Elk and Sixes Rivers Oregon Salmon and Steelhead Fishing
Fishing The Rogue for salmon and steelhead
Rogue River and Umpqua River Winter Steelhead Fishing
Rogue River spring salmon fishing
Southern Oregon salmon and steelhead fishing
Southern Oregon Winter Steelhead Fishing
Umpqua River Winter Steelhead Fishing
upper rogue river steelhead fishing
Winter Salmon and Steelhead Fishing
Summer steelhead are here in force and the 1st summer salmon have been caught on the Upper Rogue River.
August is the best time of year to fish the Rogue!
As of July 31st, 1304 summer steelhead have returned to Cole Rivers Hatchery (near Shady Cove) with more than half returning in the last few weeks. Summer steelhead are also being recycled back into the system as well (steelhead that reach the hatchery are sometimes put back into the river system to make the swim again). Some of these fish will have a red tag located near their dorsal fin. If you catch one of these fish, ODFW encourages you to call the Upper Rogue office at 541.826.8774.
With the fresh push of summer steelhead and getting a 2nd chance at recycled fish there have been plenty of opportunities to catch. This past week all techniques were effective. Back trolling plugs (especially the Kwikfish k-11, Lazy Ike), fly fishing, side-drifting bait and bobber fishing all being productive.
Summer steelhead are truly fun fish to catch. A bit smaller than their winter cousins, but agile, acrobatic and thesteelhead to eat, 2nd only to the spring Chinook.
Speaking of spring salmon, their season is now coming to a close. As of yesterday, August 1st, the annual closure of the uppermost section of the Rogue River for salmon fishing began (upstream of Dodge Bridge boat ramp to Cole Rivers Hatchery). This closure is designed to protect spawning fish, in particular our spring run salmon, who spawn in this top section of river. This section of river is still open to steelhead and trout fishing.
And starting September 1st through the end of October regulations designate the Upper Rogue as fly only fishing. This is prime time for avid fly and steelhead anglers. Don't be intimidated though if you aren't an experienced fly fisher, because this does not mean you can use only traditional fly fishing methods, conventional styles of fishing are also allowed like the bug and bubble technique which uses a spin rod with flies.
And if you're looking to fish for some of our biggest salmon of the year, summer/fall salmon have just started to arrive and our guides are fishing for them downstream of Dodge Bridge (Eagle Point).
The Rogue is at a perfect level for the foreseeable future, the summer steelhead and salmon returns seem promising and blue skies have returned to the Rogue Valley after some hazy conditions a week ago due to the Milepost 97 fire.
Our guides will be fishing the Rogue for salmon August through mid September and for summer steelhead through the end of the year, with the prime time for steelhead being now through the 1st week of November.