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Written By: Cal Kellogg, June 30, 2014
Location: Rogue River,
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that the Rogue River from the mouth upstream to Hog Creek boat landing opened to zone regulations June 1 for Chinook salmon. This means that both hatchery and wild fish can now be retained.
For anglers that want to chase kings while avoiding fishing pressure, June is an excellent month. The best time to fish the river is when the weather cools and water temperatures drop a little. 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.
On the middle Rogue, spring Chinook are moving through 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 2,400 cfs and the water temperature was 62 degrees as of press time.
On the upper river anglers are catching spring chinook in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, back trolling bait-wrapped plugs, and back bouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Anglers have also reported catching a few summer steelhead in the upper Rogue.
Salmonflies are currently emerging on the upper river creating an excellent opportunity for fly anglers targeting trout. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released.
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