Fishing has been great on the Upper Rogue the past two weeks for springers. Even on our slow days we are getting 3 chances while the good days have seen double digit bites. The majority of the catch continues to be wild salmon that must be released, however a good shot of hatchery fish has finally shown up. Last Wednesday 3 of the 5 fish we landed were hatchery keepers. With the hatchery fish seemingly just staring to show up, I expect fishing to be great all the way into August when we start to transition to our fall run [...]
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 [...]
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.
Fishing for fall salmon on the Southern Oregon coast has gotten off to an early start, and the bite has been great when the rivers are in shape. In two days this week we hooked over 20 salmon fresh out of the ocean. We fish multiple rivers from the Chetco near the town of Brookings, to the Elk and Sixes Rivers near the town of Port Orford depending on what's in shape and fishing best. This fishery is very weather dependent, and I have plenty of dates available in November and December.
September came in with a bang, but slowed down for the second half of the month for fall salmon on the Rogue. We had a good push of fish move in Labor Day weekend which saw one of my best days ever salmon fishing on the Rogue. However, we never received another push of fish and things started to slow down after that. Overall it was still a productive fall salmon season, and I was able to take 3rd overall in the annual Middle Rogue Steelheaders derby. October is looking up for our late run of summer steelhead and coastal [...]
It's been a busy start to the first half of August (thanks for all the work FishingTheRogue.com). Fishing on the Upper Rogue has been up and down this month, but overall remains good. The salmon bite had slowed down the past week, but has picked right back up the last couple of days. The big push of steelhead seems to have passed, but there are still a few trickling up river. We have been catching our salmon both back bouncing eggs, and fishing them under bobbers. The steelhead bite has been best on small plugs, and I have started to [...]
Its been a busy week on the Upper Rogue, and overall fishing has been good. We've had a few limit days with only a couple of slow days in between pushes of fish. Salmon fishing has been best back bouncing eggs, and also fishing eggs under a bobber, while the steelhead have been smacking plugs aggressively. Fishing will continue to be good through August and September as we start to get our fall salmon. I have limited dates available in August, but September is still wide open. Give me a call at 541-613-3011 to get in on the action.
Fishing remains good on the Upper Rogue for both salmon and summer steelhead. Salmon fishing has been somewhat hit and miss, but on the slow days we are getting 2-3 chances and on the good days it's been early limits. The summer steelhead have been arriving in great numbers for this time of year. Back bouncing eggs has been best for salmon, while running small plugs has been best for the steelhead. Things should continue to be good and get even better as we get into August. I'm pretty booked up for the end of August, but have plenty of [...]
The salmon have come on the bite and now is the time to get out! As of yesterday we can start keeping wild salmon below Dodge Bridge on the Upper Rogue and fishing has been great. This morning we hooked six and landed our limits by 9am. Fishing has also been really good above Shady Cove. We hooked 8 in that stretch last Saturday, and they continue to be on the bite. Back bouncing eggs with sand shrimp has been best, but plugs are also working. Summer steelhead have also shown up early and in good numbers. I have plenty [...]
When conditions are stable we've been able to have some good days salmon fishing on the Upper Rogue. The hatchery keepers are still no shows, but we will be able to start keeping wild salmon on July 1st. The first summer steelhead have shown up as well. I still have plenty of open dates in July if you'd like to be able to keep what we catch.
It's the middle of springer season here on the Upper Rogue, and we're still having to work hard for our bites. We're catching fish each day, but they have been spread out. Fishing should start to pick up as we get later into the month as more of the wild component of the run shows up.
Overall fishing has been tougher than last year for springers on the Upper Rogue. However, things seem to be picking up, and if we can find a pod of fish we've been able to do really well. There still isn't a lot of hatchery fish around, but we have caught a few. Back bouncing continues to be best with Pautzke's Fire Cured eggs and a sand shrimp. Here's just a few of the pictures from the last 2 weeks. I have plenty of availability left in June, especially mid-week.
The Upper Rogue continues to produce springers for us every day. Most days have been tough with 1 or 2 fish, but every once in awhile the fish cooperate and we've hooked into 3 or 4. Back bouncing Pautzke Fire Cured eggs with sand shrimp continues to produce best, with divers a distant second. Flows have held steady, and fishing should continue to improve and become more consistent as we get farther into the season. I still have plenty of open dates in June and July for these amazing fish.
Fishing for springers on the Upper Rogue continues to be very hit and miss. We've had a couple of great days, but on most we've had to work hard for 1 or 2 opportunities. As more and more salmon continue to show up fishing should only improve. With the high, cold water I am expecting late May and June to be great fishing. I only have a few open dates left in May, but June is wide open.
Fishing has been some what tough this week for Upper Rogue springers, but we have been finding a fish or two every day. Yesterday was the best bite of the year so far, and we were able to land 3 of our 5 chances. The catch has been dominated by natives, and there have been some big boys in the mix. We've also found the occasional hatchery keeper. Fishing should continue to improve as we get into May and the bulk of the run arrives. I still have plenty of open dates in May, June and July for these awesome [...]
Springers have arrived to the Upper Rogue, and we are starting to catch them daily. After having multiple chances over the weekend, Carl was finally able to put my first one of 2016 in the boat yesterday. Doyle followed that up this morning with a beautiful wild springer that was released, and we also lost another. It will only get better from here on out, and I have plenty of prime dates left in May, June, and July.
Overall fishing has been very slow on the Upper Rogue for winter steelhead. We have had a few decent days, but for the most part we've had to scratch out 1 or 2 fish a day. This is mostly due to a disease outbreak at the hatchery that killed half the smolts that would be returning this year. As a result of the slow fishing we will now be switching over to spring salmon (springers) the last half of the month. The first few have been caught on the Upper Rogue, and more will be showing up everyday. I am [...]
The weather has been great the past week, and fishing has been even better. We are catching multiple winter steelhead every day on the South Umpqua, and there have been lots of hatchery keepers in the mix. Fishing should remain good all the way through March, and I have plenty of availability.
Winter steelhead are showing up on the South Umpqua near Canyonville, and it will only continue to get better. These are some of the biggest steelhead in the Northwest, and one of the best chances at catching a fish of a lifetime. The river is currently on the rise, and as soon as it drops back into shape fishing will be good.
After almost a month off due to high water things are finally back in shape, and there are some nice steelhead around on the Upper Rogue River. There's plenty of fresh, late summer steelhead, and the first winter steelhead are also starting to show up. Plugs have been our go-to with the cold water temps.
Time it just right on the coast and salmon fishing can be phenomenal. We did just that the day before Thanksgiving, and had one of those days you'll never forget with 20+ chances at big, bright fall salmon. Back bouncing eggs cured in Pautzke's Fire Cure was the ticket. Fishing should remain good on the Elk and Sixes after each new rain storm.
The Upper Rogue opened back up to the use of bait on the 1st and fishing was good during the first week. We had a couple of slow days, but we also had a double digit day mixed in. There are plenty of summer steelhead around, and the Coho salmon are just starting to show up as well. Fishing will really pick up for both steelhead and Coho once we get the first big rain of the year.
October is prime time for fly fishing for summer steelhead on the Upper Rogue River. Our king salmon are spawning and the steelhead are sitting behind them picking off the loose eggs and bugs. For beginners we are able to use spinning rods with a float which means there is no fly fishing experience required to be able to partake in this fun fishery. We also spent some time on the Middle Rogue where bait and lures are still allowed. Here's a quick look back at the past month of fishing.
Wow is all I can say for the fishing we had in September. The first half of the month, especially, was absolutely on fire for fall salmon on the Middle Rogue. Overall I ran 17 trips, landed 54 salmon (and lost about 35) for an average of just over 3 salmon to the boat per day. We also limited out early on 8 of the trips and I only had 2 trips without landing a fish. Here's a few of the highlights from what was a super fun month of fishing.
August was an extremely busy month for me, and for the most part the fishing was excellent. We found a nice mix of early fall salmon and summer steelhead, and limits were common. Here's just a few pictures of the fun that was had.
Wow what a fun day with Eric and Jon this morning! We should have limited the boat out by 7, but the fish kept winning the battles. In the end we managed to land 3 salmon from the Upper Rogue. The steelhead weren't biting for us however.
August is off to a good start on the Upper Rogue below Dodge Bridge. The salmon bite was a little slower today, but Staci still managed to back bounce her self up a nice big King. Joe was also able to catch his first and second steelhead ever. Thanks for the work Fishing The Rogue.
Springer season has come to an end on the Upper Rogue, but there are plenty of fresh summer steelhead and salmon still coming in. I have moved below Dodge Bridge where it is still open, and we picked up right where we left off. Limits have been fairly common with a mix bag of salmon and steelhead. Here's just a few of the pictures of our catches from the second half of July.
Today was a day I won't soon forget. I was able to teach my girlfriend Savannah how to back bounce this morning, and after quickly picking it up, she showed all the guys on the bank how to catch some salmon.
Mike and Betsy had a fun day of salmon fishing the Upper Rogue near Shady Cove this morning. The egg bite turned off, but they were smacking plugs instead. Hatchery keepers have been hard to come by lately, but Betsy started the day off with a nice big keeper. They landed 4 feisty springers by the end of the day and had several other takedowns that didn't stick.
What an awesome bite this morning for springers on the Upper Rogue. Jeff and I landed 4 salmon before 7am, and were 5 for 6 after only fishing three holes and were off the water by 10am. All were wild and had to be released.
July is off to a great start. We are hooking multiple salmon every day on the Upper Rogue while back bouncing eggs cured in Pautzke's Fire Cure. I've worked the last couple of days for Fishing The Rogue and everyone has had a great time. On the 4th Jason found his limit of hatchery springers, and today Brock caught his first salmon ever after several attempts early in the morning.
Team Pautzke joined for for the day to film an episode of Pautzke Outdoors while fishing the Upper Rogue for salmon. The day couldn't have gone any better with Mick hooking the first fish of the day within 30 seconds. By the end of the morning we had boated 6 springers and lost 2 others. All fish were caught back bouncing Pautzke's Fire Cured eggs. To read more about the day check out the latest FireBlog! and be looking for the video in the next couple of months.
What a fun week of fishing. The weather has been hot lately, but that hasn't stopped the springer bite on the Upper Rogue River. I am hooking into multiple salmon every single day, and there has been a nice mix of hatchery keepers and big wild fish. Back bouncing has been the name of the game, but divers have also produced a few springers. Summer steelhead are just starting to show up, and I will be running combo trips in July. Here's a look at some of the catches from this week...
Its been an extremely busy week of fishing for springers on the Upper Rogue. The bite has been very good most days with only a couple of slower days mixed in. Even on the slowest days we are still hooking multiple salmon. I've worked a mix of trips for myself and Fishing The Rogue, and as you can see there have been lots of smiles and plenty of big fish to pose with...
What a fun half day working for Fishing The Rogue. Josh, Judy, and Mark all caught salmon this morning after learning how to back bounce.
I switched things up a bit this morning, and did a combo fly fishing and salmon trip with John. He caught several trout fishing the salmon fly hatch mid morning, and then back bounced up this fat hatchery springer on the Upper Rogue. It's definitely a great time of year to be fishing in Southern Oregon!
The increased flows out of Lost Creek Dam have brought a bunch of fresh springers into the Upper Rogue. Ahnee was able to land his first and second salmon ever while Mark caught and released 2 beautiful wild springers. Fishing should remain good for the rest of the season as new fish are constantly moving up. Back bouncing eggs cured in Pautzke's red Fire Cure has been my go-to method.
I had another successful day working for Fishing The Rogue. Murph and John both learned how to back bounce and they both caught a salmon by the end of the day.
Allan and Margie came out fishing to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Allan landed the first salmon of the morning which was a chrome hatchery keeper. Margie had a couple of chances after that, but the hooks wouldn't stick for us. Thanks for the work Fishing The Rogue.
Two weeks ago Andrew and Tressa came out with me on the Upper Rogue River, and Andrew had the hot hand. This morning it was Tressa's turn as she hooked all 3 salmon, landing a wild fish that had to be released and a hatchery keeper.
I've had a great week working multiple trips for Fishing The Rogue and we've had a lot of success. Today was no exception as Travis and Butch hooked into 3 Rogue River springers, and Travis landed a chrome hatchery keeper to take home.
I worked a 2 boat trip for Charlie of Fishing The Rogue today and we got into a great late morning bite. Justin landed 2 nice springers while Phil landed the biggest salmon of the season so far. Fishing on the Upper Rogue should continue to be good through June, and if the wild fish keep getting bigger we could see a 40 pounder soon!
Another great bite today. Jeff had several chances and hooked into a few feisty Upper Rogue springers. The big wild salmon are starting to show in good numbers, and they continue to bite Pautzke Fire Cured eggs.
Jennifer and Trenton joined me for a day of fishing on the Upper Rogue chasing after springers. They had a fun morning catching and releasing several salmon. Thanks for the work Fishing The Rogue.
What a fun day with Andrew and Tressa fishing for springers on the Upper Rogue River. Andrew had the hot hand, and we put the smack down on a few salmon. Back bouncing eggs cured in Pautzke's Fire Cure with sand shrimp was the ticket. We are averaging 2 to 4 hookups most days, and there are still lots of springers moving through the lower Rogue. Fishing will continue to be good through June. I have plenty of open dates next week and all of June. Give me a call at 541-613-3011 to get in on the action.
The bite slowed down a little for today's half day trip with Adam and Eric on the Upper Rogue River. We still had a couple of chances back bouncing eggs, and Adam was able to put a nice hatchery springer in the boat.
The springer bite is still going strong on the Upper Rogue. I worked a quick half day trip for Charlie and Rochelle of Fishing The Rogue this morning. Jim and his son Tyler picked up back bouncing pretty quickly and both landed their first salmon ever. Back bouncing eggs cured in Pautzke's Fire Cure continues to be my go-to method. I still have a few dates available this month and plenty in June for anyone wanting to get in on the salmon action. Give me a call at 541-613-3011.
After taking the last week off, it felt good to be back on the water. My clients for today had to reschedule so my dad took advantage of the open boat. The bite was tough for most, but we had a great day going 3 for 4 with 3 hatchery springers from the Upper Rogue River. Back bouncing eggs cured in Pautzke's red Fire Cure was the ticket once again.
The springers are back on the bite on the Upper Rogue. Eric started things off in the first hole of the morning, and Tim caught his first salmon ever a little later. We also had a few other chances, but the hooks wouldn't stick for us. Back bouncing eggs cured in Pautzke's FireCure was our go-to method this morning.
The bite was a little tougher this morning thanks to more outflows from Lost Creek Dam. Randy and Don still managed to hookup with 2 Rogue River springers, and put a chrome hatchery salmon in the box. The salmon will settle back down in the next couple of days and will be right back on the bite. I have plenty of open dates throughout May. Don't miss your chance at taking home some of the best eating salmon in the Northwest.
Today was day 2 with Steve and Don. The salmon were on the bite once again on the Upper Rogue, but things didn't break our way. Out of 5 hookups we only managed to get 1 springer to the boat. However, that one was the biggest of the year so far, and was definitely worth it.
April has been an awesome month so far, and more and more springers are showing up on the Upper Rogue daily. We got things started fast this morning, as it only took Steve 30 seconds before he had his first Rogue River salmon hooked up. We had a chance to limit the boat out near the end of the day, but the hooks just didn't stick for us. Back bouncing eggs cured in Pautzke's FireCure was the ticket. I have plenty of dates open in May for anyone wanting to chase after the great eating springers on the Upper Rogue.
The salmon bite is going strong on the Upper Rogue. We are getting multiple opportunities a day for springers and the pressure is still very light. I helped fellow guide Jacob McIntire this morning, and Chris and Peter had a fun day with their friends. They were quick learners of back bouncing and were able to get two hatchery salmon to the boat.
The early season springer fishing continues to be good on the Upper Rogue River. We are hooking into salmon daily, and there are some large hatchery keepers in the mix. This morning I got to back bounce one up for myself thanks to my good friend and fellow guide Jacob McIntire. Pautzke's FireCured eggs continue to be the ticket.
The springers are definitely here on the Upper Rogue, and we're catching fish daily. April is off to an awesome early start, and should only be getting better every day. We back bounced up this beautiful hatchery keeper just as the sun hitting the water this morning thanks to Pautzke's FireCure.
Springers are here! After losing our first one of the year yesterday, we made today count. It was a fun day on the water with fellow guides Charlie "Steelhead" Brown and Brady Rogers of FishingTheRogue.com catching salmon on the Upper Rogue River.
Today was ladies day on the water, and Diane was able to land her first steelhead ever! The steelhead bite continues to slow down, and the season is about to wrap up. More and more springers are starting to show up daily. We will be switching over and chasing after them starting next week. Give me a call at 541-613-3011 to reserve your date.
The winter steelhead bite slowed down on the Upper Rogue River, but that didn't stop Tim from catching his first steelhead ever. He followed it up not too long after with his second. Side drifting eggs cured in Pautzke's natural BorX O Fire was the ticket. Springers are starting to get caught daily, and I will be making the switch by the end of this month. Now is the time to reserve your date to chase after the best eating fish in the Northwest. Give me a call at 541-613-3011 to book your trip.
Fishing for winter steelhead remains excellent on the Upper Rogue. The eggs bite has really turned on, and we are catching multiple steelhead every day. My Tuesday regulars Andrew and Tressa were able to release multiple wild steelhead and kept 2 hatchery fish for the smoker. We should have a few more weeks of good fishing before we switch over to springers. There are reports of a springer caught for a few days in a row now. It won't be long before we start to get into them regularly.
The winter steelhead bite continues to be good on the Upper Rogue. We got a late start, but it didn't matter as Jay hooked up on the very first cast, and limited out shortly after. Side drifting eggs cured in natural Pautzke's BorX O Fire was our go-to method.
The bite has really turned on for winter steelhead on the Upper Rogue. Andrew and Tressa hooked into 7 fish today and took home 2 hatchery keepers. Side drifting eggs cured in Pautzke's natural BorX O Fire was the ticket once again.
We received some much needed rain in Southern Oregon the past week, and it's got the steelhead on the bite on the Upper Rogue. Over 700 winter steelhead entered the hatchery in the past week, which means there are lots of fish moving up and more arriving every day. This morning the egg bite was on. We had plenty of chances at fish, and my dad landed these two nice Rogue River winter steelhead. The first springer has also entered the hatchery, and there are rumors of two being caught near the hatchery on Saturday. We have a couple of [...]
The recent rain has brought some fresh winter steelhead into the Upper Rogue. Flows are extremely low so we downsized our offerings, and did a little fly fishing with a spinning rod. The technique paid off, and my dad broke in the new Willie drift boat with 3 nice Rogue River winter steelhead. Reports are good from lower in the river as well, so after the forecasted rain this weekend, things are looking up for Spring break. Springers are also being caught in the lower river, and they'll be here in the next couple of weeks. Give me a call [...]
With a severe lack of rain in Southern Oregon the Rogue River remains low and clear. This has slowed the bite for winter steelhead, however, we're still catching quality fish each day. You couldn't have asked for a better day in March with the temperature reaching 70 degrees, and acrobatic chrome on the end of the line. The new Mag Lip 3.0 plug has been our go-to choice for the low, clear water. The first springer was also caught recently on the lower Rogue. It won't be long before we start to catch them in the Upper Rogue as well. [...]
I had a fun half day trip this morning with Andrew and Tressa fishing for winter steelhead on the Upper Rogue. We got to break in some brand new Mag Lip 3.0 plugs, and they were the ticket. We need some rain to really jump start the fishing again, but there are still fresh steelhead moving up every day.
Doyle had a fun day fishing the South Umpqua for winter steelhead today. The fish ended up winning most of the battles, but he still got to take home this chrome hatchery keeper. Side drifting eggs cured in Pautzke's natural BorX O Fire was the ticket.
The bite was still slow for most boats again today on the South Umpqua River. Tim made his hookup count and landed this hatchery winter steelhead. Despite the slow bite, most of the fish have been hatchery keepers.
The South Umpqua dropped into perfect shape today, but the bite was a little off for most boats. Jacob still managed to hook and land this chrome hatchery winter steelhead while side drifting eggs cured in Pautzke's orange BorX O Fire with a yarn ball. Hopefully the bite will pick up tomorrow as the river continues to drop and clear.
The upper Rogue River has already started to see a good push of winter steelhead. They are showing up early this year which should be a great sign of a big run. Andrew and Tressa joined me for a quick half day float, and were rewarded with a nice sized hatchery keeper.
Fishing remains good on the South Umpqua for winter steelhead. There are also some very large hatchery keepers in the mix. Fellow guide Brady Rogers of FishingTheRogue.com put me on this nice 35.5 inch hatchery steelhead, as well as a chrome native later in the day. The weather forecasts are calling for a few big storms to roll in next week which will blow out the rivers. However, once they drop back into shape expect the fishing to be excellent on both the South Umpqua and Middle and Upper Rogue.
Winter steelhead have started arriving in force on the Middle Rogue River. I took Jeff the owner of X Factor Tackle out for some product testing along with his friend Don. The bite was on the first half of the day and Don had the hot hand. We landed a nice winter steelhead, and a summer steelhead that was heading down river. We also lost a couple of extremely hot winter steelhead, and landed plenty of half pounders.
Conditions were prefect today, but the bite was much slower for most boats. We still had a fun day on the South Umpqua, and found plenty of chrome. My dad was able to put the biggest hatchery steelhead to date in the boat. We also donated a big hen later in the day to the hatchery broodstock program for the Umpqua.
Another scouting trip with the FishingTheRogue.com team to a new creek didn't produce the results we expected, but it wasn't a total bust. We still managed to find a nice winter steelhead on the South Umpqua at the take out. The water was high still, but the next few days should produce excellent results.
You couldn't have asked for a better day of winter steelhead fishing on the Rogue River in January. There was lots of sun and plenty of feisty chrome. Andrew and Tressa both caught their biggest steelhead ever. Side drifting was the ticket for the day.
Another scouting trip with the FishingTheRogue.com team of Charlie Steelhead Brown and Brady Rogers proved successful. Winter Steelhead have arrived already on the Rogue River and fishing will only get better from here on out.
Recent rains have brought fresh winter steelhead all the way up the South Umpqua. I went on a scouting trip this morning with fellow guide Charlie Steelhead Brown of FishingTheRogue.com and it took us all of 2 minutes from leaving the boat launch before we were hooked up. We also lost another winter steelhead shortly after. The river is starting to get too low, but with the next rain fishing should be on for the rest of the season on the South Umpqua. We are expecting a good return with plenty of larger steelhead.
The weather has improved and the steelhead bite on the Upper Rogue continues to be good. Andrew and Tressa joined me for their third trip this season, and had another fun day on the water. They started the morning off landing hatchery steelhead on back to back drifts out of the first hole. They also then got to catch and release several wild steelhead the rest of the day. Side drifting eggs cured in Pautzke's natural BorX O Fire produced the most fish, while pulling Mag Lip 3.5's provided action as well. The fishing should remain good for at least [...]
It was a wet day in Southern Oregon, but the steelhead on the Upper Rogue didn't mind too much. Cooper was able to land his first steelhead ever, and although we hooked up several more times, the fish won the rest of the battles. It was still a fun day on the water watching several takedowns. Mag Lip 3.5's were the ticket.
This morning I had the pleasure of sitting in the front of the boat while fishing for summer steelhead on the Upper Rogue. Jacob did an excellent job on the oars, and his dad had the hot hand landing several nice steelhead. Side drifting eggs cured Pautzke's natural BorX O Fire was the ticket.
It was a bit wet out this morning, but Jay, Makayla and Chance stuck it out and were rewarded with a few nice summer steelhead from the Upper Rogue. Luckily the rain didn't affect the bite, and they were able to hook into fish all day long. Jay landed his first steelhead ever, and Makayla landed her 2nd and 3rd ever. They also lost a few more through out the day. Both side drifting eggs, and pulling plugs were working.
Andrew and Tressa had so much fun on their trip last week fishing for summer steelhead on the Upper Rogue River, that they decided to come out again today. The morning was extremely cold, so we got a later start and it seemed to pay off. The egg bite was non-existent, but we quickly found out that they were smacking plugs instead. Mag Lip 3.5's were the ticket. I have Thursday and Friday available for anyone wanting to get out. Give me a call at 541-613-3011.
Bill took advantage of a cancellation and was able to experience what fishing for summer steelhead is all about on the Upper Rogue. It was a perfect November day with beautiful weather and good fishing. All fish were caught side drifting eggs cured in Pautzke's BorX O Fire.
The bite continues to be tougher than expected for summer steelhead on the Upper Rogue River. However, more hatchery steelhead are showing up, and John was able to catch his limit this morning. We caught fish both side drifting eggs, and pulling plugs.
I had another fun day of fishing on the Upper Rogue for summer steelhead. Adam and Eric joined me for a quick half day and found a few steelhead side drifting eggs.
After opening day's great action, the bite has slowed down some what for steelhead on the Upper Rogue. We had to work a little harder for them today, but still found some nice fish. The coho run is off to a great early start as well. Side drifting eggs cured in Pautzke's natural BorX O Fire continues to be the ticket.
The Upper Rogue opened back up to the use of bait this morning, and just as expected the fishing was awesome! I did things a little different as Jacob wanted to learn how to row the Upper Rogue, and also perfect his side drifting game. I got to guide from the front seat and reel in a few fish next to his dad. We ended the day with double digit hookups, and did a lot of catch and releasing of both summer steelhead and coho salmon. They also were able to take home two hatchery steelhead for the BBQ. Side [...]
We've been receiving a good amount of rain here in Southern Oregon the past week. It's been just enough to keep the Rogue River in shape while getting the steelhead and coho salmon on the move. I'm currently still fishing the Middle Rogue until November 1st when the Upper opens back up to bait and lures. Savannah and I got out for a quick afternoon trip today before tomorrow's rain. She did a great job landing this nice Rogue River summer steelhead that crushed a Mag Lip 3.5. With all the recent rain we are expecting the Upper Rogue to [...]
Fishing on the Middle Rogue has been hit and miss lately for summer steelhead. The steelhead are starting to stage behind the spawning salmon making eggs a better bet than plugs and hardware. Chris joined me today, and although the morning started off slow, we found plenty of rod bending action in the afternoon. He started the second half off with a trophy sized Rogue River cutthroat trout, then lost what was most likely a large fall salmon, and ended the day hooking into a couple of acrobatic summer steelhead. With more rain in the forecast for early next week, [...]
Day 2 with these guys, and Jeff had the hot rod again. He started the morning off with an 18 inch cutthroat trout, and followed it up a little later with his first Rogue River summer steelhead. Fly fishing remains good on the Upper Rogue, although some cooler weather should help the bite.
I had the pleasure of fly fishing with Jeff, Ethan, and Don today on the Upper Rogue for summer steelhead. We found plenty of action hooking multiple steelhead, a couple big salmon, and lots of trout to keep them on their toes. The salmon are in full spawning mode, however, the steelhead still seem to be keying in on stonefly patterns. The trout were actively hitting eggs, so running both is a good idea. Thanks for the work today Rogue River Sport Fishing.
Today was the last day of our Middle Rogue fall salmon season. Salmon fishing was slow, but Tressa and Andrew both found some action with summer steelhead. October is looking good for both fly fishing on the Upper Rogue, and gear fishing the middle.
This morning I worked with Fishing The Rogue for a large party from Boise Cascade. Mark started things off instantly, and was hooked up as soon as his line came tight. He caught the first fish out of all the boats, and it also ended up being the biggest winning him the $200 pool. The fall salmon bite slowed down today, but with rain in the forecast it will hopefully pick back up. Salmon fishing closes at the end of the month.
Scott came out back in July with one of his son's, and decided to take another trip with his other son Dustin. The had a fun day of fall salmon fishing on the Middle Rogue. The same tactics worked again today in the low, slow water. The Middle Rogue continues to produce fish that are in excellent shape.
Woody and Bill joined me this morning on the Middle Rogue for some fall salmon action. The river has dropped considerably, so we had to change up our tactics slightly. We had a few chances at fish, and Bill landed this nice beauty. Thanks for the work Fishing The Rogue.
I took a day off from fishing for fall salmon, and went to the flies only section on the Upper Rogue. My good friend Brady and I both twitched flies and nymph fished for steelhead. We were able to find fish on both techniques. There's nothing quite like hooking into an acrobatic Rogue River summer steelhead on a fly rod.
Today was the annual Middle Rogue Steelheader's Salmon Derby. I fished with Bob and Gary from Wheeler Toyota, and had a fun day. We didn't catch the big one needed to win the derby, but did enter a nice fall salmon. Mike Oconner won for the second year in a row. His two fish weighed in at 31 and 26 pounds after being gutted and gilled.
Judy and Keith visited Southern Oregon all the way from Texas for their 30th wedding anniversary. It didn't take Judy long to kick things off this morning. Within the first 10 minutes she was already hooked up to her first salmon ever. The bite has been tough lately, but we're scratching out a few bites each day. The salmon that we are catching are all very high quality and the meat is still in awesome shape.
I had a fun day with Don and Rick this morning for fall salmon on the Middle Rogue. We had to work hard to find fish, but the ones we did find were high quality. The fall salmon season on the Middle Rogue is off to a good start.
I kicked off the start of my Middle Rogue fall salmon season this morning with Andrew and Tressa. The early bite was slow, but they stuck with it, and were rewarded with a couple of nice fish.
Today was my last Upper Rogue fall salmon trip of the year. Starting September 1st the Upper Rogue closes for salmon fishing and switches to flies only for steelhead. We will be moving down to the Middle Rogue to continue our fall salmon and summer steelhead season. My clients for this morning cancelled, so my dad and good friend Adam jumped on the chance to get out. It only took 2 minutes for my dad's rod to bury, and he was rewarded with the biggest fish of the year so far. The fall salmon measured in at 41 inches and [...]
Pressure increased today, and the bite was spread out between all the boats. We still managed to find some action, although the hooks just weren't staying stuck for us. The Upper Rogue season is nearing it's end. Starting September 1st it closes for salmon and goes to flies only for steelhead. We will be moving down stream to the Middle Rogue to continue our fall salmon and summer steelhead season. I still have dates open in September. Give me a call at 541-613-3011 to book your trip.
Cliff and Mike joined me for a fun morning of fall salmon and summer steelhead fishing on the Upper Rogue. Things got started in the first hole of the day, and never really stopped. They released a couple of wild summer steelhead, and found a fall salmon to take home. Unfortunately as the story usually goes the big one got away today.
Outflows have increased on the Upper Rogue, and fresh fall salmon have flooded the river. They were on the bite this morning, and Eric and Igor found their limits by 10:30. We had quite the battle with the big girl, as she hit a small steelhead plug on the ultra light rod. The 8 pound leader withstood the battle long enough for me to slip the net underneath her. The rest of the salmon all came on Pautzke Fire Cured eggs fished behind a diver. The season ends Sunday night, so there isn't much time left. We will be moving [...]
Nobody took advantage of an open seat offer yesterday, so John had to hook all the fish today by himself. We had multiple chances at both summer steelhead and fall salmon this morning on the Upper Rogue. August continues to be a good month, and fishing should stay consistent into September. We're still waiting for the majority of fall salmon to leave the bay, but enough are slowly moving up to provide good action for us.
Rob and his two kids joined us for a morning of fishing the Upper Rogue. They were rewarded with a summer steelhead each, and there were lots of smiles all around. A big thanks to guide Brady Rogers for running the trip.
The fall kings have made another good push into the Upper Rogue, and the egg bite was on this morning. Adam and Eric joined me to kick off Adam's bachelor party, and they had a fantastic morning. They both hooked 2 fresh, and extremely hard fighting fall salmon this morning. We won't talk about the ones that got away though... Fresh salmon should continue to move into the Upper Rogue for the rest of the month thanks to this weeks rain. There are also summer steelhead around, but the bite has been very inconsistent.
The rain this week has the salmon on the move and they are a little spread out now. The big push of fish that we were catching earlier in the week has moved above the deadline on the Upper Rogue. There are still a few around, and Sam got to fight a feisty king this morning. The egg bite has been consistently better than plugs. We have been catching salmon both back bouncing and fishing the eggs behind a diver. Hopefully the fish will continue to move, and more fresh fall kings will arrive this week. Thanks again for the [...]
This morning we were greeted with thunderstorms while out on the Rogue River while fishing for salmon and summer steelhead. Rochelle started things off with a bang, quite literally as thunder was going off in the background as she reeled in the first king of the day. Once the thunder moved out the rain came in, and turned it into a very soggy day. Bruin managed to hook another salmon, but after that the rain seemed to turn off the bite for everyone. The rain and cooler weather should drop the river temperature drawing fresh fall salmon upriver. We are [...]
Marv and his grandson J joined me for a day of fishing on the Upper Rogue this morning. The bite was a little off, but they still managed to hook a steelhead and land a salmon. We expect to continue to catch fish every day, until cooler weather arrives or they increase flows from Lost Creek Dam. Once the river cools down we will get a big push of fall salmon and summer steelhead into the Upper Rogue, and the bite will be on once again.
Fishing for summer steelhead on the Upper Rogue River continues to be good. I am now starting to do evening trips through the month of August to target these acrobatic fish. This is the perfect way to escape the heat, and enjoy a few adult beverages while getting out to fish. Savannah joined me last night and was able to land a couple of nice summer steelhead in short order. Evening trips are Tuesday's through Friday's and $200 for the boat. Bring 1-3 people, the price doesn't change. Trips start around 5pm and go tell dark. Give me a call [...]
Jeff and Andrew took advantage of my Facebook posting of 2 open seats for this morning. The salmon bite has been great on the Upper Rogue and today was no different. They landed 4 salmon in the first 2 hours and 5 total for the day. They both were lucky enough to land a hatchery keeper as well. The stretch of the Upper Rogue that we are currently fishing closes to salmon fishing beginning Aug 1st. I still have Tuesday the 29th and Thursday the 31st available for those wanting to get in on the action before it closes. Once [...]
Mike and his grandson Steven killed it today fishing on the Upper Rogue River. The early morning bite was on, and they landed a mix of 5 salmon and steelhead in the first 2 hours. The salmon bite shut off after that, but we still found a few summer steelhead spread throughout the rest of the day. Thanks for the work Fishing The Rogue.
The bite slowed a little yesterday on the Upper Rogue River, but Andrew and my Dad made the most of what bites we got. They went a perfect 4 for 4 and landed a salmon and steelhead each. We had to release the native salmon, but both of the steelhead were hatchery keepers. It was a fun day full of smiles, and I can't wait to do it again with them. Both of the salmon were caught back bouncing eggs, while the steelhead fell to small plugs.
Another great day of fishing on the Upper Rogue. It took Jeff only 30 seconds to hook the first summer steelhead of the morning. He followed it up with a few late springers and also lost one other summer steelhead. All of this in just a short half day float. The bite is definitely on and now is the time to fish the Upper Rogue. With over 500 summer steelhead already returning to the hatchery, we are in the middle of a great early run. Fishing should only continue to get better as August is the typical peak of the [...]
Took a day off to fish with my dad and good friend and fellow guide Brady Rogers. It was a nice change of pace to sit up front and be able to hook and reel in a few fish myself. The bite was on this morning as we hooked several salmon and steelhead. The salmon have been biting both bait and plugs with bait slightly better. Steelhead have been hammering plugs, with the occasional fish coming on bait. The bite should continue to be good until the very upper section of the Rogue closes at the end of July. Thanks [...]
Fishing on the Upper Rogue River has been the best it's been all spring & summer thus far. There are plenty of late spring salmon and early summer steelhead around to provide a day's worth of action. Landing hatchery fish to keep has been the only hard part. This morning Tressa and Andrew got several bites while back bouncing eggs for salmon, and also hooked two summer steelhead while pulling plugs. Tressa was lucky enough to land a hatchery springer that they could take home. With temperatures in the 100's here in Southern Oregon, the fishing has been best very [...]
The summer steelhead have arrived in force on the Upper Rogue. I worked a multi-boat trip today with Charlie from Fishing The Rogue, and between the two of us we hooked into 8 fish. Our boat had the luck for summer steelhead, and Josh and Lauren got to experience the high flying aerial displays they are famous for. While we were busy dealing with steelhead, Charlie put the hurt on a few late springers that were still in excellent shape. Fishing on the Upper Rogue for both salmon and steelhead is good right now, and should remain consistent through the [...]
Part of the Upper Rogue River opened to the retention of wild salmon today. Scott and his son Dillon joined me for the opener, and experienced what fishing the Rogue is all about. Dillon had the hot hand, and after losing the first two, was able to finally put a beautiful Rogue River springer in the boat. Pressure will start to lighten and fishing should remain good. Summer steelhead are starting to show in good numbers as well, and we are starting to switch over to combo trips. I have plenty of open dates in July and August currently, but [...]
Devon and John spent the last two days chasing springers on the Upper Rogue with me. Wednesday the early morning bite was on for us. Devon got things started in the first hole hooking the first salmon of the day all by himself. Unfortunately the fish won that battle, but on the very next pass he hooked up again. After a couple minutes of battling the big salmon by himself, Grandpa John had to start helping. It was a great team effort, and we eventually slid the big spring salmon into the net. It was Devon's first salmon and biggest [...]
The Army Corps started raising the river level this morning on the Rogue River, which slowed the bite down compared to the weekend. However, Sharron was a quick learner and picked up back bouncing right away, which lead to the first salmon of the morning. The hatchery springer inhaled the eggs cured in Pautzke's red Fire Cure. Although the salmon bite was slower, the trout were very active. We caught several smaller ones fly fishing, and one 20 incher while salmon fishing.
Happy Father's day to all the dad's out there. I worked for FishingTheRogue.com and Jeff and Bud joined me this morning for a quick half day trip for springers on the Upper Rogue. The bite was on for us, and Jeff had the hot hand hooking 3 of the 4 salmon. Only 2 made it to the boat, but they were both perfect examples of what the Rogue springer looks like. The morning started off with a chrome mid 20's hatchery keeper, and Jeff followed it up shortly after with a mid 20's wild springer that had to be released. [...]
Another successful Thursday working for Fishing The Rogue. Flows dropped this week on the Upper Rogue near Shady Cove, but the springer bite remained on. Anna had the girls luck this morning, and was able to experience the hard fight of a fresh Rogue River salmon. Perfect fillets of springer will be making it's way back to Minneapolis thanks to the missing fin on this hatchery fish. With cooler weather in the forecast we are expecting the bite to remain consistent. It should also last longer into the day providing action throughout the trip. We have been catching all of [...]
Fishing for spring salmon on the Upper Rogue River has still been hit and miss, but the bite seems to be getting more consistent. We are typically getting multiple bites every day, but the fish have been winning a lot of the battles lately. I worked a trip for Charlie and Rochelle of Fishing The Rogue this morning, and was able to get Mike and Ed hooked into a springer each. Eggs continue to outproduce plugs. We are getting bites both back bouncing and fishing eggs behind a diver. The Upper Rogue is starting to transition to the part of [...]
After a very slow start to the week, the bite finally picked up today. John came out by himself and found that the big wild Rogue River springers are in. After a 10 minute, hard fought battle, we finally slid the big boy into the net. A little later in the day we found a nice hatchery springer for him to take home. All in all it was a fun day of springer fishing on the Upper Rogue. The bite seems to be turning on as we start to reach the typical peak of the run. The big wild salmon [...]
After a great early start to the season, the bite has tapered off the last week. We are still hooking springers, and have even lost some of the biggest fish of the season recently. With cooler temperatures in the forecast for this week, we are expecting the bite to pick up. The Ackerman family joined us yesterday for a day of fishing on the Upper Rogue, and were rewarded with a few nice springers. In the first hole of the morning Dave got things started for us with a nice 17 pound hatchery springer. The salmon crushed eggs cured in [...]
April continues to put out springers on the Upper Rogue. This morning Jeff back bounced up a nice 12 pound hatchery keeper that fought more like a 20 pounder. These early fish continue to impress me with just how bright and hard fighting they are. Eggs continue to be the top producer with Pautzke's Red Fire Cure being my go-to choice thus far. Some of the best fishing of the year has been taking place on the Lower Rogue recently, which means there are a lot of fish heading our way. The 2014 Upper Rogue springer season is shaping up [...]
The Upper Rogue River springer season is kicking off early this year. Things normally don't start to get good until May, but we're already hooking salmon every day. These fish are extremely bright, and hard fighting, as well as being some of the best eating salmon in the world. This morning Tressa got to experience her first springer fight, and was rewarded with a very nice hatchery keeper. This week eggs have been outproducing plugs. Both back bouncing and fishing the eggs behind a diver have been working. We will most likely continue to hook fish every day until mid-May, [...]
The winter steelhead run is winding down on the Rogue, and Springers are starting to show throughout the river. Yesterday marked the start to our Upper Rogue Spring salmon (Springer) season as we hooked, but unfortunately lost, the first one of the year. Rogue River springers are some of the best eating fish in the world, and early indicators are pointing to a very good run this year. We fish for them with eggs and large plugs, and although they can sometimes be very challenging to hook, some of the techniques we use are easily learned by beginners. Fishing on [...]
The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here in the Rogue Valley the past week. We are fishing for winter steelhead on the Rogue in 70+ degree days. Unfortunately the bite has been a little slow compared to what it's usually like during April. We are having to work hard for 1 to 3 steelhead a day, although the rainbows and cutthroat are extremely active and providing some nice action. The first confirmed Upper Rogue springer was also caught yesterday, which means everyday going forward we have a better chance of hooking into one. Springers won't be around in numbers great [...]
Thanks to my good friend, and fellow guide Phil Tripp, I got to spend today fishing up front and fight a few winter steelhead myself. The bite on the Upper Rogue is still a little slower than it should be, but we are having a couple of opportunities at fish each day. Today we landed one big buck, lost another large one, and landed a couple of smaller steelhead and lots of trout. Eggs cured in Pautzke's natural BorX O Fire produced most of the bites, but one of the larger steelhead came on a plug. The bite is still [...]
April is already off to a great start. The South Umpqua dropped into perfect shape today, and Scott was rewarded with some extremely fresh and hard fighting winter steelhead. The fish won most of the battles today, but he still got to take home a chrome hatchery keeper. We hooked most of our steelhead side drifting eggs cured in Pautzke's natural BorX O Fire. With the peak of the winter steelhead run going on the Rogue and Umpqua, April will continue to be a good month. I have plenty of dates available still available the next 3 weeks if you'd [...]
As we start to get into the peak of winter steelhead season on the Rogue River, fishing has been very consistent. Low outflows from Lost Creek Dam have slowed the bite a little, but we're still catching fish every day. Today I did a quick half day float with friends, and got to reel in a nice bright hatchery keeper for myself. The winter steelhead bite lately has been on both plugs and eggs, and bites have been spread through out the day. As of March 27th, 1157 winter steelhead have entered the hatchery, which is a great early return. [...]
Flows are starting to drop on the Upper Rogue, and winter steelhead fishing is starting to kick into full swing. Barry and John joined me Tuesday, while Andrew and Tressa had a quick half day flaot this morning. Both days we tied into 4 fresh winter steelhead. We have had our best luck the last two days pulling plugs as the egg bite has been slow. Early April is the usual peak of the run on the Upper Rogue, so fishing will continue to get better over the next couple of weeks. It's also time to start thinking about springer [...]
Sunday's rain storm had the Rogue extremely high and muddy, but we were still able to fish the section from the hatchery to Casey State Park. With the rest of the river extremely high, a few winter steelhead moved up, but most seem to be waiting for the river to drop more. We had one chance early in the morning but weren't able to get it in the boat. As the river starts to drop even more, the fishing will start to pick up. Today the river will be fishable down to Rogue Elk, and down to Shady Cove by [...]
Winter steelhead are starting to pour into the Upper Rogue, after a few good shots of rain that have raised the river. Today the very upper section was in great shape, but was also very crowded. We got a late start and fished behind the big crowd. It payed off as Savannah caught her first steelhead ever, and followed it up shortly after with another one. Both fish fell to Mag Lip 3.5 plugs covered in Pautzke's red Nectar. We have another big storm forecast to hit us tonight and last through tomorrow. This will blow out most of the [...]
We finally received some much needed rain here in Southern Oregon and our rivers dropped into perfect shape this weekend. It brought out the crowds, but fishing was good Saturday and Sunday. Monday the fishing slowed down considerably on the South Umpqua, but we still managed to catch and release a beautiful chrome winter steelhead. The Middle and Upper Rogue are just starting to pick up as well, and reports were good from there this weekend as well. I will be fishing both the Rogue and South Umpqua depending on the weather conditions and where the best fishing is. March [...]
Winter Steelhead fishing on the South Umpqua has been great the last couple of days. The river dropped into perfect shape, and there were plenty of hatchery and wild steelhead around. My Tuesday regulars, Andrew and Tressa, joined me yesterday for their first shot at catching a winter steelhead. They were rewarded with consistent action throughout the day, and Tressa hooked into 5 hard fighting Umpqua fish. We caught most of our fish side drifting eggs cured in Pautzke's red BorX O Fire, and also had a little success running Mag Lip 3.5 plugs. The rain arrived overnight, and all [...]
Spent the last few days fishing a little farther north, and learning some new water. I fished with friends and fellow guides Charlie "Steelhead" Brown and Phil Tripp learning a couple of new runs on the Umpqua River. Winter Steelhead were plentiful and we found a few fish in each drift, including a few trophy sized steelhead. Most of the action was catch and release of wild steelhead, however, we did find a few hatchery keepers, including one that went 17 pounds. The action will continue to stay good as we get into February, especially if we start to receive [...]
Had a good start to the local winter steelhead season here in Southern Oregon. We finally received enough rain to bring some fresh fish up closer to the Rogue Valley and get things kick started. I spent the day fishing with good friends and fellow guides Charlie Steelhead Brown, and Phil Tripp, and once we got things dialed in it was game on. We landed two nice wild hens, and missed a few other solid bites. All of our fish fell to side drifted eggs. Fishing for winter steelhead should continue to only get better, especially if we can receive [...]
With no precipitation for a month, we still haven't seen any sign of winter steelhead close to the Rogue Valley. However, fishing for late summer steelhead and coho salmon has still been good on the Middle and Upper Rogue, but normally we've made the switch over by now. With a guide's day off we decided to head out of town, and hit a new to us stretch of river where winter steelhead have arrived. The Umpqua River still has some water in it, and the winter steelhead are stacking up in the lower mainstem. Reports were better the week before, [...]
Went and learned a couple of new rivers the last few days with good friend and fellow guide Charlie "Steelhead" Brown. Both the Elk and Sixes Rivers receive late returns of Fall Kings, and the fishing is very dependent on the rain. Monday's storm raised both just enough to bring them up to fishable levels, so we made the drive over. Tuesday we spent the day on the Elk river. It receives the most pressure out of the two thanks to it's great return of hatchery salmon. This gives you a lot better shot of taking your two salmon daily [...]
Both the fishing pressure and the bite dropped off today. We were the only boat out for the first half of the day, but the steelhead just weren't cooperating. Despite the tough bite, we still managed to hook into a couple of nice fish. The weather forecast is calling for rain this weekend. If it hits us directly it could bring one more big push of summer steelhead into the Upper Rogue before the season starts to wind down. It would also jump start the winter steelhead season over on the Chetco.
Andrew and Tressa had such great times their first two trips this month on the Upper Rogue that they had to take another one. They got to break in my brand new Chrome Seeker Custom side drifters today, and they put them to the test all day long against some hard fighting and high flying summer steelhead and coho salmon. It was an action packed day that started with 2 steelhead from the very first hole, and just got better from there. Overall we ended the day going 6 for 10 with one of the one's we lost being the [...]
A big thanks to my good friend and fellow guide Phil Tripp of Phil Tripp's Guide Service for running today's trip for me. It started as a one person with Steve, but turned into a two person trip at the boat ramp as Larry jumped in with them. Both plugs and eggs were producing on the Upper Rogue and they boated 6 fish between the two of them, 2 of which were hatchery steelhead to take home.
Had a day off, and finally got to sit up front and catch a few fish myself thanks to good friend and guide Phil Tripp of Phil Tripp's Guide Service. Things started out extremely chilly in the morning on the Upper Rogue, but as it warmed up so did the fish. We even hooked into 3 extremely hot and bright summer steelhead in the last hole of the day. Overall his dad out fished me going 4-4 with 3 nice steelhead and 1 19 inch cutthroat trout. I went 1-3 on steelhead but found a nice hatchery keeper to take [...]
The rain bumped the river level up just as expected, and brought plenty of new coho salmon and summer steelhead up river. It didn't take long for Dave to connect with his first ever silver while side drifting eggs, and then followed it up on the very next drift with another one. Both were wild and had to be released, but put up great fights and the first one even went air born. Luckily a little later in the day we found a nice bright hatchery coho that he'll be turning into fish tacos. We had a couple of other [...]
Andrew and Tressa had such a great time on their trip earlier this month that they wanted to come back out and give the Upper Rogue another go. We had a little slower fishing than their first trip, but we found a couple of nice fish for them to take home for the BBQ and smoker. For their first time ever side drifting they both picked it up extremely quick and it wasn't too long before Andrew slid our first summer steelhead of the day into the net. A little later in the day Tressa finally connected with one of [...]
Had a cancellation today, but couldn't pass up getting out with the amazing weather we've been having. A short couple hour float by myself produced the first coho salmon of the year from the Rogue. Despite the lack of rain there's quite a few moving up river, and we're not even to the normal peak of the run. T-shirt weather in Mid-November. It doesn't get any better than this With rain in the forecast over the weekend we're expecting the bite to pick back up. The Upper Rogue should turn back on for both summer steelhead and silvers, [...]
Even without rain we're still finding a few nice summer steelhead moving into the Upper Rogue. Today I worked a trip for FishingTheRogue.com, and got to put Jennifer on her first steelhead ever. Plugs have still been our go-to method below Shady Cove as it's currently closed to bait fishing. Most of the hatchery steelhead have seemed to move up river closer to the hatchery, but some high quality natives are providing excellent catch and release fishing. A few more silvers continue to show up everyday as well.
Despite a lack of rain we're still finding nice summer steelhead every day on the Upper Rogue. Depending on the section we're either doing a mix of side drifting eggs and pulling plugs, or just pulling plugs. Nothing quite beats watching the take down of a steelhead hammering a plug, but bait has been out fishing them where legal. Most of the steelhead we are catching are also in excellent condition. Although there's nothing wrong with gorgeous colors in fall, chrome is always nice to land. Today Arnold found this bright hen that crushed a Mag Lip 3.5 plug. I [...]
Fished a different section today, and fishing for summer steelhead ended up being a little slower. We were behind a bunch of boats for most of the day, but were still able to find some action. After landing a handful of nice cutthroat trout, Jeff's rod finally buried with an acrobatic Rogue steelhead. Even though he's been in the river for a little while, he put up quite the fight going air born several times. The forecast is calling for a small storm to move through tomorrow. After that the fishing should get right back to normal with plenty of [...]
Ran my first trip of the late summer steelhead season on the Upper Rogue today. November is always one of the best months for fishing on the Rogue, especially when you add in the picture perfect fall scenery. Andrew and Tressa had never caught a steelhead before, but we changed that in the second hole of the day. The weather was a little drizzly to start, but as soon as it cleared the bite really picked up. They got to witness plenty of slamming takedowns, and even a few of the high flying acrobatics that summer steelhead are famous for. [...]
I've been taking some time off from guiding, and have been fun fishing with friends just across the border on the Klamath River in Northern California. The fall king salmon in the section just below Iron Gate Dam aren't the biggest or brightest fish, but they make up for it with their aggressiveness and numbers. We had one of our better days today landing 10 salmon out of the 20 hooked, and started the morning off with a couple of doubles. When there's that kind of action it's always fun, even catch and release fishing. This year there has been [...]
The Upper Rogue is in the middle of its flies only season, and with recent rains the bite has been good. No experience is required as we mostly fish the flies under a float using spinning gear. It's a great way to catch steelhead, as you are using light gear which makes for a fun fight. The flies only season on the Rogue lasts tell the end of October and then we can start using bait and lures again. I am also currently fishing on the Upper Klamath River in Northern California for fall salmon. I am not doing guided [...]
The season officially ends on the 30th, but today was my last trip of the year on the Rogue for fall salmon. It was a short half day trip for fellow guide Charlie "Steelhead" Brown of Fishing The Rogue, and the bite was a little off compared to the end of last week. We downsized the presentation in the last hole of the day, and it payed off as Jesse's rod finally doubled over. On 8 pound leader the big salmon put up quite the fight, and even went air born right next to the boat. After finally gaining the [...]
The Fall rains have finally arrived, and we got a little soaked today on the Middle Rogue. Kye, Tyler, and Colton toughed it out and were rewarded with a fall salmon in the last hole of the day. One again, back bouncing plugs wrapped with a sardine fillet soaked in Pautzke's Nectar was the ticket. We are expecting more showers this weekend, which will help to lower the river temperature, and slightly increase flows. That should help to turn on the bite for the last part of the fall salmon season, which closes above Hog Creek Boat Ramp on October [...]
Did a volunteer trip today for Disabled Fishing Oregon. Bon, who lives here in Medford, has had two strokes which left him unable to drive. He's really wanted to get out fishing with his son Beau, and really wanted to watch him his first salmon. Today we made that happen. Despite a late start, and fishing behind the fleet of boats, their request was answered when Beau hooked up half way through the trip. After a 15 minute battle, I finally slid the net under the biggest salmon of the year. Beau hooked up with the Chrome Seeker Custom [...]
We're into the heart of the fall salmon run on the Rogue, and fishing has been consistent. We're getting a couple chances each day, with the occasional great trip. Today I had the opportunity to take out my old basketball coach, and ended up putting him on his biggest salmon of the year. The Chrome Seeker Custom Rods have been put to a lot of tests lately, and have performed flawlessly. The big salmon gave Don quite the fight, as she peeled off 100 feet of line after smashing the K15 wrapped with a Pautzke Nectar soaked sardine [...]
Had a day off today and went fun fishing with fellow guide Charlie "Steelhead" Brown and his friend Fred. It was a new stretch of river to me, and was the first time any of us had fished it this year. The move payed off in a big way, as we found the fish stacked up in the last hole of the day. The three of us took turns putting each other on salmon, while Fred took big fish honors for the day. Once again back bounced K15's were the hot ticket for the day. The big fish of [...]
The Upper Rogue switched to flies only today, so we had to move downstream to fish for fall kings. The bite in this stretch has slowed down from Wednesday, but there's still a lot of fish in the area. Despite slow reports form the morning, we decided to make an evening float. It ended up paying off big when Eric landed one of his biggest salmon to date in the first hole of the night. He caught it back bouncing a K15 with a Pautzke Nectar soaked sardine wrap.
The rain over the weekend didn't help the fall salmon bite on the Rogue as much as expected, but we still managed to find a couple of biters. In the first hole of the morning Andrew got an injection of adrenaline, as a feisty fall king slammed the diver and Fire Cured eggs. After a battle that tired him out as much as the fish, he was able to hoist up his first salmon ever for a picture. Andrews first ever salmon. We were able to follow that up with a nice little jack, and send him home [...]
The bite slowed down slightly this week, but we still managed one limit of salmon today. We also missed a couple of other opportunities for summer steelhead. The early run of fall king salmon have hit the Upper Rogue, and are providing some of the hardest fights of the year. These fish are big and mean, and the meat is in excellent shape. We've been catching the salmon both on KwikFish wrapped with sardines soaked in Pautzke's Nectar, and back bouncing Fire Cure eggs. Today's fish loved the eggs so much that you couldn't see the hooks down in its [...]
Thanks to the cooler weather last week we've had fresh summer steelhead and salmon move up into our area of the Rogue, and the bite has been on lately. Today John came out to try and get rid of his 2013 skunk and that's exactly what I did for him. The first half of the morning things went the fish's way. John hooked into three salmon, but everyone of them came unbuttoned. Luckily things took a turn our way the second half of the day, and John was able to land a pair of Rogue River summer steelhead, and a [...]
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 [...]
Cooler weather has arrived to Southern Oregon for the time being, and with it, the bite has turned on. Part of the Upper Rogue closed today for salmon, but below Dodge Bridge remains open for both salmon and summer steelhead. Combo trips are producing very well right now, and are the best way to have plenty of action. The Tong family came all the way from Hong Kong to experience the Rogue today, and were rewarded with a great time. From the slamming take downs, to the drag screaming runs and high flying jumps, it's a day they won't soon [...]
Fishing on the Upper Rogue continues to be good, and we're starting to catch more summer steelhead along side the springers. I took out one of my mentors who has taught me a lot the last few years, and payed back the favor with letting him reel in a few. Things will continue to get better for summer steelhead, as August is one of the prime months. Fishing for late springers will remain steady as well, and the fall kings will be showing up in the next couple of weeks.
Afternoon half day trips are starting to produce for late springers as well. We went back out to the same area this evening and hooked up with two salmon in just a couple hours of fishing. Unfortunately some times you can do everything right, and the hooks still pop out. I'm running an afternoon special for a few more weeks, so be sure to take advantage of it while we still have plenty of daylight. Give me a call at (541) 613-3011 to book your trip now.
Fished with good friend, and fellow guide, Charlie "Steelhead" Brown yesterday on the Upper Rogue for late springers. We put in early and it payed off with hooking 3 fish on our first 3 baits of the day. We got 2 nice adults and one jack, with the biggest one pushing 30 pounds. The fish and meat are still in excellent shape for late July. The fishing in this stretch will continue to be good through August, and this time of year produces some very large fish. Great reports are also coming in from the lower Rogue for the fall [...]
Today we had the most opportunities at fish that we've had all year. Unfortunately we were only able to finish the deal on the first one of the day. That one king made the entire trip though, as it was also the largest of the season so far. The big native salmon put up quite the fight, as Phil had to battle it for around 10 minutes before we could subdue the chrome beast. For being mid-June the springer was in excellent shape, which is due to the removal of the dams on the Rogue. They no longer slow down [...]
Had to work a little harder today, but we ended up finding our fish a little later in the morning. Wild springers continue to make up the majority of the catch, and although we can't take anything home for the BBQ, they make for some hard fighting, catch and release fishing. Savannah got to battle her first ever (and second ever) king today. By the end of each fight she was too tired to lift the fish up, so Jeff posed for her.
Fishing for springers on the Upper Rogue River continues to be good. Catches have improved over the last couple weeks, and we are consistently having multiple chances at fish every day. We also found our first hatchery keeper salmon of the season. Springers are the best eating salmon in the world, so it will be a tasty treat for the BBQ.
Wild fish continue to dominate the springer catch. Although they must be released, they are extremely hard fighting, and we're helping to maintain a healthy run by ensuring they make it to the spawning bed. Jeff caught these bright kings back bouncing roe.
Fishing for springers was decent today. Eric and his dad fished hard all day and were finally rewarded late in the morning. We found one nice native springer followed by a couple more opportunities that we couldn't close the deal on. The bite is definitely starting to pick up.