Southern Oregon Fishing Report – 4/10

Summer feels like it has finally arrived in the Rogue Valley as temperatures reached the 80’s this past week. The warm weather has made for beautiful days of fishing no matter what was happening with the bite. This weekend is looking to be great for getting the family out, as weather forecasts are calling for more of the same until Tuesday.

Upper Rogue– Winter steelhead season is hitting it’s peak, however, the bite hasn’t been reflecting that. Most anglers are having to work hard for 1 or 2 chances a day during what is typically the easiest time to find a limit on the Upper Rogue. With the warm sunny weather, and low, clear flows the best bite has been early in the morning. The steelhead have been biting a wide range of lures and baits with no one thing out producing another. Some anglers have reported finding the bellies of their steelhead full of stoneflies, so a bead-head ugly bug may be the best choice. Outflows from Lost Creek Dam rose to just over 1,650 cfs last night, which is up from 1,400 cfs. That should help the bite and get the fish back on the move. No springers have been reported to be caught yet, but the first one should happen any day. The first one was found in the hatchery collection pond Tuesday morning. As of April 8th, 1935 winter steelhead and 1 springer had entered the hatchery.

Upper Rogue River Fishing for winter steelhead
Steven Theel shows off a nice double stripe buck caught on the Upper Rogue recently with guide Phil Tripp of Phil Tripp’s Guide Service.

Middle Rogue– Some decent reports came from below Grants Pass for winter steelhead this week. However, the run is starting to wind down in this section of river and the good days will start to become less common. A lot of down river fish are also in the mix, and these should be released as their meat isn’t in good shape anymore. A few reports of springers being caught at Rainie Falls are still coming in, as well as a few at Hayes Falls. With river temperatures in the mid-50’s the springers will be moving through this section extremely fast.

Lower Rogue– Springer season is in full swing in the Lower Rogue, and there were a few good days this week. Conditions have been good so far in April, and with another series of good tides next week, catches should remain strong. Anchoring in 4-8 feet of water with an anchovy on a Rogue Bait Rig has been best. Plunkers are also catching fish close to shore with large Spin N Glows.

South Umpqua– The winter steelhead run seems to be winding down, as conditions were good on Monday, but the bite was a little slow near Canyonville. A lot of the steelhead are still extremely fresh and bright, so we could see another shot of action if the river rises again. Most anglers have switched their focus to springers in the lower river however.

Umpqua River Fishing for Winter Steelhead
Scott shows off a chrome winter steelhead caught last week on the South Umpqua with guide Steven Theel of S.O. Chrome Guide Service.

The Applegate and Chetco Rivers are now closed to fishing as of April 1st.


Diamond Lake– The lake is roughly 50% ice free and the first good bite of the year happened on Tuesday with multiple limits caught. The bite reportedly slowed down again on Wednesday, but with more warm weather in the forecast the trout should remain very active.

Expo Ponds– The Expo Ponds are scheduled to receive another stocking of 1500 legal sized trout this week. That should help to pick back up the bite which had slowed recently. Small spinners work best right after the fish have been stocked, with PowerBait working best a few days after.


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