Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 2017, Fishing Report for the Elk and Sixes River, Port Orford

The Elk river at the Elk river hatchery.
After a few days of sunshine, it has started to rain here on the southern Oregon coast. Charlie and I took a look at both the Elk and Sixes rivers yesterday afternoon. We spoke to an employee at the Elk River hatchery and he reported that the salmon smolt are ready to be released and they are just waiting for the river to come up. The ideal level is 2 feet and usually a cumulative total of 6 inches of rain (over several days) is enough. The release of the smolt coincides with the 1st adult king salmon moving into the river. The next few days of rain may be enough to bring fish into the rivers, but if not, there are more storms forcasted in the very near future. As you can see the Elk and Sixes are low and clear (great for viewing the terrain of the river bottom and studying the deep holes where salmon settle), but, as we know, these natural rain fed rivers can change quickly often in a matter of days, or hours to fishable levels.  We will keep you posted...

For the most current Elk river fishing report call 541.332.0405. 


The falls at the Elk river put-in.

The Elk river.
The gauge on the Sixes river.
The Sixes river.

For more information about steelhead fishing on the Rogue or salmon fishing on the Elk and Sixes call 541.326.9486 or Contact Us.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

We have been away from the office for a few weeks...


October 17, 2017 

After a very busy salmon and steelhead season we took the opportunity to take some time off to float the wild and scenic section of the lower Rogue river with friends and family.  


The lower Rogue is one of the most scenic rivers in Oregon and offers fun whitewater, pristine camping and great hikes along the Rogue River Trail.  Pictured above, is the wooden boat used by author and angler Zane Grey in 1925 as he explored the Rogue with 9 other adventurers. With my fellow 9 adventurers we enjoyed the "wildness" of the river too encountering black bear, otters, seals, eagles, ouzels, waterfalls, deep canyons and lush wilderness.



While scouting Rainie Falls we observed (and caught one on video) numerous salmon and steelhead still headed upstream to their spawning beds. 

Our dedicated guides who stayed behind to hold down the fort while we were away have been targeting steelhead on the upper Rogue, side drifting yarn and fishing flies under a float. There are plenty of fresh steelhead in the upper river. 

October is a time of transition in our fishing season (and our lives).  We are now at the tail end of salmon fishing on the middle Rogue and have started our move to the southern Oregon coast waiting in eager anticipation for the 1st big storms, which will kick off salmon season here on the Elk and Sixes rivers. 

Charlie and I have begun to set up house on the coast and enjoyed a sunny calm morning paddling the Pacific.  

We will be fishing for steelhead for the next few months on the upper Rogue, with the 1st 2 weeks of November being some of the most fun and productive. And we will be fishing for king salmon on the southern Oregon coast, soon, through the beginning of the year.                                                               


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Year-Round Fishing for Salmon & Steelhead on Southern Oregon's Rivers


October Salmon and Steelhead Fishing Report for Southern Oregon, Rogue, Sixes & Elk Rivers.

Rogue River Report - Salmon
October 1st brings changes to the fishing regulations here on the Rogue river. Salmon fishing is allowed below Hog Creek, which is located downriver from the town of Merlin, west of Grants Pass. 

Fishing regulations change this time of year to protect spawning salmon. Salmon return to spawn where they hatched, and the upper sections of the Rogue right are now filled with salmon sitting on their redds, preparing for this event. Lower sections of the Rogue (near Merlin/Grants Pass) still have salmon returning, and not yet spawning, having entered the river mouth a bit later than their upstream cousins. 

Rogue River Report - Summer Steelhead
Summer steelhead fishing on the upper and middle Rogue river continues and steelhead are fresh and chrome bright (as you can see in the photos above). Guides are fishing for steelhead on the upper river using flies under a float or nymphing with fly gear and on the middle Rogue they are side-drifting yarn and bait. On November 1st, we will again be allowed to use bait and lures on the upper river.



With the onset of fall, wildlife has been on the move, migrating from higher elevations down to the river.  Last week, while salmon fishing in Gold Hill Nate captured this black bear on the river bank. 

Port Orford Fishing Report - Sixes & Elk Rivers
Charlie and I enjoyed a few days on the southern Oregon coast last week reconnecting with friends in our home away from home, Port Orford. We found a nice "guide" house to rent for the winter and will be moving in on October 15th. We are counting the days for the Elk and Sixes to again be teeming with fresh from the ocean salmon and steelhead.  These "creeks" will only need a few storms to become rivers again. And, well, if you can count on anything in Oregon...its rain!  

We think these twin rivers offer some of the best fall salmon fishing in Oregon, let alone the Oregon coast. 

Hopefully soon we will be posting coastal salmon pictures for 2017-2018, but for now here are a few that we caught last year.


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To book a trip or for a current fishing report contact us online or call 541.326.9486