Upper Rogue River near Shady Cove, Oregon
Season: May through July
Springers are King Salmon that return to the Upper Rogue River starting in late April. They are known as the best eating salmon in the world, and are extremely healthy due to their high Omega-3 fatty acid content. They are also pound for pound one of the hardest fighting fish in the Northwest. We have had battles with 25 pound fish that have lasted longer than their fall counterparts twice their size.
The Rogue receives a strong run of hatchery springers every year, and anglers are allowed to keep 2 a day for the BBQ. To protect the wild run, all native fish must be released, and although they can’t be taken home, they provide some drag screaming catch and release fishing. The wild fish are also larger on average. A typical hatchery springer is 14-18 pounds, while the wild run averages 16-22 pounds with a few every year going over 35 pounds.
When fishing for springers on the Rogue you can expect to do a combination of back-bouncing eggs, pulling plugs, and pulling divers with eggs. Back-bouncing is a skill that can be hard to master, but we do our best to teach those who have never done it. When used in combination with divers and plugs, an angler of any skill level can catch these hard fighting fish.