There are a some nice keeper fish being caught on the Upper Rogue River. With over 1000 Spring Chinook already making it up to the Cole River Hatchery and hundreds of them being re-run down to the Gold Hill Sports Park on Thursday, there are fish in the river. The increase river flow from less than 1000 CFS (Cubic feet per second) to over 1900 CFS in about a week has slowed the bite. If your willing to put some time and effort in the reward can be tasty! Only fin-clipped Salmon may be kept on the Rogue River all Wild fish should be released.
The Rogue River is still high and muddy but the South Umpqua River is in great shape. Drift fishing is the technique. If you have not drift fished before, you should know it is a fun and active way to catch steelhead. We use top of the line gear to give you the best chance for an exciting battle with the fish of a life time. Umpqua steelhead average around 8 pounds with much larger fish caught on occasion. We are only about a week into Steelhead season on the Umpqua and fishing will continue to pick up as the season moves on. Steelhead fishing on the Umpqua starts slowing down in April. Remember our comfortable drift boats have forced air propane heaters to help keep you warm on these cool winter mornings. Contact us for more info or lodging accommodations for multiple day fishing trips.
Winter Steelhead season is here. It is the second week of the new year and we finally have gotten some rain in our Southern Oregon Steelhead rivers. The past month most anglers have been targeting these fresh fish down stream near the coast. Both the Umpqua River and the Rogue River have been seeing good numbers of fish. This small but much needed flush of rain water will get these fish moving up into our fishing grounds. Our most productive techniques for this time of year are side drifting cured roe and running plugs above the breaks. We are using 9' 6-10 lb Lamiglas noodle rods for drift fishing and 7'6" 10-15 lb Lamiglas plug rods. These are top of the line rods that give you a great feel while fighting the fish and are sensitive enough to feel the bite. We have some great dates available later this month for both the Umpqua River System and our home waters here on the Rogue River. We also have some lodging packages available for multi day fishing trips.
We are still catching good numbers of Steelhead and a few Coho Salmon on the Rogue River. We have been having success on Flies, Roe, and plugs. Black and Crome Brads Wee Wiggler being a Steelhead favorite.
Low water on the Oregon Coast put a hold on Late Fall Chinook but recent rains have revived the season. There are still some available dates for the Chetco, Elk, and Sixes.
We are also currently filling remaining dates for Winter Steelhead on both Rogue and Umpqua Rivers. Join us for world class Steelhead fishing, going for big fish with light tackle. Our heated drift boats will help keep you comfortable on these cool winter trips. Adrinaline pumping cromers peeling line also help keep your temperature up. Please call for info and remaining available dates.
It took me a while to update but we had the best fishing this fall that I have ever seen on the Lower Rogue Canyon. We spent most of September and October running four day lodge fishing trips and had great success with both huge hard fighting Chinook Salmon and many nice big chrome Steelhead. Lets just say that we did not have a shortage of fish for lunch, with fresh fish tacos on day two and alder smoked bbq fish for day three we were eatin good. Most of the Chinook action was on big flatfish style plugs and most of the stealhead action was on flies, plugs, and bait. We cover almost 62 miles on this trip so we have an oppertunity to fish many different techniques based on the conditions and what we are targeting. We do have a couple of dates open for next fall, so give us a call for a trip of a lifetime.
Even though it has been raining non-stop the past few weeks the Steelhead fishing has been great on the Upper Rogue River. There have been some nice crome hatchery fish finding their way to the net. If you are going out on your own steelhead fishing remember that you are allowed one Native Steelhead a day as long as it is over 24" long and only five Natives a season. This special regulation ends as of April 30th. The bite has been hot on the new Yakima Baits "Mag Lip 3.5" in a variety of colors. It seems to dive a little deeper in these higher flows we have been seeing lately.
We boated our biggest Spring Chinook ever today up near the Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery on the Rogue River. 69lb bright crome King. This is looking to be a great start to the springer season. We got the hog trolling a plug cut herring cured in CHEETO'S powder with a night crawer wrap. It was a long 2 hour battle but we won and were able to beach the big fish just before our 6lb leader snapped. APRIL FOOLS!
Right now the water is high and muddy but still fishable at the top of the Rogue River. We have been picking up fish on plugs and side drifting roe and Yarn. Once the water drops toward the end of the week . There should be some great fishing all throughout the river. The Umpqua should see a few more weeks of good winter steelhead fishing aswell once the water drops. We havn't seen any Spring Chinook in the Upper Rogue yet but any day now. We still have some great dates available for the Spring Chinook Season. Give us a call to book a trip or if you have any