Southern Oregon Fishing Report 4/13

It’s finally looking and feeling like spring time here in the Rogue Valley. With the warmer, and slightly dryer weather, the fishing has really picked up all around the region. No matter what your target species is, it’s time to start hitting the water.

Salmon & Steelhead

Guide Charlie “Steelhead” Brown found a couple of limits
yesterday on the upper Rogue.

Upper Rogue – Winter steelhead fishing continues to be very good above Shady Cove. Fishing had slowed down a bit when the rain moved in Tuesday, but yesterday was lights out once again, with limits being caught. Outflows from Lost Creek Dam have dropped to 3200cfs which is perfect levels for winter steelhead. Plugs continue to out-fish side drifting for boats, while bankies are doing best with small baits of roe and yarn balls. As of April 3rd 1,533 winter steelhead had entered the hatchery trap. A few springers have also made it to the hatchery this week. There are rumors of a few being caught, but no confirmed catches.

Middle Rogue – Below Grants Pass the Rogue remains right around 7000cfs. That has made fishing rather difficult and there hasn’t been much effort. Both winter steelhead and springers are present. Those fishing the soft pockets of water, or inside turns of gravel bars should be able to pick up fish this week as the river continues to drop and clear.

Lower Rogue – Fishing for springers has finally picked up below Agness. Limits have been reported from both boats, and bankies. However, with the high water, only a few spots are producing, and you’ve got to camp out to get one of those. Sitting on anchor or plunking from the gravel bars with Rogue Bait Rigs is the go-to method for the lower Rogue.

Umpqua – The lower Umpqua near the Scottsburg area has started to produce springers this week also. Much like the Rogue the action is all sitting on anchor in a travel lane and waiting for them to come to you.

The Umpqua has started to pump out springers like this one caught by The Big K Ranch

Applegate – The Applegate river is now closed to fishing.

Chetco –  The Chetco is now closed to fishing.


The Big K Ranch has started to catch a few nice
pre-spawn smallies from the Umpqua

The Expo Ponds, Lost Creek Lake, Emigrant Lake, Willow Lake, and Lake Selmac were all stocked this week with trout. Fishing should be very good at all of these locations. PowerBait, small spinners, and XFactor Tackle Miracle Worms will all produce plenty of fish.


The Umpqua small mouth bite has started to turn on with the spring weather. A few really nice pre-spawn fish have been caught by The Big K Ranch this week. Local ponds and lakes have also seen the bite start to pick up, but it’s still not going full force yet. The warm weather we’re forecast to have this week should really help to get things going.

Tight Lines….

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