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River Outlook

ROGUE - The lower Rogue Bay turned on terrifically for fall chinook salmon trollers over the weekend while middle Rogue anglers started to stumble into some big summer steelhead and upper Rogue anglers saw a decent smattering of spring chinook and summer steelhead catches.

That means the best bet has shifted to the lower Rogue Bay, where the catching's good and the crowds aren't yet crazy.

Fishing got hot Sunday when close to 100 early-run fall chinook were caught by anglers trolling mostly from the jetty jaws straight to the Highway 101 bridge and back. The chinook seem suspended, so straight anchovies have worked as well or better than anchovies with spinner blades. Green G-Spot spinners also are working well. Fish are coming best during the in-coming tides. The bite slowed Monday and Tuesday, and was holding at around 40 fish on Wednesday. Anglers can keep two a day and up to 10 a year under restricted bag limits.

In the upper Rogue, fishing's a mixed bag of spring chinook and summer steelhead. The count tells why; through July 17, 11,734 spring chinook had been counted at Gold Ray Dam, while another 2,269 summer steelhead have flashed by. That's about 100 summer steelhead a day.

The best boat fishing for spring chinook has been upstream of Shady Cove, while downstream of Shady Cove has been decent for springers if anglers focus on the migration lanes. The Hatchery Hole has been surprisingly slow and effort there has been light. All wild chinook must be released unharmed for those fishing upstream of the Hog Creek boat ramp in the middle Rogue downstream from Merlin.

Summer steelhead are spread out throughout the upper Rogue, mostly in swift water that has good oxygen content.

Summer steelhead will bite worms, streamer flies, ugly bugs, pink plastic worms, crayfish plugs and more. The trick is to find these fish in fast water around structure and tail-outs.

Flows out of Lost Creek reservoir have hovered around 1,920 cubic feet per second this week. The stonefly hatch on the flies-only stretch is over.

In the far upper Rogue upstream of Lost Creek Lake, weekly trout stockings are occurring around campgrounds such as Union Creek and Farewell Bend. Catches of legal-sized trout are good on worms, single salmon eggs or woolly bugger flies.

ILLINOIS - The river is open to catch-and-release fishing on resident trout. Catches are slow.

UMPQUA - Summer steelhead fishing is starting to improve in the bait-fishing areas of the North Umpqua. Some spring chinook are getting caught below Rock Creek, as well, and the vast majority are out of the mainstem. In the mainstem Umpqua, shad fishing is slow. Sturgeon fishing also remains slow in the estuary. Smallmouth bass fishing remains excellent in the Elkton area, but public access is poor.

The South Umpqua is very good for smallmouth, especially the lower end.

COQUILLE - A few sturgeon have been caught this past week in tidewater as anglers are starting to target them. Striped bass catches are fair.

COOS - Shad action has slowed way down in the South Fork of the Coos River for those trolling shad darts.

CHETCO - Fishing for cutthroat trout is fair to good in tidewater on bait. Upstream fishing is allowed only with artificial flies and lures, with Prince nymphs working well in pools in early mornings and evenings.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to angling, and a few fly-fishers are catching and releasing rainbow trout throughout the Applegate and Jackson Campground area. It's back to stonefly nymphs or prince nymphs.

KLAMATH - Dry-fly fishing for trout is good below the Boyle Powerhouse, with golden stoneflies still hatching and flying daily. Fly-fishing for trout has been good in the Keno area below Keno Dam with caddis and mayflies.