Archive for March, 2010

Fish Report for Sunday, March 28, 2010

March 31, 2010 | By

Thank you for logging in for our weekly fish report. This week has been great. I had three trips, hooked 12 and had 8 keepers.

There were over 100 fish caught on the Rogue River this week. We are blown out at the moment, but will be back fishing by Thursday or Friday.

So if you want to get in on some great fishing, give me a call at 541-425-1515 and I’ll book you a trip. Check out the photo below to see some of the awesome fish being caught on the Rogue.


Fish Report for Sunday, March 21, 2010

March 22, 2010 | By

Thank you for logging in fellow fishing enthusiasts. This week the fishing is starting to pick up. The ocean has layed down and the fish are starting to come in. My first trip this week I landed a steelhead and had a big fish on for a short time, but it came off.  My second trip, we hooked a steelhead and by the way, they are still chrome bright and very fiesty, even though it is near the end of their run.

The river is gin clear and visibility is seven feet. Rainy, cloudy days seem to be the best weather for fishing. The first of the week, the water temperature was 46 degrees. Today, it was 51.7 degrees and cloudy and rainy. I started a little before daylight and ran down river to one of my favorite spots. The river was down quite a bit farther than the last time I was there. It took me three tries in the dark to get it right. My client had to do a little work before he could come out so I got out my Mud Bug with a straight bait behind it and at 7:50 am, it slammed down with a 22 lb. hatchery fish, which I gladly welcomed aboard.

My client called shortly there after and said he’d be there in an hour, so I put out my Bug again, started cooking breakfast and down it went. This time it was a 20 lb wild springer that I had to release. It sure was nice to see that I was right that fish would bite the Mud Bug. They must have liked the way I had it painted. At two o’clock, we hooked our third fish. It sure was a nice day of springer fishing.

For the last four days, the good fishermen are hooking two to three fish a day. A couple of guys that work for ODF&W anchored beside me today and were commenting how this year is starting out like the year 2002. If you were around in 2002, you remember that it was a good year. They also said there are a lot of four-year old fish returning at this time.

The average fish right now is about 23 lbs. to 30 lbs. So give me a call at 541-425-1515 and let me hook one of them up for you.

Your guide,


Fish Report for Sunday, March 14, 2010

March 14, 2010 | By

Thank you for logging to the weekly fish report. The activity this week was fairly slow due to low clear water conditions from last week. Although we did get an inch of rain Monday and Tuesday, it was very cold and turned to snow in the high mountains. As a result, it did not raise the river at all.

There was a total of four salmon caught last week. Two were caught on Sunday, and the other two on Thursday. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any of them.  I ended up with two cut-throat trout on Sunday and did not fish the rest of the week.

We did get a nice three inches of rain from Thursday through Friday, which helped melt the snow. But it blew the river out Friday and Saturday.

It fished good today. I caught a 28-inch steel head in the first fifteen minutes with my modified Mud Bug. Unfortunately, I also lost a springer. I know of a total of seven springers caught on the Rogue River today.  Conditions are great for catching fish and look to be even better soon…

We have a plume of high colored water coming at us from Grants Pass. The average from Grants Pass for the last month and a half has been around 1600 cfs and 3 ntu. The ntu, which stands for Nephelometric Turbidity Units, is a measurement of the clarity and amount of dirt particles in the water. The lower the number, the clearer the water is. Fish like muddy water.

Today when I called in, the river was up to 2400 cfs and 17 ntu’s. With our local clear water and their mud water mixed together, it should make for perfect conditions. The plume will be arriving here on Monday. The ocean has laid down which will make it easier for the salmon to enter the river.

I’m looking forward to a great week of catching fish! If you want to make a memory and get in some of the best fishing the Wild River’s Coast has to offer, then give me a call at 541-412-1515.



More photos…

Fishing Report for Sunday, March 7, 2010

March 7, 2010 | By

Thank you for logging in on our weekly report. This week I was extremely well blessed. Remember last week I told you I was working on a new way of fishing that I thought would become very productive? I was right. We were fortunate enough to catch the first springer on the Rogue River this year! It was on my modified Mud Bug and was brought in by Rodney Brim of Smith River, CA. We also picked up three steelhead… all before noon on Tuesday!

Everything was just right that day. We had one inch of rain on Monday night and another inch that morning. The visibility was about three feet. We were sitting in five feet of water, fairly tight to the willows growing on the bank. Those are perfect conditions. Just look at that fish.

John Anderson holding first confirmed spring chinook salmon caught on Rogue River this year.

If you’d like to read more about this catch, Mark Freeman of the Mail Tribune and Larry Ellis of the Curry Coastal Pilot both wrote great articles.

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Link to Curry Coastal Pilot article:

By Thursday, I did a half day trip. The water had dropped a foot and the visibility was about six feet. We landed two steelhead, one was on my modified Mud Bug and the other was on a Brads gold and black back Wiggle Wort. Then we got slammed on my modified Mud Bug again– but it came off. The way it hit and cleaned off my anchovy from the hooks lead me to believe it was probably another springer.

The river is still dropping and the visibility is about seven to eight feet. It is getting a little harder to find them, even though the ocean laid down on Saturday. In these gin clear conditions, I heard about seven fish were picked up. But don’t fret, we have rain coming. In fact, its raining right now. So conditions are improving for your chance to help make a memory…

If you want to catch a Steelhead or an elusive springer now is a good time to give me a call and we’ll get out there and find some for you.Thank you again for logging in, and to book your next trip, call me at 541-425-1515.

More photos from the week…

For all your tackle needs, stop and see Jim and the boys at the Rogue Outdoor Store. They can help you find the right equipment or tell you what the latest equipment I’m using is in order to help improve your catch!

Fishing Report for Sunday, February 28, 2010

March 2, 2010 | By

Well hello fellow fishing enthusiast. Remember last week I said that Wednesday or Thursday there would be fish to be caught? I was right. I went out Thursday for two hours in the middle of the afternoon with my son and landed a 28-inch fish just to make sure I was right.

 I had a trip on Friday; we hooked three and had two other bites as the river was going crazy on us. When we started out we were sitting g in 4.1 ft of water on our fish finder. By 10 o’clock, it was five feet. By one-thirty, it was six feet.  By 3 o’clock, it was 7.5 feet. Most of our action was before 10 o’clock.

At one-thirty, we had a take down on a new way of fishing for me. I have discovered a way of making an anchovy dart around and look alive. You must see it to believe it! I believe this method of fishing is going to outperform all others I have used in the past for Spring Chinook. The proof will be showing up here shortly….

 So far, to my knowledge there have only been rumors about a Springer being caught, but it could happen any day. The river was 4500 cfs on Friday and went to 20,000 cfs by Saturday morning.  On Sunday we were back down to 10,000 cfs and dropping fast.

Sunday afternoon at Huntley Bar, the bank fishermen hooked 26 fish; the count given to me by the Rogue Outdoor Store. So grab your rod and hit the river! There are fish to be caught. February was a good month but March may even be better.

My total count of fishing trips for February was 10 trips, 63 bites, 30 landed; 18 wild and 12 hatchery.  And a lot of times I only had a single with me and we were finished by ten or eleven! So feel free to call me anytime for an up to the day report on the River, or to book a trip with me. My number is 541-425-1515 and thank you for logging in.