Our fishing guides fish the Rogue year-round, the Elk and Sixes Rivers, on the Southern Oregon Coast, in the fall and early winter and the Umpqua River, just one drainage north of the Rogue, January through March.
What kinds of fish are in the Rogue River?
Chinook king salmon, Coho silver salmon, steelhead, rainbow trout, and cutthroat trout.
Chinook, also known as king salmon, are the largest Pacific salmon species, averaging approximately 10 to 40 pounds. Steelhead are ocean-run rainbow trout weighing on average between 5 to 10 pounds. Steelhead are in the same family as salmon and have salmon colored meat.
When is the best time to fish the Rogue River?
Our favorite months to fish the Rogue are mid May through September for king salmon and July through November for steelhead.
Where do you fish on the Rogue?
We fish the Upper Rogue River just north of Medford, Oregon and the Middle Rogue River near Grants Pass.
Where are the Elk, Sixes and Umpqua Rivers?
The Elk and Sixes Rivers are located near Port Orford, Oregon (30 minutes north of Gold Beach). The South Umpqua river is located near Canyonville, Oregon (45 miles north of Grants Pass).
What are the benefits of hiring a fishing guide or taking a guided fishing trip?
It's a great way to see the river, floating in the comfort of a heated drift boat while fishing for the Pacific Northwest's most prized fish, drifting through endless evergreens, spotting wildlife and enjoying the beauty of the river, while your guide takes care of all the details.
You don't need your own gear...or to buy a boat! Guided fishing trips are a bit of an investment, but when you consider the time and supplies needed to do it yourself, it can be very cost effective. Our fishing guides provide everything you will need for the day: a heated boat, safety equipment, fishing gear, tackle, bait and flies, personalized instruction, cleaned, filleted, and bagged fish, snacks & drinks, and a shuttle back to your car at the end of your trip.
You can take the pressure off yourself and let your fishing guide do all the work. Let the guide take on the responsibility of preparing for your fishing trip; rigging the gear, tying leaders, wrapping plugs, curing bait, packing the cooler, driving to the river, baiting your hook and entertaining your friends and family. He'll guide you to the best holes on the river, teach you all he knows and then clean and package your fish at the end of the day.
Fishing with an experienced, knowledgeable, local guide will speed up the learning process. Hiring a fishing guide can allow you to be successful in a shorter amount of time. Whether you're on a business trip or on vacation or live locally and want to master your home river, our guides are happy to school you in the art of salmon and steelhead fishing, answer your questions and share their secrets. After your trip they are happy to point you in the right direction, literally, including favorite fishing holes, bank access spots or other local fisheries. If you have a boat of your own but you don't know what's downstream, our guides are great resources for where to go and more importantly where not to go. Learning new water can take time and a guided fishing trip can be a crash course on the things you want and need to know.
What should I bring?
A fishing license.
You may also like to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, specialty food or drinks, etc. (there is plenty of the room in the boat).
What should I wear? Do I need waders?
Rain gear (jacket and pants) and layered clothing are recommended (even in summer months it can be cool in the mornings on the river) and shoes that you do not mind getting wet. Keep in mind synthetic fabrics keep you warmer and drier than cotton.
Waders are not required, but you may wear them to stay warm and dry. Most of our fishing is done from a boat.
Can I bring my dog?
We love dogs! When you book your trip just let us know and we can discuss if riding in the boat is appropriate for your furry friend or we can help make arrangements for a safe and fun place for your pup to stay during your trip.
How many people fit in a drift boat?
Drift boats are made for two guests and a guide. Three can work if guests are small to average size or children are in the mix. You will be sitting close together, so if you prefer three in a boat just know you will be rubbing elbows. The weight limit for drift boats is 750 lbs. Additional guides and boats are available for larger groups.
Is a guided fishing trip appropriate for kids, beginners?
Yes, our guides will provide personalized instruction and fishing techniques based on age and ability. Our guides have great people skills.
When and where are we going to meet?
Most fishing guides like to start early, usually an hour before sunrise. If you prefer a later start time, just let your guide know.
Your guide will call you the day before your trip to arrange exact meeting time and place. Guides will most likely meet you at a boat ramp or at a nearby hotel.
How many fish can I keep?
You may keep 2 adult salmon or steelhead in aggregate. Depending on the time of year and the section of river you're fishing, in order to protect fish populations, wild fish may need to be released. Hatchery fish are always keepers.
How do I travel with fish?
At the end of your fishing trip your guide will fillet and bag your fish and advise you on storage and preparation. To preserve its quality, salmon and steelhead should be put on ice promptly. If you are flying home with your fish, it can be checked as baggage. Check with your airline for details. From previous experience, here are the basic guidelines for most airlines: fish must be placed in a hard plastic cooler with dry ice, taped shut and labeled fresh fish. Airport/airline staff may ask you to open the cooler for inspection (bring extra tape to reseal it).
What are the closest airports to the Upper and Middle Rogue, the South Umpqua and the Elk and Sixes Rivers?
The closest airport to the Rogue River and the South Umpqua River is the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport in the town of Medford, Oregon. A close second is Eugene Airport, which is slightly closer than the Medford Airport to the Elk and Sixes Rivers in Port Orford. Larger airports in the region (and a few hour scenic drive from where we fish) include Portland, Sacramento or San Francisco.