The weekend ahead is looking like a scorcher, but that shouldn’t stop you from hitting the river or lakes. The bites will be early and late, which will help to beat the heat.
Salmon & Steelhead
Upper Rogue – The upper stretch of the Rogue is making it’s yearly transition from salmon to steelhead. As of Wednesday salmon fishing closed above Dodge Bridge, while summer steelhead fishing remains open. The record early run has slowed its pace slightly, but there are still a lot of fish in the river. Plugs have been the top producer, but spinners, spoons, and flies are all producing as well. With the closure for salmon, the stretch above the Hwy 62 bridge is now also open until an hour after sunset instead of 7pm. For those wanting to target salmon, the stretch between Dodge Bridge and Tou Velle State Park is still producing fresh fish daily. Large KwikFish are outproducing eggs. As of July 31st 8,150 springers and 1,411 summer steelhead had entered the collection pond at the Hatchery. There have also been over 800 steelhead recycled down to Gold Hill so far this year.
Middle Rogue – Reports of fresh summer kings have started to come out of the Gold Hill area, and even below Grants Pass. These two areas will continue to improve throughout the month as the warm temperatures make the salmon hold in the deep holes. KwikFish are often the top producers as it can be hard to fish eggs with all the squawfish. A few summer steelhead are also being caught in the Gold Hill and Rogue River area.
Lower Rogue – The bay fishery still hasn’t taken off, as only a few fish are being caught every day. Reports have said that there are quite a few fish around, but they just aren’t biting. Most of the action has been on the afternoon tides when the river goes over 70 degrees. This weekend could change things however, as a heat wave moves into the valley this weekend. If river temperatures are constantly over 70 degrees the fish will be holding in the bay. Rogue Bait Rigs with an anchovy are the go-to setups for trolling.
Update 3:30pm: Word from the lower Rogue Bay this afternoon is that the bite has finally turned on. Fish have been consistently caught about every 20 mintues today, with the afternoon being even better. Rogue Bait Rigs, and straight spinners have both been producing.