It looks like spring may finally be here. Trout fishing opened up on the high Cascade Lakes, Springers are getting caught in the upper Rogue, and the bass have really started to come on the bite. It’s a great time in southern Oregon for fishing as you get to pick and choose what you would like to fish for on any given day. With that being said here’s a quick fishing report for the Rogue Valley…
Best Bets: Diamon Lake trout fishing, Upper Rogue winter steelhead
Salmon & Steelhead:
Upper Rogue – Fishing for winter steelhead has started to slow down a bit, but there are still plenty of fish being caught. All the same offerings are catching fish, and there are some large fish up to 15lbs being caught. Springers are also starting to show up. I caught my first one of the year last week on the 19th and there have been a fish or two caught most days. Most have been caught on yarn balls or beads while fishing for steelhead.
|Charlie “Steelhead” Brown with a nice winter steelhead caught a few days ago.|
Middle Rogue – Fishing pressure has been extremely light due to the very high flows and poor visibility. Springers are present so if you’re dying to fish this section it may not be a total bust. Fish shallow and on the inside turns while using large baits for your best shot at a fish. Flows have been dropping, and the visibility has been getting slightly better with each day. Look for things to pick up a bit this next week as long as we don’t get a big rain shower.
Lower Rogue – Fishing for springers has still been decent despite cold temperatures that should have the fish off the bite. Boats and bank anglers have been picking fish up every day using anchovies. The fishing should only continue to get better as flows drop and the water starts to warm up. Today the water reached that magical number of 51 degrees so the fishing should be getting hot.
|You’re typical Rogue Bait Rig (Photo from Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing)|
Diamond Lake – Fishing on opening day was pretty good with lots of limits caught. Trout were getting caught mostly on power bait and crappie jigs. If you’re wanting to take a trip up there make sure and call the resort first. The ice pack will be changing every day and you’ll want to make sure that it’s safe to go out on or that there is enough open water to fish.
Howard Praire & Hyatt – Fishing opening day was extremely slow for most. Those that were trolling slowly were the only ones catching limits. Still fishing was almost a complete bust. We were up at Howard on Saturday fishing power bait and only managed 2 fish for 6 people, and saw very few other fish caught. Hopefully things will pick up as it starts to warm up.
Lower Level Lakes – Local lakes and ponds are still getting stocked regularly with trout. Check the ODFW Trout Stocking Schedule to check when your favorite lake or pond is getting stocked. Places like the Expo Ponds, Lost Creek Lake, and Selmac Lake should all be fishing very well.
Bass and Panfish
The bite has finally turned on for the bass with lots of nice size fish being caught. Any of the local lakes and ponds are a good bet. I haven’t heard much about the crappie fishing, but things should start to pick up when we have a streak of sunny days.