Fishing Report from Fishing The Rogue.
The Elk and Sixes rivers, here on the southern Oregon coast, have been very low and clear over the past few weeks. The rivers have been quiet, absent of most boats and anglers, but we continued to fish and have managed to hook and land plenty of fresh king salmon.
Yesterday, we landed our 1st winter steelhead* of the season. We observed plenty of winter steelhead headed upstream.
An inch of rain is predicted for Friday here in Port Orford which will help the rivers rise and give them a bit of color. This will only help fishing conditions.
*Winter steelhead are hard fighting and sizable (averaging 7 to 10 lbs and up to 20 lbs) ocean run rainbow trout.
Umpqua river winter steelhead fishing update: Winter steelhead fishing is picking up on the Mainstem and North Umpqua river and a few steelhead are begining to show in the south Umpqua.
We will be fishing for winter steelhead on the south Umpqua, near Canyonville (just north of Grants Pass/Medford/ShadyCove) beginning in January.
Rogue river fishing report: Anglers have started to catch winter steelhead in the lower Rogue river near Gold Beach. This is the very beginning of the winter steelhead season on the Rogue. Winter steelhead will be headed upstream over the next few months.
We will be fishing for winter steelhead on the upper Rogue river (Shady Cove/Medford/Grants Pass) soon. Their arrival can vary from year to year, but fish showing in the lower Rogue is a good sign they will arrive soon.