Southern Oregon Fishing Report 5/25

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and although the weather isn’t looking good, the fishing is. No matter where you plan to escape to this weekend, you should be able to find at least a few fish biting.

Salmon & Steelhead

Guide Charlie “Steelhead” Brown put Phil Tripp
on these chrome springers for his birthday.

Upper Rogue –  This past week has seen a huge push of springers into the upper Rogue. Counts at the hatchery went from 33 springers to almost 900 in the last week. That bodes well for this weekend as fish will be stacked up in most of the holes. Bank anglers have been doing best from Casey State Park up to the Hatchery. Boat anglers are finding most of their fish between the Hatchery and Shady Cove, but a few are being caught between Shady Cove and Tou Velle Park as well. Back bouncing roe or fishing it behind a diver have been best, but KwikFish are also producing a few springers. The first summer steelhead have also arrived, with a few being caught on spoons and small plugs. These fish are generally very aggressive and can be caught on a large assortment of lures. All wild salmon and steelhead must be released.

Middle Rogue – Fishing for springers has slowed a little overall, but fish are still present. Hayes Falls has been the most consistent spot as fish continue to be caught every day. Things will pick back up as we start to get into June, and the water warms forcing fish to hold up in the holes. Wild salmon may be kept below the old Gold Ray Dam site beginning June 1st.

Lower Rogue – Springers continue to be caught in the lower 8 miles of the river, but the catch is mostly wild fish now. Retention of wild salmon doesn’t begin until June 1st, so these fish must be released. The water temperature has been dropping which will help improve the bite. Both Rogue Bait Rigs and spinners have been producing.

Trout

Diamond Lake and Howard Prairie will be the best two lakes to chase after trout this weekend. Both lakes have been producing limits for anglers fishing in less than 20 feet of water. Still fishing with PowerBait has been the best, but trolling is also producing a few fish.

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