SW Oregon Fishing Reports

District Remains Hazardous for Air Quality but Chinook Running in the Rogue, Coos

I covered all the devastation in the Eastern report but suffice to say the Archie Fire on the N. Umpqua near Glide along with the Thielsen Fire, and the Obenchain Fire and Two Four Two Fire in the Rogue drainage east of Medford are serious fires.  Parts of these rivers are fishable but it’s best to avoid the areas within 10 miles of the road closures to allow fire crews and machinery to access the area.  All in All it’s going to be pretty awful conditions anyway.

The bright spot is the coast, with westerly winds pushing the smoke east and opening up the skies!  There are fish abound down there too with good reports lately from the Rogue Bay and the Coos River estuary where Guide Martin Thurber has put clients on limits every day for two weeks.  Fish a plug cut herring naked on a 6 ft. leader and a lead above or use an in-line flasher with a herring.  A Brad’s can be effective too!  I am heading down this weekend so I’ll have a personal report to share with you all next week.   

Have a great weekend and hope, pray or do whatever it is you do’ for our great state, our rivers and our fish!  Stay safe ya’ll!        

Webinar Driftboating and bank fishing the Wilson River with Pro Guide Bob Rees January 20th