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 more hatchery salmon have shown up the last week.
As flows start to lower we expect fishing to pick up. Late June and July should be great as that’s when the bulk of the wild run arrives. With higher flows this year we should see fresh fish moving up non-stop and not holding in the bay for as long as normal. The first summer steelhead have also made their way into the Upper Rogue which should be a sign of a great run this year.