SW Oregon Fishing Report

Rogue Producing Chinook, Umpqua Producing Well

Spent some time on the coast this week and the fishing and weather could not have been better!  We started our journey with the intent on fishing the Smith River tide water  with boober’s and eggs but a recon trip proved fruitless as the river wasn’t holding many fish and those that were there were dark.  This situation should change quickly when we get a good freshet and the low water comes up and new fish enter the river.  Look for improving fishing here as early as next week if we get a decent shot of rain this weekend.

We changed rivers and tactics and launched in the Umpqua River in Reedsport.  We were out with our guide and friend Martin Thurber and we were fishing Pro Trolls and spinners.  Fishing started hot and kept up throughout the morning on an outgoing tide.  We hooked our first chinook literally 10 seconds after putting our last rod out.  Not even time to pour a cup of coffee!  (Brother in Law) Brent Lanz landed a chrome 18 pounder and we were off!  As the morning progressed we hooked and landed several “endangered”  wild coho…this would be a theme.  After the tide change we moved out further into the river below the trestle bridge and I hooked up with a nice 20 lb king and soon it joined it’s sister in the fish box..we were rolling!   We later picked our way through several more “wild coho” before getting two hatchery fish to round out the day out near the Smith River mouth and a bit beyond.  We ended up with 22 fish to the boat and four keepers on a 75 degree day in October!  That’s pretty good fishing!

Fishing in the area should hold up for another couple weeks at least and fishing will get good in the freshwater sections on the next big rain event.  Water in the nain river is low now.  

 Lower Rogue River – Fishing has been good in the lower river from the bay to Agness.  Up in the river, back trolling bait wrapped KwikFish, Flat Fish and Hot Lips have all been working as well as eggs and shrimp.  Fishing should improve as we head further into October and fish continue to arrive. 

Middle and Upper Rogue –  Steelhead are dispersed throughout this section and swinging black and purple flies has been very effective.  Trout fishing is also good and fish are responding to caddis and BWO dries and to terrestrials like ants and beetles.  Nymphing has been good on black, red and copper – Copper John’s in sizes 14 to 18.  This river is also a great spot to cast a renegade as an attractor fly pattern for trout and the occasional Steelhead.  Check in with the local fly shops or bait and tackle stores in the area you plan to fish to get the latest intel and gear.  

Siltcoos Lake –  Bass are active in the warmer afternoons and fishing for some of the state’s biggest and healthest is good now and will continue for another few weeks until the temps drop.  Look for fish in shallow warm water in the afternoon’s and hit them with white spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  earlier, fish plastic worms along the points and on any hump or island you find.   Trolling for trout is good now too. target them with blades with a s\mall spinner and worm combo or a small spoon like Dick Nite’s. 

Well that’s the report.   There are lots of opportunities – especially for getting some salmon fillets in the freezer!  Have a great week everyone and get out and enjoy the outdoors…even in the rain!

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