River Outlook

ROGUE - Spring chinook fishing has picked up a bit in the lower Rogue and has been hit-and-miss in the middle Rogue, but it has still been slow in the upper Rogue, even though the first 47 springers have run the gauntlet and reached the ponds of Cole Rivers Hatchery.

The best bet for the coming weekend is still pretty hit-and-miss. But more anglers will start focusing on the waters around Gold Hill now that Savage Rapids Dam's fish ladder is back in operation and passing fish after being dry the past three weeks as part of the construction work to remove the dam.

These fish are all moving, so they are better fished in migration lanes than in holding pools.

Kwikfish wrapped with a sardine filet are the weapons of choice, followed by back-bouncing roe. Bank anglers have a tougher go, but they are hitting a few fish each day at the Hatchery Hole now.

Things should improve in coming days. Flows out of Lost Creek Lake are up to 2,090 cubic feet per second as the Corps backs off its plan to fill the lake by Friday. The lake should be full sometime next week, and out-flows will again pick up.

In the lower Rogue, the low and clear water conditions have slowed the spring chinook bite considerably. Guides, however, are still picking up a few fish each day scattered throughout the lower eight miles of the Rogue.

At least a dozen fish were confirmed to have been caught daily so far this week. Most anglers are fishing in slightly deeper water and in migration lanes.

Bank fishing in the lower Rogue for spring chinook has been almost non-existent under these conditions.

The flows at Agness were down to 3,100 cubic feet per second Wednesday, and that water is so clear that it has the springers pretty well spooked.

However, flows are forecast to improve and that might trigger a little flurry of springer activity this weekend.

The best catches are coming on anchovies with green spinner blades in front.

The upper Rogue has more than 5,600 winter steelhead spread out from Gold Ray Dam to Cole Rivers Hatchery.

Steelhead fishing is slow and most of the catches are spawned-out kelts that should be released unharmed. As of Friday, all wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide.

Fishing has been very hit-and-miss, with a few anglers hitting steelhead on K-11 Kwikfish under willows and around submerged boulders.

Some side-drifting of roe, yarn balls and pink plastic worms has worked in deeper glides. Bank fishing has remained slow, though.

ILLINOIS - The river is closed to all angling until May 23, when it will reopen for trout and steelhead fishing.

UMPQUA - The mainstem Umpqua is fishing fairly well for spring chinook, with catches best below Yellow Creek and on warmer days.

The North Umpqua is slow for steelhead, and the first few spring chinook have shown themselves in the Rock Creek area.

The South Umpqua is closed to all angling until May 23, when it will reopen for trout and bass fishing.

The lower Umpqua is starting to improve for striped bass.

COQUILLE - Winter steelhead fishing closes this evening.

COOS - Winter steelhead fishing closes this evening.

ELK/SIXES - Both rivers are closed to steelhead fishing.

APPLEGATE - The river is closed to all angling until May 23.

CHETCO - The river is closed to all angling until May 23.

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