River Outlook

ROGUE - The lower Rogue Bay has remained hot for early-run fall chinook, with an average of close to a fish per boat throughout the past week. The middle Rogue is starting to see the first few fall chinook of the run, while the upper Rogue transitions into the late-run springer season from Dodge Bridge on down and the rest of the upper Rogue remains a summer steelhead show. So the best bet remains the lower Rogue Bay, where the fishing is good and the crowds haven't gotten crazy yet.

Fishing has been steadily good to very good the past 10 days, and this is the first such string the lower Rogue has seen in a few years. Trollers working from the jetty jaws straight to the Highway 101 bridge have done well consistently on straight anchovies, anchovies with a green blade in front or a G-Spot spinner.

Fish are coming best during the incoming tides. Last week's 48-pound chinook remains tops of the year so far, but lots of 40-plus chinook already have been in the works. Anglers can keep two a day and up to 10 a year under restricted bag limits.

In the upper Rogue, fishing for springers ends Friday evening upstream of Dodge Bridge. There are about 2,723 summer steelhead already over Gold Ray Dam, and that's what's available for those fishing upstream of Dodge beginning Saturday morning.

Summer steelhead bite all kinds of offerings, including worms, streamer flies, ugly bugs, pink plastic worms, crayfish plugs, spinners and more. The trick is to find these fish in fast water around structure and tail-outs.

Below Dodge Bridge, anglers can continue to fish for spring chinook with roe or Kwikfish wrapped with sardine filets. Fish the migration lanes with either bait to increase your opportunity for catching a fin-clipped hatchery chinoook.

All wild chinook must be released unharmed for those fishing upstream of the Hog Creek boat ramp in the middle Rogue downstream from Merlin.

Flows out of Lost Creek dam have increased to 1,907 cubic feet per second thanks largely to the sweltering heat.

In the middle Rogue, the first pod of fall chinook reportedly swam past Galice earlier this week, causing a little stir among summer steelhead anglers. But it's not quite enough to trigger bent rods at the regular haunts like Ennis Riffle, Finley Bend and Griffin Park.

A few big hatchery steelhead have been picked up in the evenings by fly-fishermen swinging streamer patterns like golden demons, silver hiltons and red ants.

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 - Both sturgeon and striped bass fishing have been slow in the lower Umpqua. Crabbing has been slow to fair. Angling for pink fin perch has been good to fair on the in coming tides.

The spring chinook season in the North Umpqua closes Aug. 1. Summer steelhead angling is slow.

In the mainstem Umpqua, shad fishing is slow. Sturgeon fishing also remains slow in the estuary. Smallmouth bass fishing remains excellent in the Elkton area, but public access is poor.

The South Umpqua is very good for smallmouth, especially the lower end.

COQUILLE - A few sturgeon have been caught in the lower river recently, but overall fishing is slow. Striped bass catches are fair. There have been no confirmed reports of fall chinook being caught in the lower river.

COOS - Shad action has slowed way down in the South Fork of the Coos River, for those trolling shad darts.

CHETCO - Fishing for cutthroat trout is fair to good in tidewater on bait. Upstream fishing is allowed only with artificial flies and lures.

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. Anglers may retain up to two adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day, with an 8-inch minimum length. Cutthroat trout must be released unharmed.

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