SW Oregon fishing report – contributor Jeff Rome reports

The Guides Forecast
After some great days of winter steelhead fishing following the last big rain event, most if not all rivers and streams are low, clear and cold. The bite has certainly dropped off even though there are decent numbers of fish. A “pray for rain” chant is back in the air to help spur some much needed rain.

I took a buddy out on the 2022 inaugural drift boat float from Chinook park to Schroeder park last Saturday with some high expectations of catching some winter chrome on 3 new “fish catchin” fancy plugs that came recommended by a local guide….. we beat the river to a froth in every stretch and seam with no action. We finally got 2 1/2 pounders (hatchery) on worms n corky side drifting. Some days it’s lots of action while other days it just a boat ride😉

Winter steelhead action on the lower and mid Rogue has been slow as the river is getting pretty low. Nightly temps this week into the mid 20’s have kept the river around a chilly 40 degrees. You’ve got to get your presentation (of any kind) right in front of the fish’s nose to hopefully cause a bite. Small baits and longer leaders help to not spook fish.

The Chetco has reported good numbers of fish in the river but low water is making it tough on drift boaters making their way through some of the skinny sections.

The smaller rivers and streams such as the Elk, Sixes, Coos, Millicoma, N. Umpqua and Coquille are way low and clear to make an effort to fish right now.

The main Umpqua has been producing some steelhead and since there are several tributaries dumping in, the flow is lower but still fishable. The South Umpqua has been seeing some nice fish caught but is getting skinny too. Check where the guides are working!

Jeff’s detailed report, multiple lake updates, and forecast in this week’s version for Members!
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