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 season is here.
With spring salmon season winding down on the Upper Rogue, we have turned our focus to steelhead. As of July 22nd, there were 408 summer steelhead counted in the hatchery.
Even though we are nearing the end of the spring Chinook run, we still like to start off the day fishing for kings and as the day heats we switch to searching for steelhead. The salmon bite traditionally is an early one and the steelhead bite tends to be best in the heat of the day. In the next few weeks summer/fall salmon will begin to arrive which makes this time of year great for combination trips.
This time of year, I like to use small Kwikfish trolling lures and Hot Shot style plugs for these early summer steelhead and, often, also hook into salmon on the same gear. Because of this I make sure to adjust my leader line to at least 12 lbs. I also side drift and bobber dog with bait, roe and/or beads for both species. Fly fishing techniques have also been productive for steelhead at the top of the Rogue. Now that salmon flies are gone, you are best off nymphing stonefly patterns and copper johns near the bottom of the river. I have found that moss has been a real problem below the Touvelle Boat Ramp.
As of August 1st, the top of the river from the Hatchery to Dodge Bridge Boat Ramp closes to salmon fishing, but remains open to steelhead. With less traffic on the river, this makes for an ideal time to fish especially if you enjoy fly fishing.
This summer we have had the good fortune to have my mom staying with us and as usual catching some real beauties. Check her out.
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