Southern Oregon Fishing Report – June 21st

Now that it’s officially Summer, Mother Nature is throwing us a curve ball weather wise. Instead of 90 degress, the high temperature is going to be around 20 degrees cooler than it was today with a chance of rain. A weather change that dramatic could easily through off the bite for the entire weekend everywhere around the valley. That’s not good news with the Black Bird 5000 Derby being held Saturday.

Salmon & Steelhead

The majority of the springer catch has been wild fish on the
upper Rogue like this one by guide Charlie Brown.

Upper Rogue – The springer run is now on the back half. However, the run is also the highest since 2004. There are still plenty of hatchery and wild springers being caught, and the summer steelhead are also now in the upper river in plentiful numbers to target them. The best bet for anglers is still to target the salmon in the deeper holes, but running small plugs in the traditional steelhead riffles will also pay off. For those targeting the salmon, back bouncing has still been out producing plugs. The weather system moving in tomorrow will most likely turn off the bite for the weekend, but things should pick back up during the week. As of June 18th 4,805 springers and 93 summer steelhead have returned to the hatchery, and over 2,000 of those springers have been recycled.

Middle Rogue – Late springers have started to stack up in the middle Rogue area, and a few summer steelhead are also being caught. With the retention of wild salmon allowed below the Gold Ray dam site, more anglers are starting to target this stretch. For salmon, back bouncing roe has been producing best, while those tossing spinners and spoons have been finding the steelhead. Just like the upper river, the bite will most likely turn off for the weekend, and pick back up during the week.

Guide Don Grieve has been finding a few
salmon on the middle Rogue

Lower Rogue – On the lower Rogue the salmon bite has been pretty slow. The river temperature has been too high for a decent bite upriver, while too cool to hold fish in the bay. With the weather system moving in, the river could cool down, but if it’s enough to turn on the bite will have to be seen.


Diamond Lake – The Black Bird 5000 Derby is this Saturday, and fishing most likely will be on the slow side. Big weather changes like what we are forecast to experience generally put trout off the bite. Still fishing with dough baits will most likely out produce trolling, but slow trolling night crawlers or flies may also produce decent catches. If the bite is slow, more averaged size fish could place in the money this year.

Tight Lines….

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