September Fishing Preview

August is almost over, and September is right around the corner. That means that the cooler fall weather is also on its way, which will bring along improved fishing. The Rogue will also be transitioning to normal flows as the Army Corp plans on dropping them by 100cfs every day. Here’s what you can expect for the coming month…

Salmon & Steelhead

A Middle Rogue fall salmon by guide Rob Yuen

Upper Rogue – The Upper Rogue will make its yearly transition to flies only for summer steelhead beginning on the 1st above the old Gold Ray Dam site. You may use any type of rod and reel provided that there is no additional weight or attachments used except for a bobber. The summer steelhead will start to key in on single egg patterns as the spring salmon begin to spawn. Most fishermen will use a three fly setup. The most popular flies are a heavy ugly bug or egg sucking leech, followed by a bead head prince nymph, followed by a single egg pattern. Use 12-18 inches of leader between each one.

September can bring some great steelhead fishing especially once the fall weather kicks in. Once the salmon start spawning look for steelhead to sit behind them picking off eggs. Until then you’ll continue to find them in the riffles and tail outs.

Middle RogueFall salmon fishing will be kicking into full gear during September. With the river dropping fish will start to stack up in the traditional holes. When the cooler weather finally does arrive the bite should really turn on. Both roe and kwik fish will produce fish, but side drifting roe has been the most effective recently due to being able to cover the most water. The pikeminnows have been a nuisance, but fish are still being caught despite them. For bank anglers using imitation roe such as the XFactor Tackle egg clusters has been the best. The pikeminnows will still be a slight problem, but you won’t have to worry about rebaiting every cast.

Summer steelhead will be available also. Tossing hardware or pulling plugs through the riffles will get you into a fish or two.

Lower RogueFishing in the bay and just upriver will continue to provide good catches for fall salmon. Rogue Bait Rigs will also continue to be the best choice with spinners a distant second. Plenty of large fish in the 40+lb range will be in the mix. By the end of the month coho will start to show up in the catch. The silvers can provide some great action, while also being a great meal.

Fishing for summer steelhead, and half pounders will be decent for anglers targeting them. Drifting night crawlers, or throwing Panther Martins in the riffles should keep your line tight most of the time.

Umpqua / Coos / Coquile – Fishing in tidewater has been producing some decent catches lately and will continue to build as Septemeber goes on. Plug cut herring, and FBR’s are the baits of choice. A few fish have been caught in the mainstem Umpqua so look for things to really take off with the first rain of the year.

Chetco / Smith – Both tidewaters will start to produce a few early fall salmon. The later into September we get the more fish that will be milling around waiting for the first rain. Trolling plug cut herring, FBR’s, or mooching anchovies will all produce fish.


Trout fishing at Diamond Lake and Howard Prairie will improve will the cooling weather.  Fishing has been decent all summer long, but the bigger numbers will make a return. All the normal tactics will produce plenty of feisty and fat trout. Start out shallow in the mornings, and move deeper as the day goes on.

Tight Lines….

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