Your Oregon Salmon Fishing and Steelhead Fishing Adventure Awaits…
S.O. Chrome Guide Service specializes in year round fishing for salmon and steelhead on the famous Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Come spend the day fishing with one of our professional, experienced, and local guides chasing after the best eating fish in the Northwest.
Our trips are great for all levels of experience and ages. From the beginner to the expert we provide personalized instruction to give you the most enjoyable day possible. All gear and bait is provided just bring your fishing license and a lunch!
Oregon Salmon Fishing
King Salmon are the most popular species we target due to their size and hard fight, and our rivers are home to some of the best salmon fishing Oregon has to offer. Beginning in late April the first of our King Salmon show up on the Upper Rogue River, and we continue to receive fresh fish on the coastal rivers until the end of the year. The Rogue is one of the few rivers in Oregon that gets a spring run of salmon (aka springers) which are the best eating due to their high amount of fat and oil.
On our guided salmon fishing trips you will typically meet your guide an hour before sunrise. The best bite is generally right as the sun comes up, so we like to be on the water during this time to give you the best shot at catching fish. You’ll be fishing out of our comfortable, heated drift boats while back bouncing eggs or pulling sardine wrapped plugs. The limit is 2 fish per person, and at the end of the day any salmon you were able to keep will be cleaned, filleted, and packaged for your trip home.
Rogue River Salmon – Late April through End of September
Coastal Salmon – Late October through End of December
Steelhead Fishing Oregon
Known for their high flying acrobatic displays, and drag screaming runs, steelhead are an addiction waiting to happen. We are lucky enough here in Southern Oregon to have nearly year round opportunities to chase after them. There are two distinct runs – summer steelhead & winter steelhead. Summer steelhead often like to spend more time in the air than the water, while those returning during the winter are the biggest, and baddest steelhead. When fishing the South Umpqua River during the winter there’s always the chance of hooking a trophy steelhead over 20 pounds.
On our steelhead trips you’ll meet your guide right around sunrise, and fish out of our comfortable, heated drift boats. We employ a variety of techniques that use both conventional and fly fishing gear. The limit is 2 fish per person, and our guides will clean, fillet, and package your catch at the end of the day.
Rogue River Steelhead – Late June through Late April
South Umpqua Steelhead – Late December through April
What You Get
Licensed & Insured Guide
All Fishing Tackle, Equipment, & Bait
Cleaning & Packaging of Days Catch
Heated Drift Boat
Snacks & Water/Sodas
What to Bring
Oregon Fishing License w/ Salmon & Steelhead Tag (Buy Here)
Cooler to Transport Catch Home
Lunch & Drinks
What People Say
“Had a great day fishing with Steve today. He made our first drift boat experience fantastic. We have already booked our next trip!”
“Awesome day, super cool guy and really knows the water I would highly recommend!
“We can’t say enough good things about Steve as a guide. He worked his tail off for us both days and we hooked nine fish and landed 4. Thanks, Steve for 2 great days of quality salmon fishing in late April.”
“Steven at Southern Oregon Chrome is the best…His knowledge of he river and fish make for an enjoyable experience no matter the weather or the bite. The memories my son and I have on the Rogue will always be cherished.”
“S.O. Chrome Guide Service has gotten my girlfriend Tressa and I into more fish than i can remember. It has been great learning how to fish the Rogue River…I definitely recommend fishing with Steven and S.O Chrome Guide Service”
Our winter steelhead season on the Upper Rogue River has generally been a bust. We've had some success, but nothing like we are used to. Luckily the spring salmon are on their way and fishing has been good for them on the Lower Rogue. The first springers have been caught in our stretch of the Upper Rogue River at popular bank fishing spots like Hayes Falls and the Hatchery, so we will start to catch them from the boat any day now. I've been getting a few questions about the news reporting that salmon season is closed for Southern Oregon. [...]
Winter steelhead fishing has been off to an ok start in Southern Oregon. Numbers have been down on the South Umpqua, but we have caught fish every time. The weather has also made it difficult with the river often being too high to fish. Side drifting yarnies with a small piece of eggs cured in Pautzke's BorX O Fire has been best. The Rogue has also received it's first push of winter steelhead and things should be picking up by the end of March. Peak fishing is typically the first 2 weeks of April.
Fishing on the Upper Rogue has been decent, especially once it warms up mid-day. We have been catching both steelhead and coho salmon on a mix of plugs and bait. Side drifting eggs has been best above Shady Cove, while plugs have been best below there as it is still closed to the use of bait. Fishing should continue to be good, especially on warmer mornings.