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”
The Upper Rogue River near Shady Cove, Oregon has finally turned on for salmon fishing. We went from averaging 2 chances a day to hooking 11 fish in 2 days before the storm moved in. The large majority of the catch continues to be wild salmon which must be released, but we have caught a couple of hatchery keepers. Starting July 1st we can keep the wild salmon, and fishing should be great when that happens. We've also hooked into the first summer steelhead of the year which is a great sign of a big run ahead.
We're in the middle of our early spring salmon run on the Upper Rogue, and have been catching fish daily. Fishing has been tough overall due to the high water, and lack of hatchery salmon, however there are still fish to be caught. Boats have been averaging about 1 fish a day with the occasional better, and slower days mixed in. Back bouncing eggs with sand shrimp has by far been the best method, and clients who have been able to pick up the somewhat difficult technique have been rewarded. Wild fish continue to dominate the catch, but a few [...]
Spring Salmon, aka springers, have started to enter the Upper Rogue River. We caught our first ones over the weekend, and had a handful of other chances. With the high water this year it's delaying their migration upriver, but should continue to get better every week. Our early success has all come on back bouncing eggs cured in Pautzke's Fire Cure. Flows are forecast to jump way up due to increased outflow from Lost Creek Dam. That will make it harder to bounce the traditional salmon holes, and I expect to find more fish in the travel lanes with plugs [...]