Winter Steel Warming Up

March has seen some amazing weather so far this year if you love to do anything outdoors, or are into bass fishing. If you’re more of a steelhead person though, it’s kept the winter steelhead run on the Rogue lagging behind. The lack of precipitation has kept the steelhead kegged up in the lower canyon, but the warm weather has helped keep what fish are moving up on the bite.

Jeff and I fished this last Wednesday with guide Rob Yuen of Secrets Guide Service below Grants Pass. A lot of the recent catch has been downriver fish, but luckily we found that a decent pod of hatchery chromers had moved up into the area. The action wasn’t fast and furious, but there was enough willing fish to keep us busy throughout the day. Side drifting eggs were the ticket.

Guide Rob Yuen Winter Steelhead

Hatchery Winter Steelhead from the Rogue

Netting a Rogue River Winter Steelhead

Another Rogue hatchery keeper

Jeff hooked up with a winter steelhead on the Rogue

Winter Steelhead with guide Rob Yuen

The days catch of Rogue River Winter Steelhead

With rain in the forecast the next two days, things could become red hot on the Rogue. There have been great reports coming out of the lower canyon, and if we get enough precipitation to move those fish up, things will really turn on.

Tight Lines….

Guide Rob YuenIf You’d like to book your own trip with Rob Yuen, he still has a few open dates this month. You can contact him through his website: Secret’s Guide Service or give him a call at (541) 479-2296

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