Sunday, April 22, 2018

Current Salmon and Steelhead Fishing Opportunities in Southwest Oregon

April 22, 2018. Since my last post we have seen quite a mix of weather. The good news is that Lost Creek Lake is full and with the welcome release of more water from the dam the Rogue is at a perfect level for steelhead and salmon fishing. 

Our guides and guests continue catching nice winter steelhead and we know very soon decent numbers of spring salmon will arrive here in the upper Rogue. We know this because spring Chinook fishing has recently turned on in the lower Rogue near Gold Beach and the first salmon have made it to the upper river.  
If you are interested in booking a guided salmon/steelhead trip our best and busiest months on the upper Rogue (near Medford-Ashland-Grants Pass) are May through September. The calendar is filling fast, so if you have a specific date in mind, I would suggest booking ahead.  

As is true of most southern Oregon springs, the variations in air and river temperatures, river levels and turbidity can be challenging for anglers, but the week ahead looks to be sunny, warm and a steady river level is predicted. 

It looks like a great time to get out and fish whether it be for a wiley winter steelhead or for the 1st spring Chinook king salmon of the year.

Current fishing opportunities in southern Oregon:
  • Rogue river - winter steelhead and spring salmon.
  • Lost Creek reservoir was stocked with 15,000 legal size and 800 trophy size rainbow trout last week.
  • South Umpqua river - winter steelhead.
  • Lower Rogue, Coos river basin and the Coquille - steelhead fishing is open until April 30th. 
For all the specifics, check out the regulations before you go.

With just a short time left before salmon fever hits and the busy days of summer are here, Charlie, Button and I enjoyed a week away, rafting the beautiful Klamath river in some truly remote and wild country.  As far as I could tell we were the only boat on the river, camping alone among the evergreens and on long sandy white beaches, enjoying the peaceful sounds of nature - the rustle of leaves, bird songs, the hum of whitewater and my favorite, Charlie whistling his way downstream. 

Happy Earth Day!