The Rogue Valley has seen much cooler weather lately, and it has both helped and hurt the fishing depending on where you are. Here’s a look at how things have been recently around Southern Oregon…
Upper Rogue – Salmon fishing closed on August 1st above Dodge Bridge. It remains open for steelhead however, and any type of gear is legal. It doesn’t switch over to flies only until Sept. 1st. Below Dodge Bridge it is still open for salmon and wild fish may be kept. The bite picked up during the cooler weather, but has started to taper off slightly as we warm back up. For salmon both back bouncing eggs, and pulling wrapped KwikFish have been producing equally well depending on the day. Those targeting steelhead have had the best luck running small plugs through the shallower riffles. 475 summer steelhead have entered the hatchery as of July 31st. Boaters are also warned about Rattle Snake Rapids between Dodge Bridge and Tou Velle State Park. A boat flipped there recently, and it’s not a rapid you want to try at these flows without having someone experienced along.
Middle Rogue – Most anglers have been avoiding the Middle Rogue. The fall salmon haven’t arrived yet, and the summer steelhead are mostly shooting into the upper river. That will be changing in the next couple of weeks however, as the first schools of fall Kings arrive. The cooler weather this week dropped the river temperature enough to draw the salmon out of the bay, so it won’t be long before anglers start to concentrate around Gold Hill and below Grants Pass.
Lower Rogue – The cooler weather turned off what had been a great bite during the end of July. The river temperature has dropped 8 degrees, which has made the fall salmon start to move up river. There are still fish being caught however, with Anchovies on a Rogue Bait Rig being the most popular bait. There have also been quite a few larger fish caught this year, with plenty of fish in the 30 pound range.
Brookings – Brookings has been the best port for salmon fishing in Oregon so far this year. Catches have been phenomenal at times, but a little slower recently. The wind has made it hard for boats to get out this week, but the forecast is calling for better conditions this coming week.