting, charters on idle”

Lingcod, rockfish biting off of Brookings

The 2020 ocean lingcod and rockfish season out of the Port of Brookings is off to a good start. The Brookings Fishing Charters fleet was the first charter company in Brookings to begin running charters this year, and the Miss Brooke, Papa B and ‘Bout Time have already run several dozen trips. When the weather … Continue reading “Lingcod, rockfish biting off of Brookings”

Winter lingcod action heats up

In between winter storms, we have experienced some of the best lingcod fishing of the year recently out of Brookings, as fish have moved into shallow water to prepare to spawn. We have run a handful of ocean charters in recent weeks, with good success for lingcod, black and blue rockfish and canary rockfish. We … Continue reading “Winter lingcod action heats up”

Salmon, halibut seasons open

The ocean salmon season and Pacific halibut seasons are now open out of Brookings. Although the weather has been rough in recent weeks with only a few days that boats have been able to get offshore, there are some halibut and salmon being caught. Brookings Fishing Charters once again has the distinction of getting a … Continue reading “Salmon, halibut seasons open”

Brookings Fishing featured on KTVL Channel 10

The crew of Brookings Fishing Charters was recently featured during a three-part series about winter lingcod fishing on the Oregon Coast that aired on KTVL Channel 10 in Medford. The segment, part of Oregon Outdoors with Mark Freeman, can be viewed at To film the series, Capt. Andy Martin took the Miss Brooke to … Continue reading “Brookings Fishing featured on KTVL Channel 10”

Ocean fishing good between storms

While stormy weather has kept charter boats at the docks much of January and February, on days when the ocean has been flat, in between storms, fishing has been good for lingcod and rockfish. The sport crab season also is now open off of Brookings. Capt. Andy and Capt. Travis have both run charter trips … Continue reading “Ocean fishing good between storms”

2019 ocean season off to hot start

The Brookings Fishing Charters crew kicked off the New Year by running the first ocean charter of the season out of Brookings, getting customers into limits of big rockfish and a boat load of lingcod. Bottom fishing seasons are open year round in Oregon, but rough weather kept boats at the dock since before Thanksgiving. … Continue reading “2019 ocean season off to hot start”

Salmon beginning to show up

Salmon season has been open since May 19 off the coast of Brookings. The season runs through Aug. 26. Although fishing has yet to bust wide open, some nice kings are being caught. We ran trips last Monday and Friday, and both days returned with a couple of nice kings. The salmon are running 12 … Continue reading “Salmon beginning to show up”

Brookings lingcod, rockfish opener yields limits

The 2018 lingcod and rockfish season got off to a great start out of the Port of Brookings, with quick limits of lingcod, as well as a nice variety of snapper and rock cod. The Oregon bottom fishing season opened Jan. 1. With calm weather the first week of January, Brookings Fishing Charters ran two … Continue reading “Brookings lingcod, rockfish opener yields limits”

Salmon season begins on Chetco, Smith rivers

The fall rains have increased flows on the Chetco and Smith rivers, kicking off the fall salmon season on both rivers. During the fall and winter months, Brookings Fishing Charters captains Andy Martin and Travis Sallander switch over to the drift boats to guide on both rivers. Andy and Travis are both licensed to guide … Continue reading “Salmon season begins on Chetco, Smith rivers”

Thanks for making 2017 a great season!

We have finished our 2017 ocean charter season, and it was a great success. Our busiest season to date! Overall, we had a great lingcod season out of the Port of Brookings. The Miss Brooke, our offshore boat, ran nearly every day of the season. We also put our new 26-foot bay boat into service … Continue reading “Thanks for making 2017 a great season!”


Summer has arrived on the Oregon Coast and we are at our peak season for rockfish and lingcod. The rockcod have moved in shallow as giant schools of anchovies move close to the beach. We are seeing daily limits of nice rockfish on light tackle. Aside from plenty of black snapper, we also are seeing … Continue reading “JUNE 29, 2017 FISHING REPORT”

March 22, 2017 Fishing Report

We have entered the peak season for spring lingcod, with limits common when the ocean conditions cooperate. So far we’ve seen stormy weather for half of March, but also some nice days where we’ve enjoyed fast action for lingcod and a variety of rockfish. With the new rockfish regulations for 2017 on the Oregon Coast, … Continue reading “March 22, 2017 Fishing Report”


Rough weather has kept all the charter boats off the ocean for the past few weeks, so Brookings Fishing captain Andy Martin has been focusing on the Chetco and Smith rivers for fall king salmon. Fishing has been good, thanks in part to lots of early rain on the Oregon Coast. Capt. Andy and the … Continue reading “OCTOBER 29, 2016, BROOKINGS FISHING REPORT”


Salmon fishing is slowly improving out of the Port of Brookings Harbor, with a lot of coho, or silver salmon, showing up in the catch. Before the coho season opened on June 25, we were releasing coho, including fin-clipped hatchery fish that we can now keep. While overall kings fishing remains slow, it has been … Continue reading “JUNE 25, 2016, BROOKINGS FISHING REPORT”

June 6, 2016, Brookings Fishing Report

Calmer weather has arrived on the Southern Oregon Coast as fog has replaced the strong northwest winds that made fishing somewhat tough throughout May. We have enjoyed a rebound in the lingcod fishing, although full limits of lings are still not easy to come by. Fishing for big rockfish has been good, with a nice … Continue reading “June 6, 2016, Brookings Fishing Report”

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