Oregon Freshwater

Gold Beach: Rogue salmon run kicks into gear

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Sep 05, 2019

GOLD BEACH, Ore. — Missing in action for much of the summer, fall king salmon arrived in big numbers last week in the Rogue River Bay, where catch rates jumped from a couple dozen fish a day to 80 to 100 fish.

roguebaybiggiesROGUE BAY BIGGIES — Gary Martin of Nebraska, Jeff Kimble of Seattle, David Kempston of Arizona and Dan Westeren of Bend, Ore., hold the king salmon they caught Aug. 29 in the Rogue Bay while fishing with guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. They were trolling anchovies and Fish Flash flashers along the jetties.

"All of last week was pretty good," said guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. "We were boating five to six salmon a day, and missing a couple more. It is the best action we've seen all season."

The size of the fish also increased, with lots of fish over 20 pounds. The biggest on Martin's boat was a 27 pounder caught by Jeff Kimble of Seattle. A few anglers reported salmon topping 30 pounds.

"The water in the bay is warm, just about 70 degrees, so the fish are holding right at the tips of the jetties," Martin said. "We are trolling anchovies and Fish Flash flashers along the jetties and turning around at the jaws. Most of the fish we caught last were right at the tips of the jetties, where the water is 10 degrees cooler."

The fall-run forecast for the Rogue is 88,000 fish. After disappointing fishing for much of August, guides and other anglers are optimistic September will be much better. The salmon run generally runs through mid-October.

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