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
Since our last report we are happy to say that things are looking positive here in Southern Oregon. Cases of Coronavirus are low and we have only seen 1 new case here in Jackson County over the past 2 weeks. We are thankful for the health of our community, happy to continue to do our part and offer compassion and support to all those around the world who are suffering.
Here in Southern Oregon it is still possible to go fishing and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends, if you do, just stay close to home, keep your social distance, and travel safely. We are deeply grateful that we live in the beautiful Rogue River Valley which offers us so much “space.” If there is a positive coming from this experience it seems to be many people finding freedom, solace and possibly rediscovering natural places.
Rogue River Fishing Report | Fish Counts
Right now, on the Upper Rogue we are at the end of our winter steelhead season and have seen the 1st few spring salmon show in the hatchery. As of April 28th there were 9 spring Chinook salmon, 836 winter steelhead and 221 Applegate River winter steelhead counted. To help protect migrating salmon, water is being released early from Lost Creek Lake to assist salmon in getting to the much cooler waters at the top of the Rogue. Hopefully a sizable number of spring salmon will show over the next few weeks to spawn successfully here in the upper river.
Rogue River Fishing Guides | Rogue River Fishing Trips
Last week Charlie and I went looking for spring salmon on the Rogue and streamed it on Facebook Live. We did not find a "springer" but did hook into some nice winter steelhead which are always fun to catch. We thought offering a guided virtual trip would be fun for those at home missing their fishing fix. We are thinking of doing another virtual fishing trip soon and are headed out Friday to scout for some Upper Rogue River kings.
As soon as we are able to offer guided trips again, we will be sure to let you know! Our guides fish for salmon on the Rogue all summer long and into the fall and summer steelhead beginning in July. Please feel free to contact us with questions or reservation requests.
Fishing Near Me
As of May 1st several Jackson County Boat Ramps will be reopened including Rogue Elk Park, Shady Cove Regional Park, Takelma, Dodge Bridge as well as ramps at Agate and Willow Lake. Hoover Ponds near White City will also be opened. There is also access at ODFW managed Denman Wildlife Areas and Josephine County Boat Ramps.
Rogue River Bank Fishing
If you are wanting to head out to the river on your own we have found that some of the most effective bank fishing techniques for the Rogue include bobber fishing and using a side planer. Fly fishing can also be very effective.
Rogue River Steelhead – open all year for hatchery steelhead. Open for wild steelhead over 24 inches Feb 1 through Apr 30, 1 a day 3 per year as part of the steelhead salmon bag limit.
Rogue River Trout – hatchery rainbow trout open Jan. 1-March 31 and May 22-Dec.31. 5 per day. Wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.
Rogue River Salmon - In aggregate: You may keep 2 adult salmon or steelhead per day, 20 per year. 5 jack salmon per day. There is no annual limit on hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead as long as the appropriate number of Hatchery Harvest Tags have been purchased to record the catch.
Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam to Lost Creek Lake Dam "The Holy Waters"
Catch and release all year. Fly-fishing only, barbless hooks required.
Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam to Dodge Bridge Boat Ramp
Open for hatchery Chinook king salmon January 1st through July 31st
Closed for Chinook salmon August 1st through December 31st
Dodge Bridge Boat Ramp to Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp
Open for hatchery Chinook salmon through June 30th
Open for hatchery and wild salmon through August 31st
Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Hog Creek
Open for hatchery Chinook salmon through May 31st
Open for hatchery and wild Chinook salmon through September 30th
Stay well! Stay safe! See you on the river!
“Love where you live, defend what you love.” Whether you live here, are just a visitor, or will only ever admire from afar, we hope you will join us in protecting this critically important and incredibly beautiful place.