After a great start to the springer season in April on the Upper Rogue, the bite has slowed through the first half of May. Warm temperatures and fluctuating flows have had the salmon moving up river, but not biting along their way. As more fish arrive expect the bite to get slightly better for the second half of the month.
Upper Rogue– With cooler weather this weekend the bite has picked up slightly. A couple of boats reported finding limits of hatchery springers, but most were struggling to find a single bite each day. Eggs have generally been out fishing plugs, and mixing it up between the two can help entice that one or two bites each day. Back bouncing eggs or egg/shrimp combos in the main holes has been producing the most fish. Divers have also been productive, but not quite as much as back bouncing. Most boats have been starting early as the bite has been tapering off before 10am each morning. Those fishing from the bank have been doing best at the Hatchery Hole because the fish have been shooting straight upriver before stacking up there. A large percentage of the springers have been hatchery, but that percentage will start to go down as we get into June. All wild salmon must be released. Anglers are also encouraged to call the T.I.P. line (1-800-452-7888) to report anyone seen attempting to snag, and keeping snagged and/or wild fish.
Middle Rogue– The bite has generally been very slow on the Middle Rogue. The most productive spots have been at the Hayes Falls/Gold Nugget area. A few fish have also been caught around the old Gold Ray dam site. These spots should continue to produce fish through June.
Lower Rogue– Warm temperatures and low water have slowed the bite on the Lower Rogue. A few fish are still being caught, and Thursday was reported as a decent day. Switching up from the usual Rogue Bait Rig to straight spinners can sometimes help produce a bite in the warmer water. All wild salmon must be released until June 1st when it opens to the harvest of wild fish.