I’ve decided to start doing a weekly report on fishing from around the Rogue Valley. Hopefully I’ll keep up on it, and you’ll all find it useful.
Salmon & Steelhead
What’s Hot – Upper Rogue Steelhead
Upper Rogue – Fishing has been hot this week for winter steelhead. Anglers have been catching lots of fish on just about everything. Spoons, plug, flies under a bobber, and drift fishing XFactor Tackle egg clusters have all been producing fish. Most of the fish have been coming from between the hatchery and Rogue Elk Park. This is mainly due to high and muddy flows coming out of all the creeks making for less than ideal conditions below Elk Creek. Look for fishing to continue to be good through the rest of this month.
|32″ Buck caught by Shane of Blazer Shane’s Blog|
Middle Rogue – High and muddy flows have made fishing a complete bust for all most the entire month of March. With 8 inches of rain falling in Grants Pass it was the wettest March since 1950. If the showers forecast for Saturday don’t raise the river too much look for some fishing opportunites to present themselves. There will still be steelhead in the area although the majority of them will be wild. I highly recommend releasing any wild fish even though it is legal to harvest them until the end of the month. This late in the run they are spawning or very close to it, making them less than ideal table fair. Springers should also be showing up all the way up to Hays Falls, and possible even higher. Fishing for them is usually best in May, but there can be good spurts of fishing in April.
Lower Rogue – Springers have been getting caught despite the high and turbid flows. As flows start to finally drop look for fishing to improve greatly. Most people are targetting them at choke points or on the inside turns of gravel bars. The most popular bait is anchovies with a green spinner blade in front of them.
Applegate River – Fishing closed last night on the entire river. It reopens for trout on May 28th.
The Expo Ponds, Lost Creek Lake, and Selmac Lake have all been stocked recently and are fishing very well. You can catch them on a number of things from worms, powerbait, trolling, and casting spinners. To see when a local lake or pond is going to be stocked check out this link from the ODFW: Trout Stocking Schedule
Bass and Panfish
Now that the sun is finally coming out and things are starting to warm up look for the bass and panfish to start coming on the bite. All of our local ponds and lakes have at least bluegill and bass in them. Some excellent early fishing can be had at Agate Lake, the Expo Ponds, and Hoover Ponds in White City.
Good luck and tight lines everyone.