The Fish Sniffer - Anglers Wait For Fall Kings To Arrive
Anglers Wait For Fall Kings To Arrive

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 23, 2014
Species: River Salmon Steelhead
Location: Rogue River,

It is transition time on the Rogue River. The spring salmon run is just about over and fall run kings have yet to arrive. According to the ODFW, fall Chinook should start moving into the estuary anytime.

On the middle Rogue, anglers are catching a few summer steelhead. Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. The flow at Grants Pass was 2,390 cfs and the water temperature was 63 degrees as of press time.

On the upper reaches of the Rogue, anglers are catching spring Chinook and a few summer steelhead in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, back trolling bait-wrapped plugs, and back bouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

Anglers are now able to keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

To date, 5,732 spring Chinook and 134 summer steelhead have entered Cole Rivers Hatchery. So far this season, the hatchery has recycled 3,561 spring Chinook salmon back downstream to Gold Hill to give anglers another chance at catching these fish.

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