Fishing Reports

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 Rocks, House Rock and Mack Arch.

Each of the Brookings Fishing Charters boats – the Miss Brooke, Nauti-Lady, Kraken, Papa B, Dash and Bout Time – have run numerous trips. Limits of rockfish have been the norm, and lingcod fishing appears to be above average so far this season. A 25-pound lingcod caught aboard the Miss Brooke with Capt. Travis in early February is the largest so far this season.

Nice limits of lingcod caught aboard the Miss Brooke near Mack Arch.
A nice lingcod caught aboard the Nauti-Lady near Bird Island.
Happy customers aboard the Nauti-Lady.

With the calm weather, boats have been able to get up to Mack Arch, where there are plenty of large lingcod. Limits have been likely near Mack Arch.

Frequent customer John with a nice lingcod from the Miss Brooke.
More lingcod from the Mack Arch area.

The rockfish population has been thriving near Brookings. We are seeing large schools of black, blue and canary rockfish. The grade has been excellent. Anglers have been able to release smaller rockfish and focus on larger fish for their limits. Since our boats specialize in shallow water with light tackle, the fish are not injured as they are reeled up from the bottom. It is more difficult to release rockfish caught in 80 feet of water or more, but our charters often fish in 40 to 60 feet of water, or shallower.

A nice lingcod and very nice canary rockfish from the Miss Brooke.
A black rockfish and a blue rockfish caught aboard the Papa B.
Another double hookup on the Nauti-Lady.
It’s a triple! the rockfish action has been fast and furious so far this season.

On recent charters, our customers have caught a release numerous king salmon. The ocean salmon season won’t open until May or early June, but the abundance of salmon in the ocean right now near Brookings is a great sign. These are likely feeder kings that will return to the Klamath or Sacramento rivers. When they stack up near Brookings during the winter, they are usually still around by the time opening day arrives.

One of many salmon caught and released this winter during bottom fishing charters.
Frequent customer Vince with a nice lingcod aboard the Miss Brooke.
You’d be smiling too if you just caught a nice vermilion rockfish.
Deckhand Brent with a copper and quillback rockfish. The quillback was released, while coppers may be retained.
Nice lingcod from the Miss Brooke near Mack Arch.
Great catches from our first charter of the season on the Miss Brooke.
Capt. Mike fillets rockfish after a successful charter on the Papa B.
A big ling and a lunker rockfish make for a very happy young customer.
Rockfish are a blast on the light spinning tackle we use on all of our charter boats.
The Miss Brooke has been successful at finding nice lingcod on each charter so far this season.

The Brookings Fishing Charters fleets runs charters daily, weather permitting. Our six-pack boats are fast and perfect for smaller groups. Families and larger groups love the comfortable ride of the spacious Nauti-Lady, our 42-foot party boat.

To book a trip, visit, or call our booking office at (541) 813-1082.

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