Rogue River Fishing Guide

A Rogue River fishing guide can catch more salmon and steelhead and bass for you on the rogue river in Southern Oregon. The rogue river is a popular river in Southern Oregon and rogue river fishing guides catch more fish. Catch salmon on the rogue river. Full day trips and 1/2 day trips are fun ways to catch fish. Contact a Rogue River fishing guide to date and book a trip on a charter boat in Southern Oregon.

ROGUE RIVER, LOWER: winter steelhead
Low and clear. Steelhead are moving, but getting them to bite has been tough. Some of the best methods are plunking a spin and glow or running plugs from a boat on the inside corners of the river. Steelhead fishing will only get better through December, with January one of the best months.

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Fishing has slowed in the Grants Pass area for steelhead. Fish are sluggish due to cold temperatures. Anglers are catching a few steelhead on plugs in copper and gold colors and by side drifting small pieces of roe. Coho are being caught on plugs and spinners such as the blue fox with a green squid skirt and panther martins. Anglers are anticipating better fishing as soon as the rains come. The flow at Grants Pass on Dec. 8 was 1260 cfs. Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be harvested.

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There are several types of fish you can catch on the Rogue River. Pacific Salmon include Chinook, Coho, Sockeye (Kokanee), Pink and Chum Salmon. Native Trout stocks are also classified with the Pacific Salmon, and include Rainbow, Redband, Westslope Cutthroat, Coastal Cutthroat, and Lahontan Cutthroat.

Native Char include Dolly Varden and Bull Trout. (Many stocks are federally or state listed as Threatened or Endangered Species, so be sure to check State Regulations before planning a fishing trip!). Stocked trout include these species plus several other imported species like Eastern Brook, Brown and Lake Trout.

Other common native game-fish on the Rogue River include Northern Whitefish, White Sturgeon, and Northern Pike-minnow (squawfish). Common warmwater species include Walleye, Large- and Small-mouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Black Crappie, Bluegill and Channel Catfish.

Shad were introduced to the Rogue River region in the 1800's, and now return in the millions to the Columbia River. Some less common fish, such as Tiger Muskellunge and Striped Bass, are available.

You can find these fish on Upper Rogue, Lower Rogue river and Rivers and Lakes for information on fish found on the Rogue River and in the Siskiyou National Forest.

Much of the area is in private ownership. Big Creek (located south of Yachats approx. 8 miles on HWY 101) can be good fishing as fish move into the river at high tide. A good road borders the stream and most areas are owned by the forest service. Cape Creek (located at Heceta Head off HWY 101) is a small tributary that offers wild winter steelhead. Southwest Zone South Coast The Oregon South Coast offers the winter steelhead fisherman a diverse group of rivers to fish for steelhead. Anglers can fish tiny Brush Creek, battling steelhead and willows, or sit in the comfort of a jet boat running plugs on the mighty lower Rogue River. Steelhead start showing up in fishable numbers in the Rogue River by Thanksgiving. By mid-December, fish arrive in the Chetco River. All rivers are provide good steelhead fishing in early January. The peak of the runs on all non-Rogue River rivers is January thru February, and most of the fish are spawned-out by mid-to-late March. Many rivers open to steelhead angling in the Coos-Coquille-Tenmile basins are open through April 30. Winchuck River The Winchuck is slow to muddy and clears quickly after rains. The upper river is primarily Forest Service with good access for bank anglers. Anglers can float the river, but fishing from a boat is prohibited. Chetco River The Chetco is slow to muddy and clears quickly after a rain event. It is the only non-Rogue River stream with a hatchery program. ODFW has maintained a wild broodstock collection program on the Chetco River for more than 12 years, releasing 50,000 steelhead smolts annually.

Boat and bank anglers are catching a few steelhead using roe and yarn and worms for bait. Try to fish close to the bottom. The Rogue River from the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park upstream to the deadline markers located downstream from Cole Rivers Hatchery Diversion Dam is open to the use of bait, while angling between Gold Ray and Shady Cove is restricted to artificial flies and lures. As of Nov. 30, 5899 summer steelhead have been counted at Gold Ray Dam. A total of 2401 coho salmon have passed Gold Ray Dam as of Nov. 30.

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Copper johns and bead head prince fly patterns are working well. Try egg patterns while salmon are on their redds. Fish riffles and runs on or near the bottom with weighted flies. Swinging flies may also produce fish in mornings and evenings. Only adipose fin-clipped steelhead and Coho salmon may be harvested.

On Dec. 8, the flow out of Lost Creek Reservoir was 919 cfs and the flow at Gold Ray Dam was 1190 cfs on Dec. 8. Trout fishing has been good. Anglers should try using flies or small lures. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be retained.


The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir closed to fishing on Nov. 1

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