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Salmon Fishing, Steelhead Fishing, Trout Fishing Report

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Rogue River fishing report. 08/23/08.

Let me make this perfectly clear. The misinformation about our salmon and steelhead runs on the Rogue River this year are just that, misinformation. Consider these facts:

I took this off the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Game website. Sounds good to me. The lower Rogue River is currently experiencing the largest run of steelhead half-pounders since 2000. As of Aug. 15, 179,364 fish have entered the river. Half-pounders are young steelhead returning to the river in the late summer of their first year in the ocean. So-named because of their size, they stay in the Rogue through the winter, providing a popular fishery before returning to the ocean in spring. The run is especially popular with fly anglers, though spinners and worms will produce as well.

I ran a recent fishing trip on the Upper Rogue River. We boated 3 Chinook salmon Jacks, hooked 4 Summer-run steelhead and boated 3 of them. All of them were 6-8 pounds.

There are 30# Chinook salmon being caught in the Lower Rogue River Canyon (our multi-day trips area). Also in the Gold Hill area of our Rogue River and the Grants Pass area.

Don't let the misinformed rob you of an excellent year of fishing on the Rogue River this Fall. We still have room for anglers on our Lower Rogue River Canyon lodge fishing trips and our day fishing trips. Lets go fishin'.

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Upper Rogue River fishing report. 06/12/08.

Trout, Summer-run steelhead and Spring Chinook salmon are all present in the Upper Rogue River at this time. Trout fishing has been excellent. We have already caught several Summer-run steelhead, a 5 pound steelhead caught by a 8 year old girl. The 'Springers are biting with a 42 pounder already caught. Here is the fish count over Gold Rey Dam as of June 9th.

Spring Chinook salmon - 4358 fish

Summer-run steelhead - 130 fish

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Siletz River Steelhead Derby Winners. 01/19-20/08.

Last weekend three of my guides, Andy Buckingham, Justin Wright and Jordon Abbott, teamed up to fish the Siletz River Winter Steelhead Derby. They had never fished in this Derby before, they had never even fished in the Siletz River before. Using side drifting techniques developed from fishing the South Umpqua River and Rogue River they managed to land 11 of 13 and win the Derby. The biggest fish weighed in at 14 pounds. They even caught one of the fish boondoggling a spinner. Winter Steelhead fishing is excellent on Oregon rivers this year as long as the rivers remain fishable. Here are the pic's.

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Siletz River steelhead. Siletz River steelhead.
Siletz River steelhead. Siletz River steelhead.
Siletz River steelhead. Siletz River steelhead.
Siletz River steelhead. Siletz River steelhead.

My 8 day fishing adventure in Baja. 12/08/07.

I left on the Apollo 8 day trip launching on December 1st with a limited load of eleven anglers. Owner/Captain JJ Gerritsen (left pic) at the command and Captain Bill (Willy) Cloyes (with the fishing rod) taking the Charter Captains spot for the 'Cloyes Fishing Campaign' number ??????.

Steelhead fishing? Not! Salmon fishing? Not!

I don't know which number the trip was but it was my first and won't be my last. With only eight days available 2 traveling down 4 fishing and 2 traveling back we had to make the fishing time as productive as possible. Did the normal stop for bait while introducing ourselves to each other and the crew. The crew by the way is exceptional. Doing everything in their power to give us a trip of a lifetime. Nick's kitchen expertise left nothing more to be desired.

Fresh bait going into the holding tanks.

If you go to the 'way back machine' you will remember that just about the time we left San Diego Bay was when the '100 year storm' began to hit the Pacific Northwest. As soon as we cleared the bay and Pt. Loma we were into the Maytag machine. Never been seasick in my life but got to enjoy that missed opportunity for the first two days. Relief came when Capt. Willy gave me the right drug to take care of the problem. By the second evening on our voyage to Alijos Rocks the ocean started to lay down, giving us this great Sunset.

Beautiful Baja Sunset and calming water.

Third day around 11 A.M we arrived at the Alijos Rocks to sunny weather, mild seas and lots of bird life. We immediately started trolling and it didn't take long to get doubles of the smaller kine YFT on the line. Did a stop and continued to catch sheebees, schoolies, whatever you want to call them. The YT began to bite that afternoon and we started putting too small YFT, and some really nice YT on board. The action continued to just before dark. Here are some pics of one of my largest YT, it measured 54 inches. We were all tired but the crew made for us that night. Its a good thing they did.

Really bi Yellow Tail.
54" Yellow Tail. Big Yellow Tail.

Day four after trolling for a while in the morning Capt. JJ decided to find a place to anchor up and we started using the kite, using the mackeral and squid bait they they had caught the previous night.
We kept catching the little guys so after an hour we pulled in the kite and moved again and dropped anchor. I made a tactical error being the first on the kite and giving that spot up to the number 2 kite angler on the second anchored spot. Didn't know I could stay on the kite until I caught something worth keeping. I remembered that someone on Bloodydecks said 'don't ever give up or pass on the kite'. Oops! Anyway the bigger fish started hitting our squid bait and the next 7 kite anglers caught some 50# plus YFT.

It seemed like all of the decent YFT were coming on the kite so I gave up on the big YFT campaign and started targeting the plentiful YT with my AVET LX single speed loaded with 40# Clear Izorline on top of some 50# JB Hollow Spectre, on a custom made jig rod. Using a 3/0 Mustad Bait Hook with a 3/4 ounce sliding weight, I was enjoying myself catching lots of YT, an occasional too small YFT and even a nice sheepshead. By the way the Sheepshead was excellent table fare with a consistancy of lobster.

All of a sudden something bigger picked up the live sardine and started making a run very different then the large YT I had been catching. It ran off a 100yds of mono and got over half way through my Spectre backing before stopping the first time. What the???? Another large YT? After over an hour and three complete trips around the boat and a Mexican standoff at the bow I finally saw color.

It was what the crew had been saying it was a large YFT. The fish weighed 88# at the dock and won the jackpot. I was a little outgunned with my rod/reel choice but managed to boat the fish regardless. Heres a pic.

That night we had another great dinner. Toasted each other for our catches and made lots of bait, squid and mackeral, for our next days fishing. We new where the fish were and that the afternoon bite was what we were looking for.
Day five we awoke to no wind and tried for some Grouper, but no love. We decided to run back to the Rocks. When we got within eyesight this is what we saw.

Big waves, no bird life and lots of current greeted us and the surge had pushed all of the fish away. The 100 year storm we had heard about had finally caught up with us in the form of gigantic waves. We learned later that there was 15-25 foot waves back in San Diego. So we packed it up and headed to Cedros and Benitos Island where we found some more great YT action. It was a great trip and though I don't know the final counts on the catch I do have a photo of this. Looks like 35 Yellowfin Tuna, 150+ Yellow Tail, 3 Dorado and a few other denisons of the deep.

I would definitely recommend the Apollo, its crew and Captain Willy the Charter Captain and his Cloyes Fishing Campaigns. It was a great group of people to fish with.

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Summer/Fall Chinook salmon, Coho salmon and steelhead pics and report 11/30/07.

My apologies again for not keeping up with the trip by trip reports in 2007. It was either stay in the office and take care of our increasing business or go out with our guests and have fun rafting and fishing with them. The kid in me coercised me to have fun. In short we had a terrible Spring Chinook salmon run. An excellent Summer-run steelhead season that saw fish to 12 pounds boated. A better then 2006 Chinook salmon run. a very good Fall-run steelhead and Coho salmon run. We are looking forward to another excellent Winter-run of steelhead that will be starting any day now. Enjoy the pic's.

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Fall run steelhead.

Fall Rogue River Chinook salmon.

Return guests with 2007 Chinook salmon.
Fall Chinook salmon group picture on the Rogue River.

October Rogue River steelhead.

These are beauties. Nice looking steelhead too.
Late Winter run Rogue River steelhead.
8 pound Winter steelhead.

Summer run steelhead Rogue River.

Young steelhead angler on the Rogue River.
Pinkys first ever steelhead on the Rogue River.
Her first Fall Chinook salmon.

Early morning Rogue River steelhead.

Rogue River Fall Chinook.
Rogue River steelhead.
Coho salmon caught on the Rogue River.

Our Rogue River shore lunch with fish taco's.

Summer run steelhead.
My Grandsons first Coho salmon.Annes Fall run hatchery steelhead.

Upper Rogue River Winter steelhead fishing on 03/26/07.

The Upper Rogue River is just starting to boot out some Winter steelhead again. Took two of my guides fishing today and caught some real nice fish. We have at least 2-3 weeks left of good steelhead fishing. Enjoy the pic's.

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Justin Wright a Noahs River Adventures guide. Nice Rogue River steelhead.
Rogue River Native cutthroat trout.

Middle Rogue River Winter steelhead fishing on 03/24/07.

I fished Jake and Laz Ayala from here in the Rogue River Valley today on the Middle section of the Rogue River putting in at Whitehorse Park. It wasn't a wide open bite and there were a lot of people on the river but we still managed to find some nice fish. Hooked 4 landed 4 today. Here are the pic's.

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Rogue River Winter hatchery steelhead. Rgue River steelhead.

South Fork Umpqua River Winter steelhead fishing on 03/10/07.

I fished Hugh Hague from Noahs River Adventures and his brother-in-law Jake today on the South Fork of the Umpqua River. The fish were scattered between Canyonville Park and Lower Lausmann Batr takeout. After a quick start on our first fish we fished nearly three more hours before our next hookup, then we were surprised by doubles. After the normal 'your lines over his line', 'drop your rod' and the infamous 'your lines are wrapped around each other' we subdued both fish and netted them. One was 'Wild' and had to be released and the other was a hatchery fish and went into the fishe box. After several other good bites we boated another 'Wild' hen that went 10+ pounds and called it a day. 5 fish hooked and 4 fish landed. Here are the pics.

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Hugh Hague, Noahs River Adventures fishing. South Fork Umpqua River steelhead.

South Fork Umpqua River Winter steelhead fishing on 03/08/07.

I fished Kim and Tom Camillucci today on the South Fork of the Umpqua River after waiting all week for the rivers to return to fishable levels after the recent snow melt caused by the warmer air temperatures. The river had just started fishing good yesterday and with some very encouraging reports we decided to fish there instead of the Rogue River, which is also starting to look good. When we arrived at 6:15 A.M. it looked like everyone else had the same idea. There must have been 30-40 boats up there on a Thursday. No worries, the river was just full of fish with everyone getting in on the action. After a quick start on a 14 pound fish by Kim we were having our ups and downs on boating fish number 2. Tom hooked the next fish but after a long battle and seeing no color we lost the fish to a leader break on a ?????????? Then no love for two hours, even though fish were being caught all around us. Finally it was our turn and within two hours we had boated another 5 fish. Fish total 10 fish hooked, 6 fish landed. Here are the pics.

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March steelhead fishing. Umpqua River Winter steelhead.

Upper Rogue River Winter steelhead fishing on 03/01/07.

Water on the Rogue River became unfishable until February 28th. Water looked good so on March 1st we launched late in the morning about 10:30 A.M., thought we would give the water a chance to warm up a degree or two. Took a while to find the fish but once we did we started spanking them. Without too much effort we hooked 10 steelhead and landed 8. The only two fish lost were lost by me. I guess I make a better guide then a fisherman. Here are the pic's. The Rogue River is going to be real fishy for the next month.

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7 pound Winter steelhead. Small Rogue River steelhead.
6 pound Rogue River steelhead. 10 pound Rogue River Winter steelhead.

Rogue River Winter steelhead fishing on 02/18/07.

We have been fishing the South Fork Umpqua River and the Winter steelhead fishing has been awesome for fish to 18 pounds. The Rogue River dropped just enough to make it fishable, we have been dealing with too high water levels for the last month. Fish are there but they just want to swim up the river, not bite. This day was an exception. I had Linda and Andy Simlick visit me again and though the bite couldn't be called wide open, we did manage to land these two dandy 'Wild' fish. 9'6" Rogue Rod 4-8# Medium Light, 8# line and shrimp pink glo bugs work on this river too. We had a rare visit by the Sun, at least I think that is what they call that orange glow in the sky. Haven't seen much of it this Winter.

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Rogue River Winter steel head. 9 pound Winter steelhead.

South Fork of the Umpqua River Winter steelhead fishing on 02/14/07.

Bite was slow for the morning at Stanton Park but we managed to get these two great steelhead in before the rain started coming down in typical Oregon style. The first fish caught on the right taped in at 38 inches. Near 18 pounds.

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South Umpqua River steelhead. 18 pound Winter steelhead.

South Fork of the Umpqua River Winter steelhead fishing on 02/12/07.

First things first.............Met our guests on Sunday morning to start our three day/two night Lower Rogue River Canyon trip. Oooooooops, I forgot one important bit of information. It started raining Saturday afternoon and never stopped. The rain blew every friggin' river in Southern Oregon and Northern California out. So after a brief WTF pow wow with our guest we decided to put the trip off for a week and let the water levels drop. What to do, what to do...............I know lets run back up to the South Fork of the Umpqua River one more time, after all the run was just beginning to show 3 days ago. Got up early enough to make the 1 hour+ drive to Canyonville and be the first boat on the water at Stanton Park. First pass through the hole for nada, second pass through ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ a big Native Hen running, jumping and trying to show us who is boss. We won the battle and after a quick photo slip her back into the water to make babies. By the time we start up to make another run some of the boys show up and immediately get bit. Fish on, this is a big one and would come in at about 14 pounds. Within 30 minutes another 5 boats join the melee followed by 5 more. Lots of driftboats and people side drifting glo bugs, but who cares just about everyone is hooking up. Our crew of three boats were putting it to the steelies and by the end of the day we had accounted for 18 fish between 7-16 pounds. This doesn't account for the fish on and running that pulled loosed and the numerous bites that were farmed. All and all a great day of fishing with and around my crew. Here are the pic's to prove it! Note the first graphic showing the clear blue sky and warm weather that we enjoy when we fish Winter Steelhead.

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Cool morning on the South Umpqua River. Fighting Winter steel head.
A cool crisp day on the Umpqua River A 14# Winter Steelhead coming to net.
14 pound South Umpqua River steelhead. 10 pound Winter steelhead.
Group of South Fork Umpqua River Winter steelhead.

South Fork of the Umpqua River Winter steelhead fishing on 02/09/07.

Got up at 5 A.M. this morning and made the 1 hour 15 minute drive to Stanton Park in the Canyonville, Oregon area of the Umpqua River with two of my guides Andy Buckingham and Gil Phelps. Figured we would get in a little rowing and side drifting for Winter Steelhead before our first 3 day/2 night trip that begins this Sunday on 02/11/07. Fishing had been slow due to no rain, low water conditions and very, very clear water. Rain the last two days had the river color showing an excellent milky green color. Decided to fish the South Fork of the Umpqua starting our trip just behing the 7Feathers Casino and Resort. We were somewhat surprised when no one was there at 7:15 A.M. Did that mean that the fishing was better somewhere else or that we were the only ones thinking this area might be good? Well, nothing ventured nothing gained. We launched the driftboat and I motored about a half mile up the river for our first drift through the run. Side drifted our glo bugs soaked in salmon juice about 300 yards and ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ fish on. The water may have been a little cold but that didn't stop this 14 pound wild buck from taking flight in the air and making its characteristic jumps, surges and runs up, down and across the river. Fifteen minutes later we had the fish in the net and it was a beauty. Next drift through brought us another fish on and subsequent drifts brought more hits and more fish. Final tally for just 4 hours of fishing was six fish hooked and six fish landed with numerous bites. Only one other boat showed, everyone else was fishing a different area of the river. We ended up taking out right where we had launched from grabbed a beer and a burger from a local pub and drove home arriving there early enough to start prepping for our Lower Rogue River Canyon trip on Sunday. Here are the pic's of todays trip. Will post the news from our three day trip next week. We really think its going to be awesome down there.
1/4 mile from my hacienda I see this herd of elk in a field. Sweeeeet!

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Umpqua River steelhead. South Fork Umpqua River steel head.
Oregon Elk.

Main Fork of the Umpqua River Winter steelhead fishing on 01/27/07.

Last Winter sucked in Southern Oregon when it came to steelhead fishing, this year has been much better. After the heavy rains of November, December 2006 and early January 2007 the river did a flip flop. Going from a too high stage, to perfect and finally settling down to the current low but very fishable levels. Best producing river so far has been the South and Main Forks of the Umpqua River. The Rogue River is just getting started and has an excellent run migrating through the Rogue River Canyon as I write this. Here are some of the feeeeesh from the last 3 days. We fished three boats/six guests last Saturday. Total steelhead hooked for the group was 12. Total fish landed was 9. The first of (2) three day/two night Rogue River 'Canyon' trips is scheduled for February 11th, 2007. I'll update as more fish are caught. I and my guides are fishing the Umpqua River Steelhead Derby this weekend. Should be fun as always.
Tight lines.

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Big Umpqua River steelhead. Umpqua River steelhead.
Main Fork Umpqua River steelhead.

Winter steelhead fishing.

Rivers were high and wild in December and halfway through January. However they rebounded back to excellent, fishable levels and all of the rivers have fish in them. Top producing river at this time is the Umpqua, especially the Main Fork and the South Fork. However these prized fish are starting to show in the Grants Pass area and Galice area of the Rogue River. We have a surprise three day/two night 'Canyon' trip in February with a February 11th launch date. No one has fished down there in 2007 so we will probably be the first. Fishing report and pic's will follow as soon as we get back. Its time to think about Winter steelhead fishing trips.

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Fall 2006 Rogue River Lodge float trips.

Fall Chinook salmon, Coho salmon and steelhead fishing report.

Well folks we experienced another 'full' season this year. We can run 16 Fall fishing trips a year and we had 13 in 2006. Needless to say, I couldn't keep up the salmon fishing report page this last Fall. The short story is that we met many, many new fishing friends and saw a good number of our previous guests return. Rather then bore you with all of the stories, I will let the pic's do the talking below. Enjoy and come see us in 2007.

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