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River Outlook

ROGUE - The lower Rogue Bay is still solid for fall chinook and should even improve some as hot water slows their upstream migration. The Grants Pass area turned on for fall chinook this past week while the upper Rogue continues to be fair to good for adult summer steelhead ranging from 16 inches to more than 30 inches.

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, with plenty of 30- and 40-pounders in the mix. Fall chinook, adult summer steelhead and halfpounders are all scattered from Foster Bar on downstream, with most of the halfpounders remaining below Quosatana Creek. 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.

Fall chinook fishing has been fair to good from Foster Bar down to Cougar Lane, with roe and Kwikfish working.

The middle Rogue has a decent showing of new fall chinook that are getting caught from within the city limits down to Robertson Bridge. Anglers are using almost exclusively Kwikfish wrapped with a sardine filet. Roe is getting munched by pikeminnows.

The Grants Pass area also has a decent supply of 16- to 20-inch steelhead, which represent last year's halfpounders.

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 most updated count available from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, whose fish-counter has been on vacation.

Upper Rogue summer steelhead bite everything from worms to streamer flies, ugly bugs, pink plastic worms, and crayfish plugs. The trick is to find these fish in fast water around structure and tail-outs.

Flows out of Lost Creek dam have hovered around 1,860 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 - Fall chinook salmon fishing is slow, but a few fish have been caught on recent mornings near the Rocky Point boat ramp. Sturgeon fishing is slow.

CHETCO - Fishing for cutthroat trout is fair to good in tidewater on bait downstream of the Highway 101 bridge.

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.