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Rogue anglers wait for salmon to arrive

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jun 07, 2018

GOLD BEACH, Ore. — A few boats were trolling the Rogue Bay over the weekend, but fishing for early fall-run kings is still slow.

Guides said as the water temperature increases, the salmon will hold in the bay. Feeder kings also should arrive soon to feast on the big schools of anchovies now in the Rogue estuary.

roguespringersROGUE SPRINGERS — Spring salmon are beginning to stack up in the Rogue River bay at the mouth, which is where Steve and Vicky Phillips of Portland, Ore., caught these two nice ones on anchovies while fishing with guide Bill Divens of Salmon King Lodge.

Guide Gene Garner of Gene Garner's Guide Service trolled the bay on Friday without any success. He did mark bait balls between the mouth of Jot's Resort, however.

The water temperature in the Rogue dropped to 62 degrees at the Agness gauge last week. It was up to 65 degrees over the weekend. Once it reaches 70 degrees, salmon will hold up in the bay instead of migrating upstream. Last year, fishing in the bay picked up around June 15. Fishing was good from then through September.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has an ocean abundance forecast for the Rogue of 425,000 fall run king salmon, one of the highest predictions ever for the Rogue.

The first salmon of the season were caught in the bay two weeks ago. Since then it has been slow, although the season is still very early. Peak season is in late July, August and September.

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