|A 41lb fall salmon weighed in at Jot’s Resort|
I’m doing the weekly fishing report a day early this week because I’m hoping to have a special post for you tomorrow. The fishing has been great throughout the Rogue River, and has also picked up in some other areas in Southern Oregon.
Salmon & Steelhead
Lower Rogue – Fishing overall has been very good, but there have been a couple slow days intermingled. Plenty of large fall salmon have been picked up from the jaws up to Agness. There have also been quite a few 30+lb fish in the mix. Rogue Bait Rigs continue to be the most popular baits, but don’t be afraid to have at least one rod out with a spinner on. The ODFW has started doing their annual beach seining at Huntley Park and you can review the results here: Rogue River Seine Counts. So far 66 kings have been recorded which is well above the 10 year average. The high, cool flows probably have a lot to do with it, but hopefully its a sign of a large return. Adult summer steelhead, and half pounders are also present, however, they are well behind the 10 year average.
|A fall salmon caught below Grants Pass by guide Rob Yuen|
Middle Rogue – Fall salmon fishing is still on the slower side, but fish are present. Most of the reports have the majority of the fish below the Galice area, however, there are fish present all the way up to the mouth of the Applegate. The weeds aren’t as bad as normal years so using kwik fish will be less of a hassle than eggs. Summer steelhead are also in the area. Using a k11 kwik fish wrapped with a sardine is a good way to target both salmon and steelhead. There are also a few late springers in the Rogue River, and Gold Hill area. On Sunday I witnessed a boat limit out in front of my house at the Valley of the Rogue State Park in just a matter of minutes. Back bouncing roe has been the top producer, but the pikeminnows have been tearing up the bait.
|Summer steelhead by guide Charlie Brown|
Upper Rogue – Summer steelhead fishing continues to be very good. These fish are very aggressive and active so they will take a number of baits. If fishing from a boat, small plugs or side drifting have been the top producers. If from the bank throwing spinners or spoons in the riffles, or drift fishing tail outs is your best bet. If fly fishing is your game using a stone fly imitation or egg sucking leach with a glo bug dropper is the most popular. As the springers start to spawn the steelhead will key in on egg patterns.
Umpqua – Fall salmon have started getting caught in the bay. Trolling cut plug herring or and FBR have been the best baits. Fishing is just starting to pick up so look for things to get better the later into August we get.
Brookings – Ocean Salmon fishing has taken off just outside of Brookings. Fish are mostly being caught around 2 miles out. Bottom fishing has also continued to be good when the ocean is calm enough.
Diamond Lake – The blue-green algae alert has been lifted from the lake. That means it’s safe to eat the trout again without having to skin them. Fishing has been best in 20-30ft of water with powerbait.