River Outlook

ROGUE - The chinook and coho bite has been slow in the bay, while fishing for jack chinook salmon and late halfpounders is fair in the Agness area. The Lower Rogue Canyon remains full of adult steelhead and halfpounders that are just edging upstream thanks to low-water conditions, while steelhead fishing continues to be hit-and-miss in Grants Pass and rather slow in the upper Rogue.

That makes the best bet the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue, if you can get a guided trip. Triple-digit catches of adult and halfpounder steelhead have been common all month on dark flies, small spinners and crayfish plugs. Bait fishing remains banned in the canyon until Nov. 1, so little effort has been put toward the fall chinook that continue to move through.

In the lower Rogue bay, fishing for coho and chinook has slowed way off and angling pressure is very light. Anglers are still catching a few fall chinook stacked up at the base of Indian Creek waiting to run into that small hatchery there. Upstream in the Agness area, coho fishing is fair, but most of the fish are wild and must be released unharmed.

The middle Rogue remains spotty for summer steelhead, particularly with low-water conditions stalling migration. Most guide boats are fishing in the Grants Pass run, many casting egg flies or small egg clusters behind spawning redds. Halfpounders in the Galice and Merlin areas are biting very well on dark streamer flies, small spinners, worms and roe.

In the upper Rogue, it remains flies-only through October. With just 1,042 cubic feet per second of 43-degree water now flowing out of Lost Creek Lake, water conditions are poor for anything but nymphing with a heavy stonefly or Ugly Bug dropper fly and a single-egg point fly. As of Oct. 15, 3,715 summer steelhead had been counted over Gold Ray Dam.

Spin-casting with bobbers is legal in the upper Rogue, provided there are no added weights or attachments like swivels. The fish are spread out so be mobile, with driftboaters focusing on fast water and pockets near boulders.

UMPQUA - In the estuary, sturgeon and striped bass fishing is slow. Late-run chinook and smallmouth bass fishing have slowed dramatically. The mainstem river in the Elkton area is loaded with coho salmon biting plugs and spinners. In the North Umpqua, steelhead fishing is fair to good in the flies-only section amid more low-water fall conditions. The South Umpqua is closed to all angling. All wild steelhead throughout the system now must be released unharmed.

COQUILLE - Chinook fishing is picking up, with big fish spread out from Bullards Beach Boat Ramp to Myrtle Point. Bouncing eggs or trolling herring or spinners with copper blades and red bodies are the most productive. Try waters around the Bandon Marina and near the mouth of Ferry Creek.

ELK - Chinook jacks are showing in the estuary, with anglers using chartreuse flies and anchovies running into some. Big chinook haven't moved into the estuary in force yet due to low water. Most early chinook fishing is with chartreuse flies, Vibrax spinners or anchovies free-floated in the estuary.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing, and anglers are finding some rainbows and cutthroat. All wild rainbow trout and all cutthroats must be released unharmed.

CHETCO - The Chetco remains closed to angling until Nov. 1, when fall chinook anglers will hit the river in force.

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