Middle Rogue– steelhead fishing is underway throughout the river now

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Mid-Rogue producing summer steelhead; Chetco was hot, now it’s not
The Rogue Bay which had a pretty good year is done now. The Chetco Estuary has seen a nice bite last week with a 46 pounder caught. Summer steelhead are scattered throughout the Rogue River although the half pounders have not been abundant yet....I'm still waiting! Hopefully them along with Coho should be coming anytime and any rain should only improve the action. The marine forecast is looking to be decent for those boaters wanting to target some bottom fish and halibut. Nice Fall weather is also a good time to take the kids out to target bass and panfish at the local small lakes and ponds too. Crabbing in the bays has also been good along with clamming on minus tides.

I finally got out last Sunday with my wife Dawn and fishing partner Tess to "wet a line" on a beautiful Fall day at my favorite (slightly secret) hole on the Rogue. The company was great, the fishing fair, the catching poor, and the beer was cold and tasty!

Marine Forecast:

Another decent upcoming weekend is forecast for getting out on the ocean to catch halibut and rockfish. The ocean has been quite rocky with large swells and some wind chop the past few days, but earlier limits of some nice bottom fish and large Ling cod were had. Also, there's still plenty of quota for halibut left- 30 to 40% depending on sub area. Bottom fishing is now open to all depths and surf perch anglers are getting action new Nesika beach in Gold Beach.

Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082

Andy reports that the past few days have been rough with large ocean swells and wind chop has kept his fleet in. A more favorable outlook is in store for this weekend however and he expects to get out and catch some nice big Ling cod as well as lots of bottom fish and maybe a halibut or two.

COOS RIVER BASIN:

Chinook fishing continues to be slow one day and another day several fish caught...mostly the former. Most of the anglers are fishing Marshfield Channel and in the Coos River. Coho catches which had been good earlier this month tapered down and will close Friday the 15th. Salmon anglers will still be able to harvest hatchery and wild Chinook after October 15th.

Diamond Lake-It's cold and some snow flurries have already touched the lake. However, anglers are getting some nice sized fish 16"-20" among their limits. Pressure is low and the fish are hungry...take a heater with you!

Expo Pond (day use permits are required) Fishing has been picking up with the recent cooling temperatures where the most northern pond is the best bet for largemouth bass.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: the lake is dropping to it's fall low, the fish are more concentrated and fat.. Anglers seem to be doing well. A few anglers have reported catching tiger trout in Lemolo.

CHETCO RIVER: The estuary is the place to be right now for those targeting nice Chinook. Be forewarned that there are a lot of boats and bank anglers so please be patient and use "common sense" in this area. A nice bite last weekend and into early this week saw some fish caught with one 46 pounder weighed in!

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing is good again in the lower Coquille River casting swimbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass can be found in the river from near Johnson Mill Pond to Rocky Point in the lower estuary. There is no size limit or daily bag limit and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark.

Jim at Rogue Outdoor Store - Gold Beach, Oregon (541-247-7142) said that the Rogue Bay despite an earlier this week bit of action of a coho bite is pretty much over. A few "non local" boats are still working the bay with little to no success, but he's still optimistic that the Indian Creek Chinook are still out there and waiting to come in...who knows!

Middle Rogue– Steelhead fishing is underway throughout the river now as the water temp is hovering just above 50 degrees and flow around 1240. Falling leaves and summer grown river weeds make fishing some favorite holes an issue and a sanctuary for squawfish. Bank anglers targeting the pocket water by large boulders and seams with black body/ gold blade Panther Martin spinners and corky with worm have gotten some nice "summers".

Upper Rogue- Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery steelhead. Summer steelhead have been sporadic with both bank and boat anglers catching some nice fish. Anglers are encouraged to be mindful of spawning spring Chinook salmon and avoid disturbing these fish as they spawn over the next month.


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