Friday, March 16, 2018

Upper Rogue River Fishing - Good Reports for Both Steelhead and Salmon

I have added a Rogue River Fishing Report page to our website. I have been monitoring reports and gauges closely and survey our guides daily on current river conditions and catches.

Yesterday, Charlie and Johnny fished the Applegate river, a tributary of the Rogue, and landed a few wiley native winter steelhead. The river was low and clear and fished best in the lower section nearest the Rogue (Grants Pass).

Yesterday, the Army Corp of Engineers reported that 75 winter steelhead have entered the Cole M. Rivers Hatchery in the last 7 days, taking the number from 25 to 100. Winter steelhead fishing has been good in the lower and middle river and it looks like a decent number of fish have arrived in the upper Rogue near Shady Cove-Medford.  

The most recent fishing report for southwest Oregon by ODFW also reported a few spring king Chinook salmon have been caught in the lower river near the coast. Salmon should be in the upper river in a month or so. We'll keep you posted.  

Headed to the river...will report back soon. -Rochelle

March 17, 2017

Charlie and I fished the Hatchery to Shady Cove. The water below Big Butte Creek was perfect steelhead green, above the creek it was very clear. There were several boats on the river and bank anglers in the usual spots. We also noticed boats near Dodge Bridge as we headed to the top, but the river seemed a bit murkier in this section. 

We hooked into several nice winter steelhead and this is the one we took home.  He gave a good fight.