Avid angler Tim Moran reports:
A check in with a few local shops in the Roseburg and Grants Pass area report winter steelhead fishing on the middle and upper Rogue has picked up noticeably in the last few weeks! At present time, the river is blown out and will be until early next week, but we should see pretty consistent fishing next week with it just getting better through mid April or so. Although there are fish available above the Applegate river, there are more opportunities below the confluence as 3000+ turn right and into the Applegate. and don’t come to There are tons of great swing runs down there and swinging flies and drifting gear will get you into many big steelhead in the winter/spring.
The Umpqua River has been very good too and guides are getting fish in the main river and the south fork. Fish to 15 pounds have been caught this year, and there will be plenty more to come as fishing will get better through early April up there! Swinging flies, fishing beadsm bait and pulling plugs are all taking fish when flows are right for these disciplines.
The coastal rivers have all picked up quite a bit in the last few weeks for winter steelhead too, so it’s GAME ON for winter steelhead fishing through April! The Umpquas, Chetco, Smith (Cali or Oregon), Elk, Sixes, Rogue etc all have a decent amount of bright fresh winter steelhead, so get out there and get yours while the getting is good. The Illinois and Applegate have picked up quite a bit as well, and will keep fishing really well through the end of March when they close.