Southern Oregon Fishing Report 5/11

I hope you’ve got your sunblock for this weekend, as it’s going to be a scorcher. It’s going to feel a lot like summer with temperatures going over 90 degrees, and the fishing shouldn’t be half bad either.

Salmon & Steelhead

This big wild sprigner fell to back bounced eggs by
guides Brady Rogers and Charlie Brown

Upper Rogue – The upper stretch of the Rogue has been in great shape all week, and will continue to be well into the upcoming one. Flows out of Lost Creek Dam are hovering right around 3000cfs which is perfect for springer fishing. The salmon have definitely started to show up, and a few are being caught in all the usual holes. Roe has been outproducing plugs, but look for the plug bite to start picking up as the water warms. Bank anglers are fairing best at the Hatchery Hole in the early mornings. 38 springers have entered the hatchery as of this week. A few winter steelhead are around as well, but most are spawning and should be left alone.

Middle Rogue – Decent reports have come from Rainie Falls and Hayes Falls this week, as big pushes of fish have moved through. The springers are shooting up river, so fishing has been spotty. Sitting in a travel lane trying to intercept them is the best bet.

Lower Rogue – Springer fishing continues to be very good from Elephant Rock to Foster Bar. Those fishing in 4-8ft of water have been consistently picking up fish as they make their way up river. The top producer continues to be a Rogue Bait Rig with an anchovy and some combination of green and gold spinner. Brad’s Cut Plugs have also been reported as working.

Trout

A view from near the north boat ramp thanks to
the Diamond Lake Resort

Diamond Lake – The Diamond Lake Resort has reported that the ice hasn’t quite all melted, but boats were able to push through the slush to open water. The rest of the ice will be melting fast, and anglers should find excellent fishing. Target the shallower areas with PowerBait just off the bottom for the best success.

Howard Prairie – Anglers have reported some good success the past week. Both trolling and still fishing have been producing. A lot of the fish are in the 10-12inch range, but a few larger holdovers are in the mix as well.

Tight Lines….

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