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Fishing Report for Sunday, April 24, 2010

April 26, 2010 | By

Thanks for logging in for this week’s fish report. The fishing has been good. Basically, I had a single on Thursday, we landed two fish, a 40 lb and 18 lb. The 40 lb was the biggest Springer Chinook I’ve helped any of my clients catch. Unfortunately, it was wild and had to be thrown back. See the photo of this catch below. Don’t forget that after June 1st, we can keep all fish, hatchery and wild salmon.

40 lb Wild Springer Chinook!!

Friday, the river gave us an unsurprised turn and got very muddy, with visibility of about one foot. I had two pull downs and neither one of them stuck. I even had to break out the neon signs to get that. I was running supper bright rainbow spinners in front of my bait.

The water cleared for a little bit on Saturday and there was a reasonable bite. There was about 20 fish caught around the elephant rock area. On Sunday, a good number of fish came in but they were being harassed by seals and sea lions and would hardly bite. Today large schools of sea lions showed up in the bay, more than I’ve ever seen. But so did the rain. we’ve had two inches so far today and are supposed to get another inch and a half by noon tomorrow. With as many sea lions as I saw, when the river clears on Wednesday or Thursday, there should be a tremendous bite. So don’t hesitate, give us a call and we’ll fix you up with a memory of a lifetime. Call (541) 425-1515, and if I’m busy landing a fish at the moment, be sure to leave your name and number so I can return you call.

Your Guide,


Rogue River Fish Report for Sunday, April 18, 2010

April 20, 2010 | By

Thanks for logging in. This week’s fish report is coming to you from Tonya, a friend of John’s who helps post his fish reports. On Sunday, my husband and I had the opportunity to join John for some Rogue River fishing.

John picked us up at 9 am and took us to the area known as elephant rock. After eating a delicious breakfast cooked up by John, we watched a few elk wind a path up one of the hills. Then action started about 12:30 pm as the tide was making it’s push. There were 14 fish caught in the elephant rock area between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm between 22 boats. The first springer we landed was 28 lbs, but was wild and had to be let go. Twenty minutes later, we got another hook. This one was a 28 lb. hatchery, a keeper and my first-ever Chinook catch!

Our last fish turned out to be a fishing story we can tell the grandkids someday. It started about when the inside rod got a hit and started to run. After pulling in the other lines and breaking anchor, John noticed a sea lion had a hold of the springer. As Ken handled the reel, John maneuvered the boat, circling around the sea lion several times while banging on the side of the boat, trying and scare him off. After awhile Ken and I had doubts we’d be able to get him, but John said not to give up and it turns out he was right. That sea lion fought hard until he finally gave up the 16 pounder. Amazingly, there were only minor tooth marks on the tail end of the fish.

We had an amazing time fishing with John. His boat was getting a lot of hits, partly due to his choice in lures, partly because of location on the river, but mostly because John uses high quality bait. He knows the first ten miles of the Rogue River like the back of his hand and stays in contact with other fishermen, lending knowledge on conditions up or down the river.

Besides our trip, John helped his client limit out on Tuesday. He also hooked three and landed two on Wednesday. So far, between 13 trips, John’s had 58 bites and landed 33. If you want to get in on some great fishing and make memories of a lifetime, I definitely recommend you call John at 541-425-1515.

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Fishing Report for Sunday April 11, 2010

April 11, 2010 | By

Thank you for logging in for this week’s fish report. Today was the day you dream about, a day of a lifetime. I picked up my clients at six-thirty and we went up and got on anchor. At eight o’clock we had a takedown that did not stick. At eight-thirty, one of my center rods slammed down, the line started making the clicker go nuts and then the inside rod did the same thing. Two fish at once.

The inside rod went out so fast I had to drop off anchor and put ‘er in reverse as fast as I could, because we were all the way down to the center of the spool. We could see the knot and then we got him turned. It took us about a half an hour, but we got them both. The hot fish was 28 lbs, the other one was 24 lbs. We got back on anchor and about two hours later, we got an 18 pounder. On the outside rod about an hour later, we got another 18 pounder. Another hour went by and the center rod slammed down, another fish- but he broke off. Another half hour, a 24 lb, center rod.

I was putting out my lines, looking for my last fish and all of a sudden, I had three fish on at once, my first triple for Springer fishing. Unfortunately, they all came off. Forty-five minutes later, we had a 24 pounder in the box. We were tagged out and had to go home. Now that’s a day you dream about. Truly a once and a lifetime type event. Folks, I’ve been so blessed this year. My last eight trips, I’ve had 40 hookups and landed 24. For Springer fishing, that is phenomenal. The old saying, “You snooze, you lose,” is true. If you don’t hit the water soon this year, you’re going to miss a chance of a lifetime. So give us a call at 541-425-1515 and let us put you into a chance of a lifetime.

Thank you.

Your guide,

John Anderson

Fishing Report for Sunday, April 4, 2010

April 4, 2010 | By

Thank you for logging in for the weekly fish report. This last week, I hit it right on the nail. I had a trip for Thursday in which we hooked three Chinook and landed two, an 18 lb and 24 lb hatchery fish. We had one 8 lb hatchery steelhead, chrome bright straight out of the ocean and lost another one that was close to 10 pounds. It jumped several times out of the water into the air and spit out the hook.

Five fish on in one day is a good day. Water conditions are extremely high and very cold. You have to adapt to the conditions. Look for current seams on the edges behind willows and anywhere from 3 1/2 to 4 ½ feet in depth are ideal. Remember every water level, color of the water, and temperature of the water depends on where you place your anchor to get the best opportunity. There is no one spot you can go to every time and find fish.

The ocean is extremely rough, water extremely high and cold which makes for a tough opportunity to catch a fish. Water should be dropping by mid-week and the temperature should be coming up.  I expect there to be good fishing somewhere around Wednesday and on.  For updates or to book a trip, feel free to give me a call at 541-425-1515.


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.



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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.

Link to Mail Tribune article:  http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100304/LIFE/3040306

Link to Curry Coastal Pilot article: http://www.currypilot.com/20100306114894/Sports/Sports/Heres-proof-springers-are-in-the-Rouge-River

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.

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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.


Fishing Report for Sunday, February 21, 2010

February 24, 2010 | By

This last week, the Rogue started out on fire from the rains that dropped over the weekend. I did a couple of trips in the middle of the week. We started at daylight and we had our first fish by seven-fifteen and our second was caught around nine. Then the sun came onto the water and the bite just stopped. Now if someone could hand out sunglasses to the fish so they could continue to run in bright light, we could catch fish all day long! But until then, we have to pray for cloud cover or rain for midday bites.

At two forty-five the fog rolled in and started to blotch the sunlight. By three o’clock our center rod went down with a nice hatchery fish. We decided to quit at four o’clock so I picked up our outside rod and started to reel it in. That’s when the inside rod went slamming down to the water with a 31 and 1/2 inch chrome bright male! What a way to finish out a day!

The following day, the river had dropped about a foot and was starting to clear enough that you could see the bottom. I only had a few hours to fish because we had to quit at nine-thirty. By seven we landed our first fish, a wild male that we released. We had another one within a half hour, but when it got to the side of the boat, it turned, made a run and came off. After that we had one other take down that didn’t stick.

The river is still producing one or two fish early in the morning, before the light gets on the water. After the light comes out, it gets pretty hard to find them. But don’t get discouraged because we have rain on the way! If the national weather service has it called right, the river will be back in shape by Wednesday or Thursday. So about Wednesday or Thursday you better be getting on the river to see if you might be the lucky one to catch the first Springer or big Steelhead. February totals so far include 95 bites, 55 landed in a total of 18 trips.

To get daily reports or to book a trip, feel free to call me at 541-425-1515 anytime. Thank your for logging in.