Southern Oregon Fishing Report 3/9

All signs are currently pointing towards a great weekend of fishing. Perfect weather, perfect river flows, and plenty of fish should lead to many happy Rogue Valley anglers.

Salmon & Steelhead

Lower Rogue – Winter steelhead fishing continues to be good, while springers are starting to be caught, albeit in small numbers still. The best fishing has been coming from the Agness area, but just about every gravel bar has been producing steelhead. Springer fishing has still been slow with only 8 reports of fish earlier in the week. Things should start to pick up when the water temperature starts to near 51 degrees. Side drifting has been the best for steelhead, while those targeting springers will want to be using a Rogue Rait Rig in the travel lanes.

A nice limit of winter steelhead caught
Thursday by guide Rob Yuen

Middle Rogue – After our last storm moved through on Monday and Tuesday things have really taken off on the middle Rogue. Limits were being caught both Wednesday and Thursday, and the good fishing should continue on through the weekend. The next storm is forecast to arrive Monday which could throw a kink into the perfect conditions. The best steelhead fishing has been below the mouth of the Applegate, and the Rainie Falls area has also been very good. Side drifting, and pulling plugs have both been producing fish.

Upper Rogue –  More winter steelhead are finally starting to show up in the upper Rogue. However, fishing remains somewhat slow with outflows still hovering around 900cfs. A lot of the catch has been down river summer steelhead, but new winter fish are present. As of Feb. 29th 369 winter steelhead have reached the hatchery. 

Applegate – Some excellent fishing was reported earlier in the week, with some large winter steelhead being caught. Flows are still fairly low, and will be continuing to fall. Anglers will want to hit the river soon before things get too low again, or wait to see if the next storm will raise the river. Steelhead are currently spread out from the top to bottom, and just about every presentation has been working. Anglers are reminded that fishing from a boat is not permitted.


Expo Ponds – Both of the ponds near entry gate #5 have been stocked this week. This is an excellent fishery for kids and whole families. Throwing spinners right after the trout have been stocked is usually best with PowerBait picking up after the fish have settled. The trout are keyed in on eating near the surface, so you’ll want to present your offerings only a few feet down. Fishing PowerBait 2-4 feet under a bobber is often the best method for catching lots of fish.

Tight Lines….

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