Fall salmon season was a tale of two stories this year on the Middle Rogue. Boat anglers had an excellent year with the high flows keeping fish on the move. While on the other hand those fishing from the bank largely struggled for the same reason. The flows we experienced were the highest ever recorded in August, and kept the fish in great shape all season long.
The season closes for chinook from the Gold Ray dam site down to Hog Creek boat ramp on Friday night. However, the largest kings are just coming into the Lower Rogue, and coastal rivers such as the Chetco. If you’re needing to fill your fix you’ll have to make the drive over to the coast.
And now here’s a look back at this year’s fall run on the Rogue…
|My first fall fish of the year. Caught on a XFactor Tackle egg cluster.|
|Released this hen to finish doing her thing.|
|A chromer caught side drifting eggs with guide Rob Yuen|
|The final tally of our day with Rob Yuen|
|Early August success for guide Rob Yuen|
|The squaw fish were a bit of a problem early on|
|Nothing huge was caught in the middle river, but some decent sized ones like this were taken|
|There’s still some decent fish around even this late in the season. (Photo & fish by guide Jeff Wilkerson)|
|The Rogue bay kicked out a couple of 50lbers this year including this 52lber|
Now it’s on to summer steelhead, and waiting for silvers to get up here on the middle, and upper Rogue. Also, good luck to those of you venturing over to the coast to continue the fall salmon season.