2013 has been a bit of an up and down year for fall salmon on the Rogue. The fishing was fantastic early with a big push of salmon arriving the second half of August to the Middle and Upper river. However, the first half of September saw things slow down due to the 100 degree days here in the valley. Despite the tougher bite we were still able to find some nice fish, with the average size quite large this year.
The recent fall rains have helped tremendously with the bite the last few days. The water has cooled and raised slightly which got rid of some of the lock jaw that most of the salmon have had. Plugs have been slightly out fishing eggs, but you’ll definitely want to bring both along and figure out what they want that particular day. Fishing should remain decent for the rest of the season, as the hot weather has left us for the rest of the year.
The season wraps up on the Middle Rogue above Hog Creek boat ramp at the end of the month. Currently a lot of the salmon are starting to get too dark to be good table fair. Bucks will always be in better shape inside than hens, and the farther down stream you move the better chance you’ll have of getting into fresher fish.
The lower Rogue Bay has also been kicking out some nice fall kings and silvers lately. There has been a mix of late run wild kings as well as Indian Creek hatchery fish that have been providing action to those trolling the bay. The silvers have just started to show up, and the peak for them is typically the first two weeks of October.