The Fish Sniffer - Fishing Pressure Light For Springers
Fishing Pressure Light For Springers

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 11, 2014
Species: River Salmon Trout
Location: Rogue River,

There are fresh spring-run chinook salmon pushing up the Rogue River daily and it is now legal to harvest wild fish. Despite the fact that salmon are spread throughout the river, angling pressure is light.

The ODFW reported that June is a great month to fish the lower Rogue for kings. This time of year spring Chinook fishing is best early mornings. Before heading out, anglers should check river flows, water temperatures, and tides as these are all important to catching spring Chinook.

Springers are pushing up the middle Rogue quickly on their way to the holding areas in the upper river. This along with clear water conditions have resulted in low catch rates for anglers downstream from Gold Hill. Anglers are picking up a few salmon by fishing plugs or bait while anchored in travel lanes. As of June 1, anglers are able to keep wild Chinook per the zone regulations downstream of the Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp. The flow at Grants Pass was 2,500 cfs and the water temperature was 59 degrees as of press time.

Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with over 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout each week. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries.

Lower flow levels this summer should make for good fishing. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

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