Southern Oregon Fishing Report 5/4

May has finally arrived, and it’s brought some great fishing with it. Whether you’re looking to tussle with a big, chrome spring chinook, chase some crappie for a good pan fry, or escape the valley in search of a high mountain trout, now is the time to get out.

Salmon & Steelhead

Guide Charlie “Steelhead” Brown found
this hatchery springer Wednesday on
the upper Rogue

Upper Rogue – Outflows have been dropping by about 10% a day, and that has helped to keep the fishing good, despite a transition in runs. Late winter steelhead continue to show up, and there’s still plenty being caught. Springers are starting to show them selves, and while a few have started to be picked up, they’re still not here in great numbers. That leaves anglers with a hard choice between the two. My recommendation is to still target the winter steelhead, but up size your gear. That will leave you with plenty of action, and you’ll still be able to handle a springer if one takes your steelhead offering. Look for springer fishing to start improving this week with the temperature rising, and the flows dropping. All wild chinook must be released.

Middle Rogue – Fishing for springers has been fairly slow this week with the high flows. However, a few reports came in the last couple of days of fish being caught at places like Hayes Falls, and below Grants Prass. Flows are predicted to fall below 4,000cfs at Gold Ray by Tuesday which could really get the fishery going. All wild chinook must be released.

Lower Rogue – Springer fishing has really turned on this week, with most boats hooking into multiple fish. Most of the action has been from Elephant Rock to Foster Bar by both boats and bankies. The top producer continues to be a Rogue Bait Rig with an anchovy with some combination of green & gold blades. Fishing should continue to stay good through the rest of the month. Anglers are reminded that all wild chinook must be released until next month.

Tom Olson and Paul LeFebvre with a beautiful lower Rogue hatchery springer


Diamond Lake Resort reported that there were many
happy anglers during opening weekend

Diamond Lake – Opening day anglers were greeted by an ice covered lake, and most were able to find a few trout below it. About a 150 anglers hit the lake, and a few were able to find their 8 fish limit. With temperatures forecast to go over 80 degrees this week in the valley, be sure to give the Diamond Lake Resort a call for the latest ice conditions 541-793-3333.

Howard Prairie – The trout fishing opener at Howard was a bit slower than at Diamond. There were fish caught, but anglers were scratching by to find even a few. Things should pick up as the water warms up this week.

Bass & Panfish

This week is looking like it could be a great time to hit the local lakes and ponds for some warm water fishing. Both the bass and crappie have already started to come on the bite, and with temperatures forecast to go over 80 degrees things should really be picking up.

Tight Lines…. 

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