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River Outlook

ROGUE - The lower Rogue Bay is a little slower than last week but still steady for fall chinook and good for early halfpounders, while the Galice area is starting to turn on for fall chinook and the upper Rogue remains a mix of salmon and steelhead fishing — depending upon where you are and what's your pleasure.

But the best bet remains the lower Rogue, where a good combination of fisheries is going on. For those in the bay, trolling anchovies with green spinners is fair to good for big fall chinook, but catches are slower than last week. The slowdown is because of cooler water temperatures that pulled chinook out of tidewater toward Agness. That's good for upriver anglers who can start hitting fall chinook from Quosatana Creek on down.

That's the same for halfpounder anglers who are jumping fish from Dunkelberger Bar down to Huntley Park. Good early numbers of these fish are present and biting anything they see, ranging from streamer flies, lures like Panther Martins, worms and plugs. Most are about 13 inches long right now. Look for them to put on some size this fall.

The middle Rogue has a good supply of 16- to 20-inch steelhead, which represent last year's halfpounders. But focus is starting to turn toward the Galice area after a good school of fall chinook passed Grave Creek earlier this week. Those fish are on the move and it can be tough slowing them down enough to get them to bite. Plugs at the heads of pools and tail-outs, as well as migration lanes, are best.

Anglers can keep wild chinook downstream of Gold Ray Dam, but only fin-clippped chinook may be kept this month between Gold Ray Dam and Dodge Bridge. That stretch remains open for chinook fishing, but success there has been light.

Through Aug. 10, 13,280 spring chinook have been counted at Gold Ray Dam, while another 3,377 summer steelhead have flashed by. That's the best early count for summer steelhead in several years.

Upper Rogue summer steelhead bite everything from worms to 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 dam have hovered around 1,850 cubic feet per second this week.

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.

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. Success chiefly is on caddis 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.