Winter Steelhead Set to Take Off

After experiencing the driest calendar year ever in 2013, Southern Oregon is finally poised to receive some much needed rain. Many rivers such as the Chetco have reached all time lows for this time of year. Luckily all of the area rivers are forecast to make dramatic rises as long as the storm hits us as expected.

Southern Oregon River Levels
The Umpqua, Chetco, and Rogue are all supposed to rise from this weekends storm.

Expect all of the rivers to drop fast after the rain, and most likely be in shape by early next week. The ground is extremely dry, which will soak up most of the precipitation making the rivers drop and clear faster than normal for this time of year.

The winter steelhead have been stacking up in the lower stretches of all the rivers, and places like the lower Umpqua have been experiencing great fishing in the low water because of it. With the rivers rising, the steelhead will finally be able to shoot upstream, bringing them closer to Rogue Valley Anglers. Expect the South Umpqua, the Rogue below Grants Pass, and the Chetco to be the hot spots when they start to drop. The smaller coastal rivers will also be fishing great.

Umpua River winter steelhead
One of many winter steelhead we hooked on a recent trip to the lower Umpqua.

If the storm doesn’t materialize this weekend, expect more of the same. You will have to head low on the bigger rivers like the Rogue and Umpqua to find winter steelhead.

Tight Lines….


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