Have you had enough of the heat yet? Even if you may not be enjoying the heat wave we’re having here in Southern Oregon, the fish don’t seem to be minding one bit. From the bottom to the top of the Rogue, there’s fish to be caught and the stable weather has them on the bite.
Salmon & Steelhead
Upper Rogue - The entire upper stretch of the Rogue has been good the past week for both late springers and early summer steelhead. For those wanting to target springers, Dodge Bridge to Tou Velle is the best bet simply because the majority of the catch is now wild fish, and that’s the only stretch harvest is allowed. There are fresh hatchery fish still moving up however, so above Dodge Bridge is an option, especially if you don’t mind catching and releasing. With the warming water the plug bite has really picked up, but back bounced eggs continue to produce as well. If you’re wanting to target the summer steelhead, anywhere on the upper river is good. Spinners, spoons, and plugs are the top producers, but flies and small bits of roe or shrimp will also get bit. These early fish are extremely aggressive, so just about any presentation will work. You also don’t have to get up early to get into them. Some of the best fishing occurs in the evening as the sun leaves the water. As of July 9th 7,725 springers and 839 summer steelhead had entered the collection pond at the hatchery.
Middle Rogue -With the river reaching near bathtub type temperatures the fish have been rather lock jawed lately. However, there are still plenty of late springers, and early summer steelhead moving through. Early mornings are going to be best, and target the deeper holes for salmon, and the riffles for summer steelhead.
Lower Rogue - The bay fishery for fall kings got its start this past weekend, and things should continue to pick up as long as the heat wave continues. Trolling Rogue Bait Rigs with an anchovy has been producing 6-10 fish a day this week, with a few fish over 35lbs in the mix. That’s definitely not great, but considering it’s still the first half of July, things are looking good. The bay fishery usually starts to peak in August.
Diamond Lake - Trout fishing has slowed down even more recently as the temperatures have climbed. Slow trolling wooly buggers, or fishing night crawlers under a bobber will be best. The $1000 tagged fish was also caught recently.
Applegate Lake has been the best local place to get into trout recently. Plenty of legal sized fish have been getting caught near the dam and up around the Seattle Bar area. Still fishing from the bank, or trolling from a boat have been best.