Rogue River Fishing Report – 7/18

The hot weather we’ve had thus far hasn’t hampered the bite at all on the Rogue River. In fact the bite has been the best it’s been all year in a few stretches. From fall salmon, to late springers, to summer steelhead the bite has been on.

Upper Rogue– The last two weeks has seen the strongest bite of the year on the Upper Rogue for springers above Dodge Bridge. The catch has been mostly wild salmon that must be released, but the action is there as long as you mind not being able to take a fish home. For those wanting to keep salmon, the stretch below Dodge Bridge is now open to the retention of wild salmon. Most of the pressure has been in this area due to that fact. The early summer steelhead run has also made their presence known with a big early showing. Most anglers have been catching them accidentally while salmon fishing, but those targeting them have had great days. The steelhead are spread throughout the entire stretch of river. From a boat anglers have had the best success back bouncing eggs and pulling bait wrapped plugs for salmon, and for steelhead pulling small plugs. Bank anglers have had the best luck either drifting eggs or fishing them under a float for salmon, and casting spoons or spinners for steelhead. The best fishing has been in the early mornings or late evenings due to the hot weather. As of July 16th 6,984 springers and 503 summer steelhead have enter the hatchery. Flows are hovering just above 1,500 cfs.

Steelhead fishing on the Rogue River
Jeff shows off an early summer steelhead caught with guide Steven Theel of S.O. Chrome Guide Service on Thursday.

Middle Rogue– Most of the action on the Middle Rogue has been between Fishers Ferry and Valley of the Rogue State Park. Anglers are still finding a few late springers, but most of the action has been with summer steelhead. Plugs, spinners, and spoons has been catching the most fish as the early steelhead are typically very aggressive.

Lower Rogue– With 100 degree temperatures in the valley, the early fall salmon are starting to hold in the Lower Rogue Bay. Fishing has been a bit hit and miss, but most boats are averaging 1 to 4 fish a day. There have been a lot of jacks around, but a few larger fish in the mid-30’s have also been caught. As long as the hot weather continues, look for the fishing to only get better as more fish stack up in the bay. Trolling Rogue Bait Rigs with an anchovy is the go-to method, but straight spinners also work. Green is the favorite color.

Fall salmon fishing on the Lower Rogue Bay
Max caught this 36 pound fall salmon on Monday while trolling the Lower Rogue Bay. – Photo By: Jot’s Resort

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