First off I hope everyone had a great National Fishing & Boating Week. We had some great weather, and I hope all of you were able to get out and do a little fishing. If you were, be sure to head on over to our Facebook Fan Page and show off your pictures.
That nice weather has continued this week, and looks like it will continue into the foreseeable future. With the warm, sunny days we’ve had it has really turned on the bite around the Rogue Valley. Here’s a look at how the fishing has been recently…
Salmon & Steelhead
Upper Rogue – Last week produced some amazing catches. Unfortunately the last couple of days it has slowed down considerably. However, today there have been some very promising reports with one guide going 5-7 with 4 keepers. Most fish are coming on back-bounced eggs, but both divers and kwik fish are also producing fish. The fishing has been good from the hatchery hole all the way down to Shady Cove. A total of 2031 winter steelhead, 10 summer steelhead and 707 spring chinook have entered Cole Rivers Hatchery through June 9.
Middle Rogue – High water has hampered anglers all season. There are fish around though, and those not wanting to drive to the upper river have been catching fish. The flows at Gold Ray are hovering around 4,200cfs today which makes fishing doable, although tuff.
|49lb spring chinook caught on the Lower Rogue on 6/1 (Photo from the Rogue Outdoor Store)|
Lower Rogue – Fishing was slow at the end of May, but has picked up a great deal the past 2 weeks. There have been lots of fish over 25lbs caught with a 49lber weighed in on 6/1. It’s beginning to look like it may be a repeat of the ’03 & ’04 season where there will be lots of 30lb+ fish around with quite a few going over 50.
Diamond Lake – Fishing still isn’t hot, but there are plenty of fish being caught. Anglers are catching their limits fairly easily with lots of fish in the 15″-20″ range. Power Bait is still outproducing trolling.
Howard Prairie & Hyatt Lake – Fishing for trout has been pretty good for both trollers and still fishermen. Lots of fish in the 15″-19″ range have been caught recently, and those willing to sort through the fish are finding limits of them.
Other local lakes & ponds – Everywhere that has been stocked this year is fishing very well right now. I’ve heard good reports form the Expo Ponds, Medco Pond, Applegate Lake, and just about everywhere else. If you’ve got a favorite destination that get’s stocked chances are good that you’ll catch plenty of fish.
Bass & Panfish
|One of my recent crappie from Agate Lake|
With the warm, stable days we’ve had the crappie and bass have really come on the bite.
The crappie are in close and you should focus on fishing around the willows or any kind of bush that is in 6-15ft of water. During mid-day they seem to be in extremely tight to these bushes so accurate casting is a must. Crappie Jigs or Miracle Worms are both producing fish, but recently they seem to be really keying in on minnows so jigs are outproducing the worms. Fish either of them about 2 1/2 feet under a bobber.
The bass are in shallow and fishing around the weed lines has produced lots of fish. The smallmouth bass are also biting quite well at places like the Umpqua River, Howard Prairie, and Lost Creek Lake.
Tidewind Charters has been reporting excellent catches recently out of Brookings. Everyone has been limiting out on rockfish, as well as lingcod. There have also been some very large lings up to 40lbs being caught.
I hope this helps some of you get into a few more fish the next time out, and don’t forget to share your pictures and reports with us on our Facebook Fan Page.