It sure is hot!….weather wise that is. We’re currently experiencing the hottest temperatures of the year, and it’s affecting the fishing differently depending on what section you’re on.
|53lb fall salmon from the Lower Rogue (Photo by Jot’s Resort)|
Lower Rogue – The hot temperatures in the valley have the river temperature on a steady rise. Couple that with dropping flows, and fish are holding more in the bay once again. There are plenty of big fish in the mix, with a 53lber caught on Wednesday. Rogue Bait Rigs continue to be the top producers, but never rule out having at least one rod rigged with a spinner. The occasional silver is also being caught in the bay, and half pounders and summer steelhead are being caught upriver. The steelhead still haven’t made a great showing, which may be because the majority of fish have already moved up river with the high flows. Fishing for fall salmon should continue to be consistent for the rest of the month, and fishing for coho will continue to improve.
|Middle Rogue chrome|
Middle Rogue – Anglers are finding mixed results for fall salmon with the dropping flows and hot temperatures. The best fishing has been in the mornings for boat anglers. Success is coming to those covering lots of water, and also to those sitting in one spot waiting for the fish to come to them. No one method has been the best, but they are all producing fish. We caught 2 of our salmon on Wednesday pulling Kwik Fish, and 2 on side drifted roe, while on Sunday Rob caught all 4 of his fish back bouncing roe. You basically have to try everything to figure out what they want that day. Bank fishing has largely been a bust, but should improve with more normal flows. The salmon will start to hole up making more traditional methods effective.
Upper Rogue – The annual flies only fishing for summer steelhead is in full swing. With normal flows returning it is making fly fishing easier and more effective. If you don’t own a fly rod you can still partake in the fishery. All it takes is fishing the flies below a bobber. You may not use any additional weights or attachments however. All the traditional steelhead flies are producing fish with large ugly bugs, and single egg patterns the best. You’ll want to avoid the hot afternoons, and plan your trips for the early mornings, and evenings. The springers are also getting very close to spawning, and when they do the steelhead will begin to key in on the eggs. This time of year makes single egg imitations or egg sucking leaches very hot patterns. Over 1,300 summer steelhead have returned to the hatchery so far this year, and another 400 were recently recycled to the Gold Hill area.
Have another great weekend.