River Outlook

ROGUE - Fall chinook are moving through the lower Rogue bay while plenty of halfpounders and adult summer steelhead are available in riffles from Agness downstream to Huntley Park. Summer steelhead fishing is good during the evenings in the upper Rogue, while summer steelhead are outpacing fall chinook in the Grants Pass area, where plenty of catches on Panther Martin lures are reported every evening.

But the lower Rogue remains the place to be, regardless of your pleasure. Fall chinook fishing is hit and miss, with plenty of chinook in pools from Hotel Riffle down to Huntley Park, but the bite has largely been off.

Casting spinners, worms and streamer flies for halfpounders, adults and chinook jacks is good throughout the day, with all the classic riffles fishing well at times.These steelhead and halfpounders are all on the move, so catches usually come in waves regardless of the time of day, though dusk is best.

In the upper Rogue, almost 2,700 summer steelhead have been counted over Gold Ray Dam as of Aug. 22, the last counting date available this week from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. However, the waves of early-run steelhead are starting to slow down. Many of the fish are smaller adults under 20 inches. They're hitting roe, worms, pink rubber worms, K-9 and K-11 Kwikfish, crayfish plugs and most streamer flies. Beginning Monday, however, it reverts to the flies-only season. Streamer flies will work well through the first half of September, then the cooler water-releases will send everyone to nymphs and indicators.

The lower Rogue bay is slow for chinook, but many of those getting caught are quite large again this year. Trollers are using anchovies and spinner blades. There is so much feed in the ocean and the estuary that it's difficult to get the attention of these chinook.

The far upper Rogue's regular trout-stocking is close to normal, but downed trees continue to made it impossible to stock Hamaker again this week. The Crater Creek access, however, is open. Worms, single salmon eggs and most nymph flies are working well for the stocked trout.

UMPQUA - Smallmouth bass fishing remains excellent in the mainstem Umpqua around the Big K Ranch. A variety of rubber baits, both surface and bottom, are working throughout the day. Sturgeon fishing is slow in the bay.

The North Umpqua's summer steelhead fishing is improving as weather conditions get more conducive to steelhead. All wild steelhead throughout the system now must be released unharmed.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing, and anglers are finding some rainbows and cutthroat. The out-flows from the reservoir were at 301 cubic feet per second Wednesday. A few summer steelhead have hit the lower section, and fishing pressure on them is light. All wild trout and all cutthroats must be released unharmed.

KLAMATH - The Klamath River from J.C. Boyle Dam to the J.C. Boyle Powerhouse is very good for catching redband trout. Most redband trout in this section range from 6-12 inches. The Klamath River below the Powerhouse is fair for redband trout 10-14 inches.

Lures and flies imitating minnows and leeches work well.

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