River Outlook

ROGUE - A decent mix of adult summer steelhead and halfpounders are in the Grants Pass area, while the Wild and Scenic section remains good for summer steelhead and the upper Rogue is about to get back on people's radar screens with the regular change in regulations Saturday.

That makes the middle Rogue the best now, and the upper Rogue later.

In the middle Rogue, steelhead are all over the place, even big ones, but light leaders are needed in the low and cold water. One steelhead caught and released Wednesday measured 381/2; inches long. It was taken on a yarn ball and spinning gear right near the Indian Mary boat ramp. That alone should give you all you need to know. Spinners, single egg flies, yarn balls and small clusters of roe are all decent bets. Most of the big steelhead are wild and they must be released unharmed.

The upper Rogue from Gold Ray Dam upstream to the Shady Cove boat ramp is about to shift out of the flies-only season to flies and lures. Beginning Saturday morning, fishing there will be allowed with flies, lures and artificial baits with conventional spinning gear. Side-drifting small scented egg flies will be good, and plug fishing will be OK (it would be better if the water wasn't a chilly 43 degrees).

Fishing with bait will again be legal beginning Saturday on the Rogue from the Shady Cove boat ramp upstream to the Hatchery Hole. The run should be loaded with driftboaters because the traditional Nov. 1 opener here is on a Saturday. As of Oct. 23, 3,881 summer steelhead had gone over Gold Ray Dam.

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.

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 tapering off, with some big fish still spread out from Bullards Beach boat ramp to Myrtle Point. Bouncing eggs or trolling spinners with copper blades and red bodies or herring are the most productive. Try waters around the Bandon Marina and near the mouth of Ferry Creek.

ELK - A mix of adult chinook and smaller jack chinook are moving into the estuary and fishing has been fair with flies and anchovies. Chinook are getting caught daily, but not in large numbers yet. Already an adult chinook and a handful of jacks have made it to the hatchery, so there are some fish spread throughout the system.

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 - Low-water conditions mean the river won't open for chinook fishing as planned Saturday. Trollers can work the lower three miles and bank anglers can fish Tide Rock and Morris holes, where salmon are stacked up at times.

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