It’s Labor Day weekend, and after the first look at fall weather, we’re back to summer temperatures. Fishing is so-so, but expect large crowds where ever you’re going.
|Middle Rogue fall king with Triple X Guide Service|
Lower Rogue – Fishing has been somewhat spotty in the bay. The bites have been coming in 1-2 hour spurts with Rogue Bait Rigs producing the most fish. Spinners are also catching fish, but very few people are using them. Fishing just upriver has been fair for both half pounders and salmon. The salmon haven’t been mingling in the bay long so fishing upriver can give you a good shot at intercepting these fish. The first reports of coho have also come into the mix.
Middle Rogue – Salmon are spread out from Gold Hill on down, but with the high flows, one stretch isn’t better than the other. Most anglers are fishing the stretch below the mouth of the Applegate River, and boat fishermen are doing best. Fish are coming on both roe and kwik fish, but side drifting roe allows you to cover more water to find the spread out fish. Bank anglers are largely struggling to find fish. The high water has had the fish constantly on the move, and not sitting in the holes. With the dropping flows the salmon should start to hole up, and fishing will start to improve.
Upper Rogue – The Upper Rogue has made its yearly switch over to flies only for summer steelhead. Fishing this week will continue to be tough as flows will still be high, but by the end of next week flows should be much more favorable for fly fishermen. Ugly bugs, egg sucking leaches, bead head prince nymphs, and single egg patterns will continue to be the top producers. The springers are going to start spawning and when they do you’ll want to make sure to have an egg pattern on at all times. If you don’t own a fly rod, you can still fish during the flies only season. You may use any type of rod and reel, and fish the flies under a float. No additional weight or attachments may be used though.
Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone.