Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Rogue River Salmon Fishing Season - May Through September

Last week was a whirlwind of fishing and rafting trips and as the dust settles, it seemed time to reflect. 

Our guides are still fishing for spring salmon on the upper Rogue and as of July 1st, wild kings may be kept below Dodge Bridge Boat Ramp (near Eagle Point/south of the town of Shady Cove). It seems like we are at the point in the spring salmon season when the run is mostly comprised of wild fish, with most hatchery fish having arrived earlier in the season. Although over 700 hatchery spring Chinook have been recycled back into the fishery near, the town of Gold Hill since the last day of June, giving anglers a 2nd chance at some spring salmon. We have also seen the beginning of some regular summer steelhead catches, and since we are at the beginning of their run they are chrome bright and have a lot of fight. Our guides have been catching steelhead using both conventional (gear) and fly fishing techniques 
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We used to have 2 very distinctive runs of king Chinook salmon on the Rogue, spring and fall, but it seems now with the removal of most dams, it is one long run of kings from May through September. 

We are now at the point in the summer when we wonder if some of our catches are early fall fish, due to size and color. We have heard several predictions (based on ocean fish counts) of a large run of  "fall" Rogue river bound salmon this year and we look forward to the possibilities.  

With the heat of summer setting in it seems the perfect time for fishing, in the cool of the morning, and in the afternoon cooling off with some whitewater.