Cooler weather in the Rogue Valley has dropped the temperature of the Rogue 12 degrees from a week ago. That has the fall king salmon shooting upriver towards Grants Pass and Gold Hill. In a week or two we’ll start to see the first pushes of salmon, and things will continue to get better into September.
When the Rogue first started cooling off the ODFW estimated that 5,000 salmon left the Rogue Bay. Through the next week their test netting estimated another 5,000 fished moved up river. With 10,000 fish coming our way, it should be lights out fishing when they do arrive. Book your trip early as there is already limited availability.
Outside of the Chetco, salmon fishing had been extremely hot, but slowed down recently. I made a trip over this past week, and was able to find a few salmon thanks to fellow Pautzke Pro-staffer Paul LeFebvre. Fishing is currently picking back up, which bodes well for the late king salmon season on the Chetco. That run gets going in November, and is your best shot at hooking and landing a 50 pound trophy fish.