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River Outlook

ROGUE - Fall chinook salmon fishing remains good in the lower Rogue bay, while fall chinook are biting quite well downstream of the Applegate River mouth. Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the upper Rogue, giving anglers plenty of choices to spend their angling day.

But the best bet now is the middle Rogue, where the short trip from Medford is yielding good catches of decent-sized chinook on Kwikfish. The run from Lathrop boat ramp to Robertson Bridge has been the most consistent for anglers targeting chinook bound for the Applegate River. Kwikfish wrapped with sardine filets is best, largely because the pikeminnows devour any bait dropped for chinook.

A lot of fall chinook are holding in the lower Rogue Canyon, and a drop in river temperatures could get them sprinting over Rainie Falls and into the middle Rogue soon.

In the lower Rogue, trolling the bay is consistently good for fall chinook up to 48 pounds so far. Most of the fish are washing in with the incoming tide, but the out-going tide has produced good catches also. Trolling anchovies with blades is best. A few chinook have been caught on spinner blades this past week.

The chinook are moving upstream and catches are starting to pick up in the Agness area on Kwikfish and roe.

As of Aug. 17, 328 fall chinook have been counted at Gold Ray Dam. It's early in the run. Downstream of Gold Ray Dam, anglers can keep up to two wild chinook a day and no more than 10 for the season.

The summer steelhead count as of Aug. 17 was 3,583 at Gold Ray Dam.

These early summer steelhead are very aggressive and will bite worms, plastic worms, roe, corkies, spinners, plugs and streamer flies. They are hanging in faster water because it has better oxygen content. Most of the fish are 20 inches and under this year, thanks to last year's good halfpounder run.

The upper Rogue also is awash with spring chinook smolts released recently from Cole Rivers Hatchery. These fish are aggressive and will hit flies and lures, but they should be avoided so as many of the chinook reach the ocean as possible.

All wild spring chinook must be released unharmed river-wide.

ILLINOIS - Summer steelhead and some halfpounders have moved into the lower reaches to take advantage of cooler water conditions.

UMPQUA - Summer steelhead fishing is good in the North Umpqua in both the bait water around Rock Creek and the flies-only water. Catches remain best at dusk for fly-fishers using streamers. Chinook fishing is closed in the Rock Creek area. The mainstem Umpqua is closed to the killing of wild steelhead year-round. Steelhead catches have been slow.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent throughout most of the river upstream of tidewater. Plastic baits have been working best.

COQUILLE - Fall chinook salmon are biting spinners in tidewater, especially for those trolling around Prosper and Rocky Point. Striped bass fishing is slow.

COOS - Fall chinook are biting well in tidewater for those casting spinners or mooching anchovies near the bar. Fishing for sturgeon is slow in the estuary, as is fishing for striped bass.

CHETCO - Fishing is closed upstream of the Highway 101 bridge. Fishing for chinook in the bay has been slow.

ELK/SIXES - Both rivers are fishing fair to good for sea-run cutthroat trout with spinners and flies.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to angling, and a few fly-fishers are catching and releasing rainbow trout throughout the McKee and Applegate areas. Rainbow trout are in some of the holes and riffles around the McKee Bridge, the mouth of Williams Creek and elsewhere. The river is closed to steelhead fishing.