South Coast Hawgs

I’ve been slacking a bit with my fishing reports, so I thought I would catch you all up with all the big fish that have been getting caught recently. November is here, and with it has come the first taste of winter weather, and some fall hawgs.

My buddy Jeff with a 45lb fall king from the Chetco opener
Guide Rob Yuen with a Chetco king from Monday

Chetco – The river opener on the 5th saw a lot of pressure, but also a lot of fall salmon caught. Due to low flows, anglers were restricted to the upper reaches of tidewater. However, that all changed with the rain that fell all day Saturday. The Chetco finally crested Sunday afternoon at 2,400 cfs, which gave it enough water to spread the fish out, and for boats to be able to float above tidewater. As the river dropped and cleared yesterday, the fish were on the bite. At least one guide had a double digit day, and most boats were able to find one willing salmon. With the weather forecast looking dry for the rest of the week, the river will continue to drop and clear. That will make floating the river near impossible, and anglers will have to move back downstream towards tidewater. Look for another good bite to happen after the next raise in water levels.

Upper Rogue – The upper Rogue continues to produce good catches since it reopened to the use of bait and all artificial lures. Anglers fishing the stretch from the hatchery to Shady Cove are having the best luck side drifting small bits of roe, and pulling plugs. Those fishing below Shady Cove are finding plugs to be the top producer. There are plenty of steelhead spread throughout the upper river with a mix of fresh, and very colored up fish. There are also some very large summer steelhead in the mix.

A large summer steelhead from the upper Rogue by guide Charlie Brown

Middle Rogue – Summer steelhead fishing continues to be decent. A few silvers are also in the mix, and are mostly being caught by anglers pulling plugs.The large majority of steelhead are wild, but there have been a few hundred hatchery fish recycled recently.

Tight Lines….

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