Rogue Report 8/18

Another week has gone by, and fishing hasn’t changed a whole lot since the last report. If you’ve been kegged up in an air conditioned house, you’ve been missing out on some great opportunities.

A good day on the Middle Rogue with guide Rob Yuen

Lower Rogue – Fishing for fall salmon continues to be good. Fish are being caught both in the bay and farther up river. Most anglers are fishing up river during the morning while the river is cooler and the fish are on the move. Then they are moving down to the bay during the afternoon to fish the tides, as the salmon hold in the cooler salt water. Rogue Bait Rigs with a whole anchovy continue to be the bait of choice, but spinners are also producing fish. The steelhead fishing has turned on recently for both half pounders and adult steelhead. Fish the riffles with night crawlers or a spinner for lots of action with the half pounders, as well as a shot at an adult.

Middle Rogue – Fall salmon fishing has finally picked up below Grants Pass, and anglers are finding plenty of fish. Fishing for late springers has also been good in the Gold Hill, and Rogue River area. Both roe and kwik fish are producing fish. The weeds aren’t as bad as in normal years so that may give kwik fish an edge if you don’t want to deal with the pesky pikeminnows. The salmon are on the move with the high water, and aren’t holding up for very long in the deep, traditional fall holes. If fish are rolling around you it’s a good sign, but as soon as they stop you’ll want to move. Fishing migration lanes can also be very productive.

Guide Todd Puett found chrome on the Middle Rogue

Upper Rogue – Summer steelhead fishing is still very good. Fish are spread out from the hatchery down to Gold Hill. Anglers are picking up steelhead on everything from flies, to plugs, to bait. If you’re from a boat fishing small plugs, or side drifting are the best bets. If from the bank swinging spoons or spinners through the riffles, or drift fishing tail outs are good choices. The springers will be starting to spawn in a couple weeks which means the steelhead will start to key in on single egg patterns. There have been over 800 steelhead that have entered the hatchery thus far.

Brookings – Salmon, halibut, and tuna are all being caught out of Brookings right now. Tuna have been scattered, and the fishing has largely been dependent on the weather. Brookings has one of the farthest runs out to the tuna grounds in Oregon so it takes careful planning. Anglers have been finding the salmon around 2 miles out.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Tight Lines….

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