|Once the rivers drop they will be choked full of winter chrome
like this one by guide Charlie “Steelhead” Brown
Our first major winter storm has hit, and the rivers have gone up and up. Luckily most are starting to drop as of Thursday night, which means winter steelhead are on the move. The Rogue, and Chetco most likely won’t fish until Sunday, but the smaller streams like the Applegate could fish this afternoon.
If you’re wanting to get out this weekend I would head to the smaller streams, or bust out the plunking gear. Both should produce a chromer or two if you get lucky. Focus on water close to the bank and behind objects that break up the current. During the high water you’ll often find the fish within 5 feet of shore.
Another storm is set to move in late tonight or early tomorrow, but the rivers aren’t forecast to rise very much. I highly recommend you keep an eye on the river levels on sites such as NOAA River Forecast. If you’re looking for turbidity the USGS River Flows are your ticket.
The Salmon Specialist
Today I’d also like to welcome the newest addition to the Need A Guide? page Bruce Craviotto. Bruce is an excellent guide that specializes in spring and fall salmon on the lower Rogue. If you’re wanting to book a guide this year, you can contact Bruce through his website: SalmonSpecialist.com. Springers are right around the corner, and we’ve got our trip booked. Do you?