Southern Oregon Fishing Report 9/15

After some of the hottest temperatures of the year, things look like they may finally be getting back to normal. Temperatures are supposed to be in the high 70’s to low 80’s for the next week, which coupled with the now normal flows, could help improve the fishing.

Middle Rogue fall kings thanks to guide Rob Yuen

Lower Rogue – Fall salmon fishing has slowed down considerably, but there is still the occasional flurry. Fish are being caught both in the bay, and upriver, but neither has been exceptionally good. Silvers are starting to get caught in the bay, and fishing will continue to pick up for them. Rogue Bait Rigs continue to be the top producer, but spinners can also be productive, especially for the silvers. Half pounders have started to make a stronger showing, but numbers are still way down compared to the 10 year average. These fish are extremely aggressive and can provide some fun during the evenings.

Middle Rogue – Fishing for fall salmon has remained decent, but has been an early morning show. Boats are finding 2-6 fish a day, but the action is all before noon, and mostly before the sun hits the water. Fish are spread out from Gold Hill to Rainie Falls, with most of the action coming between Grants Pass, and Hog Creek Boat Ramp. Both Kwik Fish and roe are producing fish, but neither is excelling over the other. For bank fishermen, fishing has still been tough. It’s also an early morning, or late evening show. While the sun is on the water it largely hasn’t been worth the effort. Hopefully with the cool weather in our future, it will lead to a more prolonged bite throughout the day.

Upper Rogue – With normal flows returning, it has improved the fly fishing. The springers are also starting to spawn, making single egg patterns a must. Use a large buggy pattern such as an ugly bug or egg sucking leach to get your offerings down, and add a single egg dropper for those steelhead keying in on the eggs. Steelhead are spread throughout the entire river, and are starting to sit below the spawning springers. Things should continue to improve with the cooler temperatures, and more springers spawning.

Umpqua – Fall salmon fishing is still good in tidewater, and has started to pick up upriver. Anglers fishing the mainstem just below Roseburg have started to find a few more fish. Back bouncing eggs has been the top producer, but Kwik Fish will also produce.


Diamond Lake – Trout have been getting caught all summer long, but with cooler temperatures on there way, things should start to improve. Powerbait has been the top producer, and there have been plenty of large fish still in the mix. Fall can be an amazing time on the lake as there is less of a crowd, no bugs, and hot fishing.

Tight Lines….

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