River Outlook

ROGUE - Spring chinook fishing remains fairly good for bank and boat anglers in the upper Rogue, where fish numbers, though low, are finally looking a little better. And with the rest of the river in its regular mid-June lull, the upper Rogue is the top draw for the week.

As of June 17, 6,794 spring chinook had been counted over Gold Ray Dam. That's far below average, but many of those are fresh springers that crossed into the upper Rogue in the past two weeks. Bank fishing is best at the Hatchery Hole, where anglers are consistently hitting fish very early in the morning. Glo-in-the-dark corkies are the favorite among the hatchery dike's faithful. Fishing tails off as soon as the sun hits the water, but a few fish are also getting caught during the day.

Remember, all wild spring chinook must be released unharmed. Anglers can keep up to two fin-clipped hatchery chinook a day.

Driftboat anglers are still focusing upstream of Rogue Elk Park. Guides are doing well, in part because there is not a lot of mid-week competition for good slots.

Fly-fishing for resident cutthroat and rainbow trout is very good in the upper Rogue, primarily upstream of Shady Cove. Blue-winged olives and mayflies are good choices, with stoneflies also worth using.

The upper Rogue also had a reported 315 summer steelhead over Gold Ray Dam as of June 18. Typically, once their numbers eclipse 500, summer steelhead can be targeted with decent success in the upper Rogue. Worms, streamer flies, nymphs, crayfish plugs and small egg clusters are all good choices for these very aggressive fish. The last hour or two of daylight is best, with the summer steelhead tending to hold in deeper, faster riffles where oxygen levels are best.

The middle Rogue remains almost dead water at this time of year, with very little spring chinook action and just a few people casting worms for migrating summer steelhead. Focus on the inside turns and bring a dictionary to read between casts.

The lower Rogue has seen the end of the spring chinook season, with all the fish already past the Agness area. A few people are targeting summer steelhead, but effort remains light. Some sea-run cutthroat are in the lower few miles of the Rogue, and catches remain fair to occasionally good. No one is trolling the bay yet for early fall chinook or coho.

The far upper Rogue in the Union Creek/Prospect areas will be stocked again this week with rainbow trout. Catches have been improving as the stream flows drop and warm. Worms, single salmon eggs and most nymph flies are working well.

UMPQUA - The bay remains slow for striped bass and a few springers remain in the main-stem river. Shad fishing is good in the main-stem, with most of the bank action around Yellow Creek and Sawyer's Rapids. However, driftboaters are finding pockets of fish all over spots upstream of tidewater. Chartreuse jigs and shad flies are working best.

The North Umpqua remains fair for spring chinook and good for early summer steelhead. So far, 4,000 spring chinook and 750 summer steelhead have been counted over Winchester Dam. That's a good early showing for summer steelhead. North Umpqua flows were holding steady around 3,000 cubic feet per second.

The South Umpqua was warming and starting to fish very well for smallmouth bass. Flows at Brockway were down to 776 cfs this week.

COQUILLE - Some cutthroat trout are being caught in tidewater.

CHETCO - The Chetco River system is open to trout fishing, and some early-season cutthroats have been caught in tidewater free-drifting bait such as sandshrimp or prawns. Look for cutthroat fishing to improve in early June. Flows are low and the fish are mainly in tidewater.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing. Outflows are down to 309 cfs. Some decent catches of resident rainbow trout on flies or small pieces of cheese in the McKee Bridge area, but effort is light. All non-finclipped fish must be released unharmed.

DESCHUTES - Spring chinook fishing below Sherars Falls has been good for plunkers, with catches improving as water levels drop.

Trout fishing is improving on the lower Deschutes upstream from White River with the warmer temperatures. A few salmon flies have been observed in the Maupin area. Trout anglers should be successful using

KLAMATH - Angling below Keno dam is fair as flows are currently around 1,000 cubic feet per second. Lures and flies imitating minnows and leeches work well. Caddis flies and damsel flies are now hatching.

WILLIAMSON - Flows are high and fishing for redband trout is slow in the upper end, while fishing for rainbow trout in the lower end is fair.

WOOD - Flows are high in the lower Wood. Fishing is slow for brown trout and redband trout. A few salmon flies are hatching.

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