Free Fishing Weekend 2012

This weekend is the annual free fishing weekend here in Oregon. On June 9th and 10th you don’t need to have a fishing license to get outside and experience this great Oregon tradition, however, you do still have to follow all the current regulations and limits. This weekend is a great time to take a beginner, or someone who has maybe lost touch with the water.

Here’s  how the fishing will be looking, as well as a list of special events that will be hosted by the ODFW. You can find a compete listing of events from around the state here: ODFW Free Fishing Weekend

Sarah caught here first salmon ever Thursday with guide
Charlie “Steelhead” Brown on the upper Rogue.

Salmon & Steelhead 

Upper Rogue – The springer bite fell off somewhat this week with the storm that moved in Monday. The unstable weather, along with the slight rise in the river had most boats only scratching out a fish or two. Luckily things are stabilizing just in time for the weekend, and the bite already seems to be picking back up today. Boats have been doing best with roe both back bounced and behind a diver. The KwikFish bite has been pretty slow all year, but a few were caught yesterday on wrapped k13x’s and k15’s. For bank anglers the best fishing has been occurring between Casey State Park and the Hatchery Hole. A few summer steelhead are being caught, but there still aren’t enough around to start targeting them just yet. As of May 31st 2,646 springers and 19 summer steelhead have returned to the hatchery, and quite a few of those springers have been recycled back down to the Gold Hill boat ramp the last two weeks. Anglers are reminded that all wild salmon must be released.

Middle Rogue – Springer fishing remains fairly spotty, but a few places like Hayes Falls have seen some great action recently. A strong push of late springers, and recent recycling’s from the hatchery, have been what’s turned the fishing on there. Wild salmon may also now be retained below the old Gold Ray Dam site, so anglers can now keep what has been the majority of their catch.

Lower Rogue – The weather conditions that turned the bite off on the upper Rogue, have done just the opposite on the lower 8 miles of the river. With the river cooling down the bite has picked up for the late run springers. Rogue Bait Rigs with an anchovy continue to be the top producer.

I fished with guide Brady Roger of Brady’s River Tours yesterday and he put us on
3 fish in 3 passes. Unfortunately this was the only one we got to the boat.


A huge amount of events will be hosted around the state at many of the lakes and ponds this weekend. Fishing has been fairly good around the region with most of the action coming in 15-20ft of water. Here’s a look at the events taking place in our area…

  • Diamond Lake – June 9th from 8am – 2pm
  • Expo Ponds – June 9th from 9am – 2pm
  • Fish Lake – June 9th for kids 16 and under from 9am – noon
  • Hyatt Lake – June 9th from 9am – 3pm
  • Lake Selmac – June 9th from 9am – 3pm

Bass & Panfish

Hopefully the weather will have stabilized enough to have the warm water fish back on the bite for the weekend.  Many of the local lakes and ponds such as Agate Lake, Expo Ponds, Hoover Ponds, and Emigrant Lake offer great bass and panfish fishing that can provide a great family outing.

Tight Lines….

XFactor Tackle

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