Update: Now that it’s the 2nd – Yes the “Too good to be true” report was an April Fools joke. Please don’t go chasing the report.
This morning I received a report that sounds all most too good to be true. We just started April, and already the springer madness has begun on the Upper Rogue with multiple limits being taken.
It’s normally the time of year for winter steelhead fishing to be on fire in the upper stretch, but low conditions have kept them bunched up in the Middle Rogue. Those same conditions have caused the springers to have lock jaw in the lower river and shoot up to the hatchery as fast as they can.
Yesterday Dom Ethans and friends ventured to the Hatchery Hole on the Rogue just hoping to hook into one of the few winter steelhead that have ventured up so far this year. Instead they found a much larger version of the chrome they were after. “They were everywhere in the hole. Everyone always says how the springers don’t bite in the upper river, but they were just hammering any eggs we threw out there” reported Dom. “We lost a lot of fish on the light steelhead gear, but we were able to land enough to take home a limit each.”
March limits of springers are a rarity even in the lower river, so to see them in the upper river already is hopefully a sign of good things to come. If this pace keeps up, we could easily see a record return to the Rogue this year.
With the rain last night, things could switch back to winter steelhead though. The rising river will make the steelhead shoot up river, and the springers hold up more downstream. Springer fishing could be great on the lower Rogue when it starts to drop.
Hopefully the springer madness on the Upper Rogue lasts past April 1st.