River Outlook

ROGUE - Spring chinook salmon fishing has been steadily fair in the upper Rogue, has slowed to a crawl in the middle Rogue, is halfway decent for the few stubborn souls fishing in the Agness area — but is poor in the estuary. That makes the best bet the upper Rogue, where fish numbers are inching up into the area where they become visible. As of June 19, 9,053 spring chinook had been counted at Gold Ray Dam. That's still low, but certainly better than it's been.

The bite for springers in the upper Rogue largely depends upon where and how anglers are attacking the river. All wild springers must be released riverwide, so the smarter anglers are avoiding deep holes where wild springers are holding.

Focus on migration lanes, the inside turns of gravel bars and the top ends of glides. Back-bouncing roe continues to out-produce Kwikfish throughout much of the upper Rogue, in part because more people are fishing roe than plugs from driftboats and powerboats.

Bank fishing has been steadily good at the Hatchery Hole, which has turned into a mini combat zone again because of intense pressure there. First light remains best, but casters are hooking fish throughout the day on green or orange beads and corkies. Glow-in-the-dark corkies are best at first light.

Flows out of Lost Creek Lake continue to hover just under 2,800 cubic feet per second of 53-degree water. That makes for perfect upper Rogue springer fishing conditions.

In the middle Rogue, a few fish are getting caught daily around the Weasku Inn by bank anglers casting beads and corkies.

The summer steelhead count over Gold Ray Dam is starting to get high enough to think steelhead. As of June 19, 236 summer steelhead had been counted over the dam. When it gets to 500, start targeting them in riffles and deeper glides. Make sure it's good, flowing water around rocks and submerged boulders.

Stoneflies are still flying in the impoundment just beneath the dam, with catches best on evenings after sunny days.

In the far upper Rogue upstream of Lost Creek Lake, weekly trout stockings are occurring around campgrounds such as Union Creek and Farewell Bend. Catches of legal-sized trout are good on worms, single salmon eggs or woolly bugger flies.

ILLINOIS - The river is open to catch-and-release fishing on resident trout. Catches are slow.

UMPQUA - The lower stretch of the mainstem Umpqua is in good shape and fishing fairly well for spring chinook, with regular doses of 40-pound fish in the mix. Shad catches have been very good this past week at Sawyer's Rapids along the lower stretch of the mainstem. Chartreuse or orange flies and jigs are working best. Striped bass have been active since Rock Creek Hatchery released its smolts into the river.

The North Umpqua is shaping up for good fishing in the Rock Creek area. Smallmouth bass fishing is good in the lower end of the South Umpqua, where anglers can keep up to 10 fish a day.

COQUILLE - Sturgeon fishing in Coquille's tidewater has been slow. Striped bass catches have picked up in the upper end of tidewater. Shad fishing is slow.

COOS - Shad are now in the South Fork of the Coos River, and trolling shad darts has been fair to good. The run is low this year. No shad have been reported in the Millicoma River yet. Good catches of black rockfish have occurred in the lower bay near the high and low slack tides.

CHETCO - Fishing for cutthroat trout is fair to good in tidewater on bait. Upstream fishing is allowed only with artificial flies and lures, with Prince nymphs working well in pools in early mornings and evenings.

ELK/SIXES - Both rivers are fishing fair to good for sea-run cutthroat trout with spinners and flies.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to angling, and a few fly-fishers are catching and releasing rainbow trout throughout the Applegate and Jackson Campground area. Stonefly nymphs and dries are working best.

DESCHUTES - The salmon fly hatch is tapering off but catches of rainbows continue to be good.

KLAMATH - Dry-fly fishing for trout is good below the Boyle Powerhouse, with golden stoneflies still hatching and flying daily. Fly-fishing for trout has been good in the Keno area below Keno Dam with caddis and mayflies.

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