Southern Oregon Fishing Report 4/6

Well we finally had a week of relatively little precipitation. However, the rivers are still mostly on the high and muddy side making things difficult. There is one bright spot for winter steelhead though, and you just have to head high to find it.

Guide Charlie “Steelhead” Brown has been nailing
the winter steelhead on the new Mag Lips 3.5

Upper Rogue – The high water has made the very upper section of the Rogue come alive with winter steelhead to start the month of April. Even with outflows hovering around 4500cfs, the first 3 days of the month saw some ridiculous catches, including double digits for a few people. Most of the effort has been from the Chief Hole and up, but it’s fishable all the way down to Shady Cove now. Bank anglers seem to be having the most success out of everyone. Sitting in the hatchery hole and letting the fish come to you has been producing multiple fish days for just about everyone. Fly fishing, drifting roe, and spoons have all been working. Boat fishermen have also been having the most luck by anchoring up in travel lanes with plugs. The steelhead are definitely on the move, and waiting for them to come to you is better than moving around a lot. As of the 29th of March 1,215 winter steelhead have entered the hatchery.

TJ Orton and friends show just how good the fishing has been in this video:

Middle Rogue – The middle part of the Rogue has remained unfishable all week. If the turbidity drops below 12 you’ll be able to find a few steelhead no matter what the flows are still at. After the storm 2 weeks ago guide Rob Yuen had an 8 fish day even with flows being around 6000cfs. The turbidity level looks to be dropping very slowly, so it will probably still be a few days before it gets down to a fishable level.The first springers should be getting caught any day as well.

Lower Rogue – Much the middle section, the lower Rogue has been unfishable. When it does drop back into shape look for springer catches to start improving drastically.

Applegate – The Applegate is now closed to all fishing.

Chetco – The Chetco is now closed to all fishing.


The Expo Ponds, Lost Creek Lake, Willow Lake, Emigrant Lake, and Lake Selmac are all scheduled to receive a stocking of trout later this week. The stockings are scheduled to take place sometime between the 9th and 15th. Right after they get stocked is a great time to catch plenty of fish. The trout are typically very aggressive, and will hit a variety of lures. Small spinners, PowerBait, and XFactor Tackle Miracle Worms will all bring fish to hand.

XFactor Tackle

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