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River Outlook

ROGUE - The entire Rogue remains high but primarily in good condition for boat anglers chasing spring chinook river-wide, while bank fishing for springers is decent in the lower Rogue, tough in the middle Rogue and light in the upper Rogue, with the exception of the Hatchery Hole.

The best bet for springers right now might be the lower Rogue, where boaters are hitting two fish a day in the lower river. Water conditions are good for fishing, with flows of about 7,900 cfs in Agness and dropping. That puts springers on the move and they are susceptible to getting caught now in migration lanes. Look for springers along inside turns of gravel bars and near the tops of riffles. Anchovies with a bright blade in front is the rig of choice. Most of the lower Rogue catch now is wild fish. Only fin-marked hatchery fish can be kept.

A few cutthroat trout have shown in the estuary, but effort remains light.

The middle Rogue has been something of a mystery to spring chinook anglers. Flows are high enough that springers are not holding at Rainie Falls or below Savage Rapids Dam. But fish are moving through, and they can be intercepted at Pearce Riffle, Griffin Park and other common hog-line spots.

The upper Rogue is hit-and-miss for springers, with catches dropping off recently. Fish migration over Gold Ray Dam dropped to a trickle last week, with fewer than 10 fish over daily from May 20 through May 23. Chalk that up to the stop-log activity at Savage Rapids Dam. Migration over Gold Ray Dam should pick up very soon, but only 1,643 fish were counted there through May 23.

The Hatchery Hole is spitting out a handful of fish daily, with very early morning best. Strangely, no springers had moved up the hatchery fish ladder through Wednesday, so whatever springers that have shown up are either holding in the current or walking out with anglers. Flows out of Lost Creek Lake were a swift 4,954 cfs, but that was set to drop into the weekend.

The entire river downstream of the hatchery diversion is open for trout fishing. High water is slowing early-season fly-fishing, but look for good catches of cutthroat and rainbows when flows subside.

UMPQUA - Shad have moved into the lower portion of the main-stem, but high flows have made fishing less productive than normal or low-flow years. Shad should start moving upstream in decent numbers. Spring chinook fishing remains fair to occasionally good in the main-stem. Sturgeon fishing remains slow.

In the North Umpqua, spring chinook fishing has picked up, with some fish over 30 pounds caught in the Narrows and Swiftwater areas over the weekend. Only adipose fin-clipped steelhead can be harvested on the North Umpqua. The North is open to catch-and-release trout fishing from the mouth upstream to Soda Springs Dam.

The South Umpqua is now open for trout and smallmouth bass, but early-season success is light due to high, cold water. The South Umpqua at Tiller was running close to 1,700 cubic feet per second Wednesday.

COQUILLE - The entire system is open for trout fishing, with some early-season cutthroat trout showing up.

CHETCO - The Chetco River system is open to trout fishing, and some early-season cutthroats have been caught around the head of tidewater. Look for cutthroat fishing to improve in early June. Flows Wednesday were at 456 cfs.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to trout fishing, but anglers may not target winter steelhead kelts headed downstream after spawning. Fly-fishing for rainbows and cutthroat trout has been slow due to high and cold water conditions. Flows Wednesday at Wilderville remained above 1,000 cfs.

DESCHUTES - Spring chinook fishing below Sherars Falls has been good for plunkers, with catches improving as water levels drop.

Trout fishing is improving on the lower Deschutes upstream from White River with the warmer temperatures. A few salmon flies have been observed in the Maupin area. Trout anglers should be successful using

KLAMATH - Angling below Keno dam is fair as flows are currently 1,190 cubic feet per second. Lures and flies imitating minnows and leeches work well. Caddis flies and damsel flies are now hatching.