Monday, May 28, 2018

Rogue River, Spring Salmon Fishing Update & Prediction For Fall Salmon

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Spring Salmon Fishing Rogue River
Since we landed our 1st springer of the year at the end of April, almost 900 Chinook have entered the hatchery. The number has almost doubled over the past 2 weeks. We have seen many more fish rolling at the surface and they seem to be headed upstream quickly and in numbers. Since a couple of cold fronts have moved through accompanied by some meaningful rain, it seems like salmon have started to settle in holes in the upper river. We have noticed, in the past few days, an increase in the bite. Our guides have been finding success using a variety of techniques, back bouncing bait, running plugs and divers and floating bait under bobbers and, as always, starting as early as possible, before the river gets busy, which seems to increase success rates with spring salmon. 

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Fall Salmon Fishing, Predictions for the Rogue River
In the most recent issue of Salmon Trout Steelheader (June-July 2018) Larry Ellis reports, "The numbers of Rogue fall Chinook that are supposed to come back to the Rogue Bay are going to make it into the record books this year, and the reasons why people are booking trips months in advance."  
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Ellis goes on to say that there are fairly accurate prediction methods and this year's Rogue fall salmon population in the ocean is the 3rd highest in 15 years and was only surpassed in 2012 and 2004. Ellis states that this is attributed to a very healthy river system including the removal of Savage Rapids and Gold Ray dams and Lost Creek and Applegate dams having been built with fish management as a priority. Managing the river flow and more importantly river temperature (salmon do best in temperatures between 51 and 54 degrees) now helps fall salmon make it through the Rogue river canyon, located just below Grants Pass, to the upper stretches of the Rogue. 
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This report sounds promising for a productive fall salmon season on southern Oregon's Rogue. 


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Fly Fishing the Rogue River 
Trout fishing opened May 22nd on the Rogue and 32 summer steelhead have made it to the hatchery (fairly early for summers). We usually expect July to begin the summer steelhead season, and by then it seems we should have decent numbers of steelhead in the upper river. In addition to the recent salmon fly hatch, our fly guides also report golden stone flies are abundant and are seeing midge hatches every morning as the sun hits the water.


For more information or to book a guided trip, call us at 541.326.9486 or Contact Us online.

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For the most current river conditions and Rogue river fish count check out our Rogue River Fishing Report page. 

If you will be in the Shady Cove (Medford) area on June 9th and are looking for a fun community event on the river check out the Festival on the Rogue. Our Fishing The Rogue guides will be offering free floats down the river.