Thursday, May 2, 2013

Oregon's Rogue River Fishing Guide's Report

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With the unusual winter/spring conditions, the fish runs of both steelhead and salmon have been affected.  

Winter steelhead are late returning to the top and are still in the river.  2232 winter steelhead are in the hatchery so far.  

Also an earlier that expected run of big spring kings (Chinook salmon), with 46 already in the hatchery.  

It was a real surprise to see summer run steelhead in the hatchery already, 4 as of this week.  Summer steelhead usually show up in June/July.  

This is the 1st time that I can remember when you can target all 3 when fishing.  

Many other rivers in the region including the Umpqua are already getting too warm and too low to fish for Chinook so the colder temperatures of the upper Rogue river is the ideal place to fish. Chinook will be headed straight to the headwaters. The water coming out of the dam from the bottom of Lost Creek Lake is always cold, currently a temp of 50 degrees with a current outflow of 1835 cfs.  

Early returns are usually indicative of a big run to come.