Upper & Middle Rogue River near Medford, Oregon
Season: Late June through January
Summer steelhead are some of the most energetic fish in the world to catch. Once hooked they go ballistic, making several high flying aerial displays, and often leaving the angler in an adrenaline filled daze wondering what just happened. They are very similar eating wise to Springers, and are also extremely high in Omega-3 fatty acids.
The Rogue River is famous for it’s Summer Steelhead fishing, and actually receives two distinct runs. The early run arrives in good numbers to the Upper Rogue starting in June, and provides plenty of action through September. In the fall we then receive our second big push of fish, which we start to target in the middle section of the Rogue in October. Some of the best fishing of the year occurs in November and December when both the early and late runs are in the Upper Rogue.
Anglers are allowed to keep 2 hatchery steelhead a day, and the average size Rogue River summer run is 4-8 pounds. About half of the run is composed of hatchery fish, so there is always a good chance to take home a couple of fresh fillets of steelhead. Just like the Springers, we are required to release all wild summer steelhead to preserve the native run for future generations.
Summer steelhead are very aggressive fish, and on your trip we will use a variety of different techniques from pulling plugs, to eggs under a float, to tossing spinners, to fly fishing. All are fairly easy to master making summer steelhead an excellent choice for any level of experience.