Southern Oregon Fishing Report 12/10

The cold, dry weather continues to be persistent through out Oregon. That has made fishing tough in most areas, especially for anyone that is a fair weather fisherman. However, if you’re willing to brave the bone-chilling cold, there’s a good chance you’ll be rewarded if you head to the right spot.

An upper Rogue steelhead by TJ Orton

Upper Rogue – Late summer steelhead fishing is picking up despite the cold weather and outflows. The coho are starting to spawn which has the steelhead keying in on eggs once again. Fly fishermen using single egg patterns, and bait fishermen using small chunks of roe, have been having the most success above Shady Cove. A few fresh coho continue to move up, but most of them are getting quite dark and starting to spawn. Plugs or spoons are a good choice for those wanting to target both silvers and steelhead.

Middle Rogue –  Summer steelhead fishing has been hit and miss, and just how good it has been depends on who you talk to. The lack of rain has kept most of the steelhead in the mainstem, instead of shooting up the tributaries, which has made more fish available to anglers than normal. Those getting into fish have mainly been using plugs.

A couple of late Smith River kings by guide Andy Martin

Lower Rogue –  Winter steelhead fishing has yet to really take off due to the lack of rain. A few have been caught recently by plunkers, but things continue to get slower every day we go without rain. Once the river gets a good flush, the season should really take off.

Chetco –  Just like the lower Rogue things continue to be slow with no rain in sight. Very few winter steelhead are being caught by anglers side drifting, and we need rain to get things jump started. Fall salmon fishing is pretty much over, but if you’re wanting to still get into some, the Smith River in Northern California continues to produce some fresh late kings.

Tight Lines….

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