Rogue River Fishing Report – 8/21

Fall salmon and summer steelhead are spread throughout the entire Rogue River and fishing has generally been good. Where you should head now depends more on what you would like to fish for, and which stretch of the river is your favorite.

Upper Rogue– Fall salmon have arrived to the Upper Rogue, and they are being caught below Dodge Bridge which is the deadline for salmon fishing. Several bright, and large salmon are being caught every day between Dodge Bridge and Fishers Ferry. Most of the action has been coming on eggs both back bounced and fished behind a diver. KwikFish are a distant second due mostly to a large amount of weeds in the water, especially below Tou Velle Park. Summer steelhead are spread throughout the entire Upper Rogue. The best action has been above Shady Cove, with the Tou Velle Park area the second best option. Bank anglers have been having the best luck tossing spinners and fly fishing, while those fishing from a boat have been doing well both pulling plugs and side drifting yarnies. Outflows from Lost Creek Dam have raised this week and are currently hovering around 1850cfs. As of August 12th 894 summer steelhead had returned to the hatchery.

Rogue River salmon fishing
Brothers Adam & Eric show off 1 of 4 fall salmon they hooked on the Upper Rogue Saturday with guide Steven Theel of S.O. Chrome Guide Service.

Middle Rogue– Action on the Middle Rogue has started to pick up for both fall salmon and summer steelhead. Most of the fish are being caught between Gold Hill and Rogue River. Pikeminnow can make fishing eggs tough in this area for salmon, but fish are still being caught on them as well as KwikFish. Most of the steelhead have been caught on smaller plugs.

Lower Rogue– The bite in the Lower Rogue Bay continues to be good most days, but is a little hit and miss. Temperatures upriver are still holding above 70 degrees which is keeping most of the fall salmon in the bay. They are milling around in the bay waiting for cooler temperatures, and anglers just have to be there when they come on the bite each day. Rogue Bait Rigs with an anchovy continue to be the top producer, but straight spinners are also producing a few fish. The first coho are also starting to show up and a few are being caught. Seining counts at Huntley Bar show that the lower river is currently loaded with half pounders and plenty of adult summer steelhead. Both are tracking well above the 10 year average. Target the riffles near Agness with worms, spinners, and flies to get into fish.

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