Oregon Fishing Report - July 1st 2014


Oregon Fishing Report - July 1st, 2014

Weekend fishing opportunities

July is when cutthroat trout start to move into the estuaries and lower sections of many area rivers.

With the onset of warmer temperatures, warmwater fishing should be picking up in several local area waters.

Largemouth bass fishing has been good on Temmile and other lakes. Summer can be a great time to target largemouth with topwater lures.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch
  
Fall chinook should start moving into the estuary anytime.

Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing.

Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

Anglers are catching a few summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. The flow at Grants Pass was 2,390 cfs and the water temperature was 63°F on June 30.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

Anglers are catching spring Chinook and a few summer steelhead in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

Beginning July 1, anglers will be able to keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released.

The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,205 cfs and the water temperature was 52°F the morning of June 30. The flow at Gold Ray was 2,350 cfs with a water temperature of 57°F. As of June 25, 5,732 spring Chinook and 134 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery. So far this season, the hatchery has recycled 3,561 spring Chinook salmon back downstream to Gold Hill to give anglers another chance at catching these fish.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

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