Low & Clear Still Producing

Last week we had our first taste of Spring in 2013, and although the temperatures were quite high, the fishing cooled off. With no precipitation, the rivers have continued to drop and clear making conditions a little tough for winter steelhead. However, that doesn’t mean fish aren’t being caught. Anglers have moved farther down in the systems, and are still picking up a few steelhead daily, with the occasional good day.

Early last week I had the opportunity to fish the South Umpqua with guide Brady Rogers. The river had really started to drop and clear by then, and fishing was a little slow. We still managed to find three fish that day, including my personal best steelhead.

15lb South Umpqua Winter Steelhead
The last hole of the day produced my biggest steelhead to date thanks to guide Brady Rogers.

This week, the spring weather has disappeared, but we still haven’t had any precipitation. The river levels have stayed constant, but are still on the low side. Both the Middle Rogue and South Umpqua are still managing to kick out winter steelhead though.

Winter Steelhead from the South Umqua
Guide Charlie “Steelhead” Brown has been catching winter steelhead on the South Umpqua this week.
Middle Rogue Winter Steelhead
When he’s not building rods, Josh Terry of Chrome Seeker Custom Rods also knows how to put the hurt on some Southern Oregon steelhead.

There is some good news on the horizon. Rain is forecast for this weekend, and all the rivers are expected to take a nice jump up. This will give Southern Oregon anglers a much needed shot of fresh fish. I would expect the fishing to be excellent next week as the rivers drop, and we start to get into March. It should also jump start the Upper Rogue and Applegate fisheries as well.

Tight Lines….

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