Chetco River salmon and steelhead fishing
Chetco River Fishing

Chetco River Salmon & Steelhead Fishing

About - Salmon & Steelhead on the Chetco River

Dave Castellanos is a talented and experienced fishing guide that runs Chetco River Fishing, located on the Chetco River in Southern Oregon.

Castellanos has been running his outfit since 1993 and he is a master of the local rivers that produce a bounty of salmon, steelhead and trout. Castellanos' guide service fishes the southern Oregon, Chetco River. Dave covers a lot of territory but he also has great results and if you are new to the area or looking for a guide, well, Castellanos is The Man, in that beautiful area of the world.

People were making their living as guides, which is tough. It is a tough way to make a living, however, I have always had a passion for fishing and I've been successful at it. I just really enjoy the aspect of taking people fishing and watching them catch fish. I especially enjoy first time fishermen and helping them. I get young kids all the time and you get parents that want you to take them out


I started my guiding in California the year of 1993

I have guided the rivers of Bristol Bay, Alaska, for the years of 1996-1998

I started guiding in Oregon in 1997

I have one of only forty U.S. Forest Service permits to fish the wild and scenic Upper Chetco

I have a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service on the Smith River

I have a United States Coast Guard License and am a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Crescent City Flotilla

I am certified in CPR and First Aid

I am Licensed, Bonded and Insured

I have fished the California/Oregon Steelhead Derbies on the Smith and Chetco Rivers and in 1998, finished FIRST place in February and THIRD place in March... In 1999, I had a SECOND place in February.


I'm typically running drift boats, which I row most of the time, but we use a small kicker motor at times to enhance your chances of hooking fish . Rivercraft builds them and they are 18-feet in length and 65 inches wide. They are a comfortable boat. And we also use a 23-foot jet boat by Jetcraft; I use that mostly on the Rogue and the Klamath. The Smith and the Chetco are too small for the jet boat.