The Rogue River flows 215 miles from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean and is one of the most consistent fisheries in Southern Oregon.
The Rogue is one of the original eight wild and scenic rivers and luckily remains so, lined with evergreen forest and much wildlife including black bear, river otter, black tail deer, bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, water ouzel, Canadian geese, beaver, and mink. The Rogue is also known for its salmon and steelhead. Chinook king salmon, Coho silver salmon and both winter and summer run steelhead make the Rogue River an angling destination. There isn't a month of the year that you can't catch either salmon or steelhead on the Rogue River. A guided fishing trip is a great way to see and experience what the Rogue has to offer.
Rogue River Fishing Guides
Our fishing 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, summer steelhead July through December and winter steelhead, January through April.
Rogue River Fishing Trips
Our guides fish the Rogue River year-round. 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 fishing experience. We hope this helps you plan the fishing trip that's right for you.
The uppermost section of the Rogue during these months is designated as fly only. This is the best time of the year for traditional fly fishing and "bug and bubble" spin casting. At this time, the quantity and quality of steelhead in the upper river is at its peak and the pressure from anglers is much less than during summer months.
Gear and Bait Fishing for Summer Steelhead
Peak of the season November
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 allowing the use of tackle and bait. Due to this change, the steelhead bite is particularly aggressive.