The Fish Sniffer - Fall Run Kings Arrive At Mouth
Fall Run Kings Arrive At Mouth

Written By: Cal Kellogg, August 6, 2014
Species: River Salmon Saltwater Salmon Steelhead
Location: Rogue River,

(Gold Beach) The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that the first fall Chinook of the season are showing up in Winchester Bay, and anglers have started picking up fall Chinook at the mouth of the Rogue River.

At the mouth of the Rogue, anglers have started picking up fall Chinook trolling anchovies or an anchovy with a spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect Chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. The best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

On the middle river fishermen are catching summer steelhead. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. A decrease in the release from Lost Creek Reservoir will mean much lower river flows for the next several weeks.

Anglers are catching spring Chinook and summer steelhead in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.


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