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Salmon fishing remains good on Rogue

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Sep 13, 2018

GOLD BEACH, Ore. — Although cooler water temperatures are allowing salmon to quickly move above the Rogue Bay as they migrate to the upper sections of the Rogue River, fishing remains good at the mouth in Gold Beach. Most guides are still getting a fish per rod, while private boaters also are enjoying good fishing.

roguebaybruteROGUE BAY BRUTE — Travis Koy of Lakeside, Ore., holds a 27-pound king salmon caught Aug. 28 trolling on the Rogue Bay. He was fishing with guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. The fish hit an anchovy combined with a Yakima Bait spinnerblade.


Water temperatures at the Agness gauge have dropped to 64 degrees. When temperatures are above 70 degrees, the salmon will hold up in the bay until they drop. With cooler temperatures, the fish are acclimating for a few days, then moving upstream toward their spawning grounds.


"There are enough new fish moving in each day to maintain the good fishing," said guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. "There are a lot of salmon along the jetties each day during the outgoing tide. Some are sticking around for a few days, while others are moving up. But new fish keep coming."


A lot of jacks were caught last week, along with numerous small adults. Some fish more than 20 pounds also were landed.


Trolling anchovies with gold Hildebrandt spinner blades has been working well.


Guide Steve Huber of Steve Huber's Guide Service fished the Rogue for a couple of days before switching over to the Coos River and got his clients into several nice salmon. Huber said there are enough fish to produce good catches by the end of the day.


Guide Bill Divens of Salmon King Lodge has been targeting the salmon upriver, intercepting them as they move toward Agness. He as been anchoring and running spinners with good success.


Summer steelhead also are arriving below Agness. Anglers are tossing small spinners, such as Rooster Tails, or side-drifting roe.


Drift boats are now making their way through the Rogue Canyon between Galice and Agness. September and early October are the peak season for salmon and steelhead combos in the canyon during four- to five-day trips.


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