Another week of summer weather is ahead, but that shouldn’t deter anyone from doing some fishing. You’ll want to avoid the hot afternoons, but the morning and evening bites are still going strong.
Upper Rogue – Most of the action has switched over from springers to summer steelhead as we continue to experience one of the best early returns since 1984. For steelhead anglers are having the most luck on small plugs, while spinners and spoons also producing quite a few fish. Flies under a bobber will also work, however, they become better latter in the year when the water starts to cool down. Both mornings and evenings have been producing equally well. Those wanting to still target salmon are focusing below Dodge Bridge and beginning Wednesday it closes to salmon fishing above that. Large plugs or back bounced eggs in the deep holes are working best. As of the 18th 1,036 summer steelhead and 8,109 springers have reached the collection pond at the hatchery. There have also been over 700 steelhead recycled the past two weeks.
Middle Rogue - Things have been pretty slow in the middle stretch of the Rogue. A few salmon and steelhead are being caught in the Gold Hill area, but not many. Things could pick up soon though as last weeks cool weather allowed the fall salmon to push upstream. Look for catches to start picking up near Rainie Falls and below Grants Pass in the next couple of weeks.
Lower Rogue - Catches have picked up slightly the past week, with the afternoon incoming tides being best. Instead of just 6-10 fish a day for the entire bay, we’re now seeing 1-3 fish a boat on the good bites. Trolling Rogue Bait Rigs with an anchovy is the go-to setup. If we experience another cool down in the valley the bite will move upriver.