The Fish Sniffer - Springer Bite Goes Up And Down With Weather
Springer Bite Goes Up And Down With Weather

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 21, 2013
Species: Trout River Salmon
Location: Rogue River,

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, spring chinook fishing picked up this week in the lower river with the cooler water temperatures, but warmer weather will probably slow the bite and move more anglers down to the estuary trolling for fall chinook. 

Spring chinook and summer steelhead are passing through the middle Rogue, and are providing some opportunities for anglers. The flow at Grants Pass was 2,340 cfs, and the water temperature was 59 degrees on July 1.

Spring chinook are well distributed throughout the upper Rogue, and fishing has been fair to good.  Fishing is also picking up for summer steelhead as more arrive in the area. The flow at Gold Ray was 2,430 cfs and the water temperature averaged 54 degrees on July 1. The flow released from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,200 cfs and the water temperature was 52 degrees.

As of June 18, 40 summer steelhead and, 214 spring chinook had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery. A total of 3,164 spring chinook have been recycled as of June 18. 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.

Trout fishing has been fair. Only adipose fin-clipped rainbow may be kept. All non-adipose finclipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed.

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