The Fish Sniffer - Rain Expected To Improve Steelhead Fishing
Rain Expected To Improve Steelhead Fishing

Written By: Cal Kellogg, February 27, 2014
Species: Steelhead
Location: Rogue River,

The ODFW is reporting that rain this week should improve steelhead fishing for plunkers and boat anglers on the lower river, but the river is expected to drop and clear through the week. As long as flows stay below 3000 cfs at Agness, drift boat anglers will want to float Foster Bar to Agness for some good side drifting for adult steelhead and half-pounders.

On the middle Rogue late run summer steelhead continue to be available, and some winter fish have shown up despite low water conditions. Anglers can have success casting flies, drifting night crawlers, or casting spinners like a Panther Martin with a black body and gold blade. The flow at Grants Pass was 1300 cfs and the water temperature peaked at 42 degrees as of press time.

Reports indicate winter steelhead are available in the Galice and Robertson Bridge area with the occasional fish being caught further upstream. If the rain predicted for this week materializes, this area could see some good fishing by the end of the week.

Angling pressure is light on the upper river. Some late run summer steelhead are available, and winter fish should be showing at times despite low water conditions.


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