Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Heat of Summer Brings on the Bite!

Fishing in southern Oregon on the upper Rogue for salmon and steelhead at this time of year is our favorite! Who would have thought that the last day of June and 1st days of July we would be catching such fresh spring Chinook salmon. The spring salmon season here on the upper Rogue seemed to have started a bit later this year, mid May, and well, has not only continued, but the last few days we have been hooking and landing more salmon than in the early part of the season. 

As of yesterday, we are now able to keep both hatchery and native Chinook salmon below Dodge bridge, near Shady Cove. (You are still only allowed to keep hatchery salmon on the very upper Rogue from the hatchery to Dodge). We will be able to keep native and hatchery salmon at Dodge and below through August. Starting September 1st we can keep native fish below Gold Hill and October 1st the boundary moves to Hog Creek, just west of Grants Pass. These boundaries change to allow native salmon who are on their redds* to spawn undisturbed. 

For the most part we have been targeting salmon in our fishing efforts, but have also had some fun hooking into early returning, large, chrome and active summer steelhead, which is a good indicator of a decent sized steelhead return. In the next few weeks we should see an increase in the summer steelhead run and will also begin to see fall Chinook salmon arrive. Keep in mind that by September the steelhead will be in good numbers and September and October offer fly fishing only opportunities on the upper Rogue river.

For a current southern Oregon fishing report for the Rogue river or for more information about Rogue river fishing or our guided Rogue river fishing trips contact us anytime.


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A redd is a nest made of gravel where female salmon and steelhead deposit their eggs.  The female digs a depression in the gravel, she deposits the eggs, the eggs are immediately fertilized, and then she covers the eggs with gravel.