Archive for June, 2010

The Unfreakinbelievable Salmon Trip!

June 30, 2010 | By

Hi Everyone. Below is a must see video of a fantastic fishing trip. The video was created by Donald Gruener and it will definitely make you want to go fishing.  This video captures some great mid-July fishing.

Hello everyone, I wasn’t able to get in much fishing this week because I was out of town helping my son get his Dotson 510 ready for a Mitsubishi turbo charged- 350 horse engine.  I did go out on Sunday and it was a slow day. I’m looking forward to getting one of those big 50-plus pounders that have been spotted this year. The video above shows what kind of fishing we can expect in mid-July. Give me a call at 541-425-1515 to book your trip.

Your Guide,

~John

Another Photo from the week . . .

Caught June 23, 2010

Fish Report for Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 23, 2010 | By

Thank you for logging in for this week’s fish report.  When we left you last week the water temperatures on the Rogue River was starting to rise.  When the weather cooled on Tuesday, it caused the temperatures to drop 2 degrees by Wednesday, and then the fish exited the bay.

I had a single that day and had him limited out by 8 o’clock in the morning.  I thought it was the beginning of a great week, but the fish did not continue to come. Water temperatures went to 59 degrees and the salmon started acclimating in the bay which made it extremely difficult for all of us to hook fish on Thursday and Friday and over the weekend.

Caught June 21, 2010

They went back on the move on Father’s Day. I had a trip on the 21st, a father and son, and we got a 37 lb and a 29 lb salmon early morning up river. So we came to the bay and I have never seen so many sea lions in the bay before. There must have been 75-80 sea lions. It looked like about seventy-percent were juveniles.

We trolled for about three hours and out at the tip of the jettys, we hooked into Moby Dick! It ran for about 450 yards into the bay, turned and took us about 150 more yards out into the ocean. The ocean had a little bit stronger waves than I like, and I told the gentleman that we need to slow him down or break him off. When he put his thumb to the pool it snapped the leader, but it was by far the largest fish I’ve had on for years. In 2003, I had ahold of 4 big, hot fish. That year is when they caught a 72 lb’er! … I wonder if we’re not getting some of his offspring.

One of the reasons we have so many juvenile sea lions in the bay right now is because we are loaded with tons and tons of bait fish. There are herrings, sardines, and smelt jumping all over, making it look like it’s raining. 2003 was like this, and we caught a number of 40 & 50 pound fish that year.

Caught June 16, 2010

Sea lion patrol

Sea lion patrol starts in two to three weeks. The sea lion patrol is sponsored by the Port of Gold Beach, Oregon Fish and Wildlife, fishing guides, donations, and a fishing derby held in August at Jot’s every year. The program consists of hazing the sea lions with exploding rounds, bean bags, fuel bombs, and rubber bullets. Nothing that penetrates the skin, just annoying to the sea lions enough that they stay out of the bay during daylight hours, while we are fishing. It is an environmental friendly way of allowing the fishermen to enjoy their catch and not harm the sea lions physically. US Fish and Wildlife has deemed our program a great success and considers it good enough to be a model for a pilot program for other fisheries. Larry from Electric Landing is volunteering to do it free of charge here in the next week or so to help out the fisherman.

The 37 lb springer we caught yesterday put up quite a tussle. He made 4 or 5 nice big runs, so just think what a 45 or 50 lber will do. Today, I had a single form Florida and I got him a 22  pounder. The gentleman owns sailboat and fishes all of the time, but he had never caught a salmon. So I helped him catch his first salmon and he told me that now he could cross it off his bucket list.

Let us test your arms out with these huge salmon we’ve been spotting, give us a call at 541-425-1515 to book your trip.

~Your Guide

John

Fishing Report for Sunday, June 13, 2010

June 13, 2010 | By

Thank you for logging in. Springer Stats for 2010: 35 trips, 137 take downs, and 81 landed, (54 hatchery, 27 wild).

This week has been a pretty fair week at times. It started out a little bit slow. Monday, another guide, myself and a friend went out to see what we could catch. The three of us each hooked a Springer, unfortunately none of us landed any. The one I hooked was hooked in the tongue. He came up beside the boat twice then the hook came out. He waved his tail at us and said goodbye. The others we never got to the boat to see where they were hooked.

Tuesday I took family out and had one bite; one 26 lb wild fish.

Another beauty caught on the Rogue River.

Wednesday I fished three guys, we hooked six fish and landed four. Two hatchery and two wild, the big fish is 31.5 lbs. We had 2 smaller fish that would almost have been jack size but they weighed 15 and 14 lbs. They were extremely fat. I caught a bunch of steelhead this year that looked like Salmon because they were so short and fat, like footballs.

Now that's a nice looking salmon.

Tuesday I fished family again and we caught a 34 and a 32 lb – limited them out too.

I had a single for Friday and got twin 30 pounders, one hatchery and one wild, which makes for a happy client.

Twin 30 pounders!

Unfortunately, today the water temperatures warmed up to 61 degrees. I was fishing  some really neat people from the East coast and we didn’t even get a bite. Out of 12 boats, we only saw one fish on and he got knocked off by the netter as he was trying to pull the Springer in. As I came down into the bay I saw sea lions eating fish, which tells me that the fish must have stayed in the  bay today, acclimating to the warm water. After a couple of days acclamation, they’ll be back on the bite and coming up the river. If not, we’ll be trolling the bay. But there is still good numbers to fish around. So don’t hesitate, give us a call at 541-425-1515 and we’ll do our best to find a few for you.

Your guide,

~John

Fishing Report for Sunday, June 6, 2010

June 6, 2010 | By

The first of the week, our water temperature warmed back up to 59 degrees which caused the fish to start to acclimate. This caused fishing to slow down a little bit in the beginning of the week, but the rain helped cooled the river off and as the water came up on Thursday there was a tremendous bite. I was not on the water Thursday, but I had 3 different friends in their boats on the water. Between the three, they hooked 14 and landed 9.

Since Friday, we’ve been blowing out. This afternoon, the water is dropping slightly, it is still 13,200 cfs in Agness, but the bank fishermen at Huntley did extremely well this afternoon. We should be able to start picking them up from the boats tomorrow or Tuesday. Now many times in years past, June has been as good a run as May. So don’t hesitate, give us a call at 541-425-1515 and we’ll do our  best to hook you into some nice big fish. Thank you for logging in.

Your guide,

~Jonh