Rogue River Fishing

The Rogue river in southern Oregon flows 215 miles from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. It originates in the Cascade Range's Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, within Crate Lake National Park. The Rogue is one of the most consistent fisheries in southern Oregon and there isn't a month of the year that you can't catch either salmon or steelhead on the Rogue. That, along with the lush evergreen forests and wildlife, is what made the Rogue one of the original eight wild and scenic rivers. Black bear, river otter, black tail deer, bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, water ouzel, Canadian geese, beavers, and mink are commonly seen while fishing the Rogue.

Our guides fish the upper Rogue river between the towns of Shady Cove and Gold Hill, about 20 miles outside of Medford, Oregon and the middle Rogue river near Grants Pass. The natural beauty of this stretch of the river has been preserved with parks and wildlife areas and is home to legendary fishing holes perfect for back bouncing, running plugs, bobber fishing, side-drifting and fly fishing.

Our guides fish for Chinook king salmon May through September. "Springers," (spring salmon) arrive in the upper Rogue river by May and fall salmon arrive in the upper Rogue by mid-summer. They fish for summer steelhead July through December and winter steelhead January through April. 

Peak of the Season 
We fish the Rogue river year-round for salmon and steelhead. Below we have highlighted the peak of each season. Peak of the season often translates to more salmon and steelhead caught, but also more anglers and boats on the river. Before and after the peak times are still great times to catch fish, but also offer a quieter Rogue river fishing experience. We hope this helps you plan the trip that's right for you.

"Springers" Spring Salmon
Peak of the season 
mid May through June

The upper Rogue is where you will find the hardest fighting and best eating salmon of the year. Spring salmon can range between 10 to 40 pounds and are well worth getting up before the sun!

Fall Salmon & Summer Steelhead 
Peak of the season 

This is our favorite time of the year to fish. Sunny skies and abundant salmon and steelhead in the upper Rogue river makes this the most pleasant and most consistent time of the season to catch fish. Fall salmon tend to be larger than their spring cousins, weighing in at around 20 to 40 pounds, and tend to have a more predictable bite. Summer steelhead, are smaller than Rogue river salmon, often weighing 5 to 20 pounds, but their distinctive bright chrome skin and a powerful fight often resembling a dance with aerial displays, makes these fish a highly sought after catch. This time of year offers the opportunity to fish for both salmon and steelhead on the same fishing trip.

Summer Steelhead
Peak of the season 
September and October

This is the best time of the year for Rogue river fly fishing and "bug and bubble" spin casting for steelhead. The upper Rogue during these months is designated as fly fishing only. The quantity and quality of steelhead in the upper river is at its peak and the pressure from anglers on the river is much less than during summer months. 

Summer Steelhead
Peak of the season 

The 1st two weeks of November are some of the best steelhead fishing of the year on the Rogue river. On November 1st the regulations change from fly only (September & October) back to bait and tackle. In the early part of the month the steelhead bite is particularly aggressive. 

Winter Steelhead
Peak of the season 
February through April

Our guides fish the classic winter steelhead runs on the upper and middle Rogue river January through April. Rogue river winter steelhead are larger that their summer steelhead cousins. These prized fish are highly sought for their size and ferocity.

During the fall and winter months we also fish the Umpqua river, the rivers of the southern Oregon coast, and a variety of smaller and remote waterways around southern Oregon discussed on our Adventure fishing page.

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To see what our Rogue river fishing guides are catching now, check out our blog.

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