For those looking for big fish as well as a variety, with a river full of salmon, steelhead, and rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat trout, Rogue River Fishing in Oregon is an anglers paradise.
Although there are seasonable limits for some fish, the Rogue River is filled with fish that spend the majority of their life in saltwater but return to freshwater to spawn.
Although late August through the end of November is the prime fishing season, there are all seasons for fishing. Currently, the winter steelhead fishing season is just getting started and will run until Mid-March.
Although fishing the Rogue River and Oregon in general in November through February can be rough physically, as the weather can be as cold as the 40s, as well as lots of days when it rains, those who brave the winter fishing can be rewarded with lots of steelheads averaging 10 lbs or more and plenty of trophy steelheads in the 20-pound class or more.
In the Spring, the first salmon, called springers are found. Early run Chinook are prized for their tenacity as well as size. Springers are a tasty fish and begin to run in April and hang around till the end of June.
Typically, springers may be between 20 and 50 lbs each, and of course, the best way to catch them is to hire an Oregon Fishing guide. If you only have a few days to fish before you are off on the next leg of your business trip, a Rogue River fishing guide will be the key to your catching the most fish in the shortest amount of time.
You can also go salmon fishing for fall Chinook and coho salmon in the late fall to early spring, but salmon fishing Rogue River is best in the Spring. True, fall chinook may be significantly larger, averaging around 35 lbs or so, but 9 out of 10 fishermen agree that for flavor, springers are much better at eating.
Another reason that anglers tend to love springers is that they give up a real fight compared to fall chinook.
And Oregon adds another reason to love fishing in the spring. You do have to pay for it, but from April 1 to July 31, the State of Oregon will issue two-rod fishing licenses, allowing you to man two fishing rods at the same time.
You can’t use two-rods everywhere in the state, but for $24.50, a two-rod permit offers an additional wrinkle in the ever-present battle to catch big fish.
One word of caution though, from the Oregonian Statesmen. If you are the only boat on the river or reservoir, don’t think you’ve achieved fishing Valhalla. If there are no fishermen around, it generally means there are no decent fish to try to catch.
Pay attention to where there are lots of fishermen, and though you don’t need to fish alongside them, at least pay attention to the direction in which the fishermen are moving. Word gets around fast among fishermen as to where the best places to fish are.
Roughly, around 17 percent of Oregonians have fishing licenses and the state sells thousands more of out of state licenses. Remember though, that certain areas, such as the Columbia River Basin also require an additional permit.
Most anglers in Oregon and the Rogue River fish for salmon until roughly mid-September, and then switch to catching the returning steelhead.
Another feature predominant in numbers at least are the young steelheads known affectionately as half-pounders. Half-pounders are immature steelheads that spend a limited amount of time in salt-water before returning to the freshwaters.
Most steelheads remain in the saltwater for several years but for some reason which has not exactly been explained, a number of steelheads only go into the saltwater for a few months and then move into the freshwater to feed.
There are indeed, plenty of half-pounders that come back into the freshwater, and where you catch one, there are often 10 more nearby.
And don’t be put off by the designation half-pounder. In actuality, they average around 2 pounds each. If ever there was a smorgasbord for fishing in Oregon, September to
Perhaps mid-December is it.
In short, because of the unique ability of large fish to migrate into the waters of Oregon and spawn, as well as the number of half-pounders who do not spawn but hang around. The Rogue River, Oregon Fishing is one of the best places in the world to get your hands on a trophy fish.
The fish are strong, feisty, and tasty.