Salmon Fishing Busts Loose At Highway 101 Bridge
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that lots of chinook salmon have moved into the bay immediately offshore of the Rogue River’s mouth. These kings are biters and anglers are hooking them.
Most of the fish are being picked up around the Hwy. 101 Bridge. Most anglers are trolling an anchovy with a spinner blade in front of it.
Summer steelhead are moving upstream, but warm water is making it hard to get them to bite. Halfpounder steelhead are just starting to make an appearance, but the run won’t really take off until the middle of August.
Surfperch fishing has been good. Easy access to some good perch fishing can be had fishing from the sand spit at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should keep on the marine forecast and try to fish when the swells are smaller and less wind.
Summer steelhead are passing through the middle Rogue. Anglers can have success casting flies, drifting nightcrawlers, or casting spinners like a Panther Martin with a black body and gold blade. The flow at Grants Pass was 1,490 cfs, and the water temperature was 65 degrees as of press time.
Summer steelhead and trout are beginning to dominate fishing activity on the upper Rogue. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir remained at 1,500 cfs, while the flow at Gold Ray was 1,630 cfs and the water temperature was 60 degrees.
Spring chinook fishing is nearly over for 2013. The river upstream from Dodge Bridge closed to chinook angling on Aug. 1. The river from Fishers Ferry to Dodge Bridge is open to the harvest of both adipose fin-clipped and non-adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon from July 1 through Aug. 31.
As of August 6, 529 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery. A total of 8,382 spring chinook have entered the hatchery so far in 2013. A total of 4,004 spring chinook were released back into the fishery this year. Anglers are encouraged to contact the local district office to report catches of recycled hatchery fish, which are marked with a tag near the dorsal fin.Back To Reports