Southern Oregon Fishing Report 4/20

This weekend is shaping up to be the nicest one of the year so far. The weather forecast is calling for temperatures near 80 degrees, and the fishing has continued to be good around the Rogue Valley.

Salmon & Steelhead

Guide Brady Rogers found one of those large, and
chrome upper Rogue winter steelhead yesterday.

Upper Rogue – Winter steelhead fishing continues to hold on strong, and the warm temperatures this weekend should only improve things. Boaters seemed to be fairing better than bankies with both plugs, and side drifting producing equally well. Rumors about springers seem to be wide spread, but not much has been confirmed. I reported last week that a few springers had entered the hatchery pen, but that has been debunked, as 0 springers have entered as of yesterday. There have also been rumors of springers being caught at the hatchery, but with 0 fish in the trap it is also unlikely. The rumors are most likely coming from big winter steelhead, that are still in excellent shape, and are being mistaken for springers. However, there was one confirmed hook up by guide Brady Rodgers while plugging for steelhead. Outflows from Lost Creek Dam have shot back up from 2600 cfs to 3200 cfs.

Update 8:00pm – A few reports of springers being caught in the upper Rogue came in today. Guide Don Grieve caught one and a couple were hooked at the Hatchery. Springer season has finally been confirmed.

Middle Rogue – The middle section of the Rogue has been plagued by high water all month. However, springers have been starting to get caught below Grants Pass in the Rand Park area. They have been getting caught by those plunking and using side planers. Rainie Falls should also be producing fish, but things have been kept quite from down there. A few people have also started to fish at Hayes Falls, but the high water makes fishing there difficult.

A couple of lower Rogue springers found their way
into guide Andy Martin’s boat today

Lower Rogue – Flucuating flows have hampered the springer bite a little, but fish continue to be caught. Most of the action is between Elephant Rock and Foster Bar by those sitting on anchor or plunking from shore. The Rogue Bait Rig with an anchovy is the go-to setup.


Bass fishing around the Rogue Valley has been OK this week despite all the showers we’ve had. The numbers aren’t there yet, but some very large pre-spawn fish have been caught. With temperatures near 80 degrees this weekend look for things to really start picking up. The crappie may also start to come up shallow.

Tight Lines….

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