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Well, the Rogue Bay is pretty much a wrap now. Only a few local die hards are working it in hopes of catching one of those late coming 5-year-old hawgs people talk about… I hope so! The main salmon action has been in the Chetco Estuary (salmon is closed in the ocean) since it got some much-needed rain to get some nice Chinook nosing around. This river fishery will go on till December depending on water level. Summer steelhead are throughout the Rogue River along with half pounders and an occasional Chinook is still being caught below Hog Creek (more for the catch then for the table). Coho should be scattered around the Rogue as well as 1 has been counted at the hatchery so far and lots have been reported on the lower Rogue. 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.

A decent marine forecast for most of the Southern Oregon coast is expected through the weekend so ocean fishing will be on again for halibut, and rock fish. Catches out of Brookings this week have been excellent for rockfish as the ocean finally calmed down.

Conditions for this weekend looks promising as well to get out and target halibut, ling cod, and rock fish as well as working the Chetco Estuary with 50+ boats. Be patient and use common sense as everybody from the Rogue Bay is now fishing the Chetco. Trolling anchovy or herring is the norm here. Until significant rain raises the river level up, it’s going to be estuary fighter fishing.

Chinook fishing continues to be slow with most of the anglers are fishing Marshfield Channel and in the Coos River. Fishing for coho salmon has been very good the past two weeks for anglers fishing near Empire and the airport. Salmon anglers are allowed 2 wild Chinook per day and 10 for the season in the Coos Basin this year. The limited wild coho season started in Coos Basin on Sept. 15 and goes through Oct. 15. Anglers will be allowed to harvest 1 wild coho per day with 2 for the season in the Coos Basin.

Diamond Lake-Colder temps and lower lake level is making trout catches more challenging. Fly fishers seem to be doing slightly better and will be mostly in mid-morning or late evening. Rain in the forecast is expected to improve the bite.

CHETCO RIVER: The estuary has been hectic with boat and bank anglers lately as the recent 10 days have produced some nice catches.

OQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing is starting to pick up again in the lower Coquille River. 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. Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the main stem Coquille River.

Middle Rogue– Steelhead fishing has picked up all throughout the river now as it is prime time for Summer Steelhead. As of last week, 1424 Summer Steelhead has been counted at the Cole Rivers Hatchery. Fall river flow is around 1100 and temperature in the low 50’s.

Upper Rogue- Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery steelhead. Summer steelhead has improved with both bank and boat anglers catching some nice fish after the rain last weekend. Anglers are encouraged to be mindful of spawning spring Chinook salmon and avoid disturbing these fish as they spawn over the next month. Especially with the extremely low flows, boat anglers are encouraged to fish below Shady Cove, and preferably Dodge Bridge as drift boats and rafts may drag bottom in some shallow riffles.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir – There is excellent public access throughout The Rogue and tributaries above Lost Creek Reservoir remain open year-round, with a retention limit of 5 trout. Stocked trout in this reach are not fin-clipped.Check out Jeff’s detailed report, multiple lake updates, and forecast in this week’s version for Members!

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