Archive for May, 2010

Fishing Report for Sunday, May 30, 2010

May 30, 2010 | By

Whoa, Morgan's first fish is as big as him.

Thank you for logging in to this week’s fish report. I fished three days this week, and was skunked two out of the three of them. On Friday, we did extremely well.  Fishing is steady and consistent, but we’re not getting the high numbers we were getting earlier. We have a tremendous problem with sea lions right now, there is between 22-27 sea lions that have moved into the bay and are pressuring the fish, especially down in the elephant rock area, making it extremely hard to get a bite.

The boats four to five miles up are doing a lot better in the morning and evenings, than the boats down below. We are supposed to have rain this week which will help cool off the 59-degree water and should bring the fish back on the bite. Today I was fishing around the rock hoping for a repeat of my fishing trip on Friday. That day I had an opportunity to crawl in a boat with some friends and it turned out  that we hooked five fish; four Chinook and one Steelhead.  So I went there today hoping  to repeat that performance. We saw four or five fish roll right behind us which should have bit, but they boot-scoot-and-boogied right past us. I believe all the sea lions below are chasing them up and the the seals up the river where we were,  were also them. They took all our fish today, but that won’t happen every day.

I have a couple of trips this week and hopefully my report for next week will be able to paint a better picture. Hope you enjoy our reports, looking forward to seeing you soon.

To book a trip call me at 541-425-1515.

Your guide,

~John

The only bright side of a gloomy day is you can harass the sea lions that take your bite away. It’s always great sport if you bring your paint ball gun, wrist rockets, BB gun, or small air pellet guns to harass the sea lions. I’ve been told by a State Policeman it was legal to harass them as long as you don’t penetrate their skin which is very tough,  due to their tough hide. They simply don’t like it and dive and swim away quickly, so it’s always great sport and there is plenty of hunting right now.

Fishing Report for Sunday, May 23, 2010

May 23, 2010 | By

Thank you for logging in for this week’s fish report.

2010 Stats: 28 trips, 121 bites, 70 landed.

The first part of the week the Rogue River water temperatures were 59 degrees, making the bite extremely slow. On Tuesday, the water remained warm which made for slow catching down in the tidal water. I have found Brad’s cut-plug herring to be extremely effective in slow water, just behind my mud dog. When other baits lose their action and won’t produce any more, Brad’s is always a good bet. It’s like a timex, it keeps on tickin’ and takes a lickin’.  Good fillers for it are: oil packed tuna, a strip of sardine with Patsky’s creole scent, and I’ve also caught them with a strip of anchovie and anise scent.  I’m looking forward to trolling it in the bay. Click here so see a video of Brad’s cut plug.

The rain caused a drastic drop in temperatures on Wednesday morning. It went from 59 to 56 degrees and the bite was on. I started with a double, one was a mid 30-lbs wild fish and the othe came off beside the boat.  We were fortunate enough to be in one of the premier spots and the storm was coming on Wednesday so we decided to weather it out.  The 40 mile an-hour… breeze, I’m sure took away some of our bites, but we still ended up with nine fish on, landing four. Unfortunately, we couldn’t keep the wild one because the law hadn’t changed until Saturday. We had to throw a nice one back.

The good news is that now we can keep everything we hook.  When the cooler temperatures came on Wednesday, the build up of salmon in the bay due to warmer waters, had pretty much emptied out.  Now we are back to a steady stream of fish coming in on each tide. There’s been about 15-25 salmon caught each day now. So it’s still pretty steady and if you want a chance for one of these June lunkers that are coming, now is a good time to give me a call at 541-425-1515.

Fishing photos from this week…

35 lb salmon, caught May 20,2010. What a beauty!

Another great catch 30-32 lb, caught May 20, 2010

Fish Report for Sunday, May 16, 2010

May 17, 2010 | By

Thanks for logging in for weekly fishing report. This week has been an interesting week, it definitely hasn’t been red hot but semi-productive. Water temperatures have raised quite a  bit, and are now at 60 degrees which has slowed down our fish on their usual run. After the big water, all the acclimated fish came up the river on it. Our fish are coming in and out on the tide getting used to this 60 degree water.

Another great catch!

This last week I averaged almost 1 fish per client per day. Sunday we only had one bite up above so we decided to come down and check out the bay. We heard that Jim Morrison had hooked a fish in the bay on Thursday but a sea lion had taken it from him. We trolled down to the bay and hooked a  35-lb wild fish and have photos, which will get posted shortly to acknowledge that it was the first fish landed in the bay this year.

The fish we hooked earlier in the day was also a wild fish that was about 30-lbs. That evening, my client said they took out their camera, and as they sat at the dinner table they could only drool as they just didn’t eat quite the same. But the good news in that starting Saturday, we will be able to keep wild fish. So don’t hesitate, give us a call at 541-425-1515 and let us get a fish for you!

Your guide

~John

Fish Report for Sunday May 9, 2010

May 10, 2010 | By

This week has been absolutely awesome for fishing on the Rogue River. I was able to land 21 fish in 6 trips.

The week started out great, with Tuesday and Wednesday turning out 6 fish – each day.   By the end of the week, it had slowed some, Thursday was a half day and we landed 1 out of 3.  The water lowered and cleared and the bite slowed down, but we got two inches of rain today, and the river is on a rise. It  should be awesome fishing from Tuesday on.  So give me  a call at 541-425-1515, I still have openings each week for the next three weeks.

Your Guide

~John

What a day's catch!

Fishing Report for Sunday, May 2, 2010

May 2, 2010 | By

Hello fellow fishermen, this week we were blowing out until Friday, and those boats that were tight to the shore with bright colors picked up a fair amount of fish Friday and Saturday. Then the water cleared today and it broke wide open. I hooked 8 and landed 5. I was by myself for the first two hours and I landed a hatchery and a wild fish. Most guides on the river today had three or four fish. I saw probably 30 – 35 fish caught in the elephant rock area today, out of about 30 boats.

One thing that is working for those of you that don’t have good bait, like us that put up ahead of time, is Brad’s Cut-Plug herring plug. Today a boat two boats out from me landed two fish with oily tuna fish bait. Another thing that works extremely well, is a slice of sardine and Pautzke’s Creole scent. The fishing is so good, if you don’t come now, you’re going to miss the chance of a lifetime. So give us a call at 514-425-1515, and we’ll help make you a memory of a lifetime.

Your guide,

~John

More Pictures…

28 lb salmon caught August, 2009 by Sallie Johnson of Burbank, CA