The day after Halloween brings one of the most anticipated days of the year for Rogue Valley steelhead fishermen. In 2 days the Upper Rogue ends it’s 2 month long flies only season, and opens back up for bait and lures.
Beginning Friday November 1st the Upper Rogue opens to bait fishing above the Shady Cove boat ramp. From the Shady Cove boat ramp down to Fishers Ferry ramp it is still closed to the use of bait, however, it is legal to use any artificial lure. Soft plastics are still considered bait in Oregon, however scents are not.
For the last two months the summer steelhead sitting in the Upper Rogue have seen nothing but the same flies over and over again. This typically makes the opening day great no matter the conditions because they readily strike the first bait of eggs or shiny spoon they see. The best bets for the opening day will be side drifting eggs or fishing eggs under a bobber in the section above Shady Cove. Below Shady Cove anglers will find the best success throwing spinners and spoons or pulling plugs.
Outflows are currently sitting around 1,170 cfs and 43 degrees. With virtually no rain through October conditions will be low, cold, and clear. The steelhead are barely moving upstream, and the hatchery has only been receiving about 50 fish a week. This will most likely make the bite drop off dramatically after the first day or two. Luckily for anglers there is a weather system moving in Saturday or Sunday that could produce some much needed rain. Just how wet things will get are still uncertain, but anything could be enough to stir the fish up and get them moving.
Recommended Guide: Steven Theel of S.O. Chrome Guide Service