The weather has cooled down, and so did the fishing along with it. I was thinking that the change in barometric pressure would help to improve the fishing, but instead it has done just the opposite.
|Middle Rogue summer steelhead|
Thursday I hit my favorite hole on the Middle Rogue looking for some fall salmon, and brought along one of my co-workers. The temperature had cooled down dramatically, and we also had cloud cover the entire day. Unfortunately that didn’t do anything to help the fishing. We spent the greater part of the morning just practicing our casting. There were also very few other people, and no one was hooking up.
After just about everyone had cleared out, Andrew managed to save our day from being a complete bust. It wasn’t the big fall salmon we were after, but was a welcome addition to a painfully slow day. The little summer steelhead put up a valiant fight for its size, and also gave us a couple of aerial displays.
Fishing on the Middle Rogue has slowed down for everyone the past couple of days. Boats went from averaging 2-6 fish, to being lucky to even get one. On Friday however, things did seem to pick up a little. There appears to be a big surge of jacks, which are providing a little action for anglers. There was also reportedly a 52lber caught in the bay on Friday.
With the weather stabilizing, look for things to pick up a little for the last 2 weeks of the season on the Middle Rogue. If nothing else there should be plenty of jacks around to put some bend in your poles.
Big ‘Bow from Diamond Lake
Diamond Lake is still kicking out steelhead sized trout. Angler Greg Juber of McMinnville caught a 7lb 10oz trout on Friday from the lake. It’s one of the largest fish caught there this year, but could easily be beaten this fall. October is a great month to fish the lake. The bugs are all but gone, the temperatures are cooler, and the fish are binge feeding for the winter.
Biologists believe that there could be trout as big as 10lbs currently in the lake. If one that large is going to be caught, look for it to happen this next month.