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The Chetco is one of Oregonís premier salmon and steelhead rivers, and our most popular fishery. It produces more kings over 50 pounds than any other river in Oregon, as well as some of the best winter steelhead fishingin the state.
The Smith is known for its large run of giant king salmon, as well as numerous steelhead over 20 pounds.
The Rogue River is one of the few rivers in the world that has salmon and steelhead fishing 12 months a year. It is especially known for its hard-fighting springers, big run of fall kings and abundant winter steelhead.
The Coquille Bay has Oregonís best early fall salmon fishing.
For sheer numbers of king salmon, the Elk River is hard to beat. The Elk and Sixes both have late fall runs, peaking in December.
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Wild Rivers Fishing
Professional River Guide and Saltwater Capt. Andy Martin
Brookings, Oregon / Gustavus, Alaska
(206) 388-8988 or (541) 813-1082
P.O. Box 1646, Brookings, OR 97415
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Rogue River Salmon and Steelhead
The legendary salmon and steelhead runs on the Rogue River draw anglers from throughout the country. From the trophy salmon in the Rogue Bay to tasty springers to hard-fighting summer and winter steelhead, the Rogue is worthy of its reputation of being one of the West's premier places to fish. Home of the world record fly-caught salmon, a monster 70-plus-pound Chinook, and one of the most plentiful winter steelhead runs in the state, fishing is good on the Rogue year round.
Guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing has been fishing the Rogue his entire life. A native of the area, he learned at an early age how to troll the Rogue Bay, anchor fish for spring salmon, and fish for the famed half-pounder steelhead near Agness.
"Andy, Thanks! Great trip, good company, and a terrific experience. Cannot wait to come back for a chrome steelhead! See you next time.
- Joe Kephart, Hermiston, Oregon
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Strong salmon runs, abundant steelhead make lower Rogue a year-round favorite
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Rogue Bay's big kings make Gold Beach one of Oregon's top fishing destinations
The Rogue Bay, where big fall Chinook stack up in the cooler water near the river's mouth before heading upstream in late summer and early fall, is one of pro guide Andy Martin's favorite fisheries. Trolling from jet sleds, anglers catch salmon up to 60 pounds, often within sight of the Highway 101 bridge in Gold Beach. Aside from big Chinook salmon, the Rogue also receives a healthy run of coho salmon. Andy targets these fish in September and October, when the fall run is at its peak. This is when the biggest kings of the year are caught.
The fall Chinook run on the Rogue is often around 50,000 fish each year, one of the largest salmon runs on the West Coast. The average size also is impressive. The salmon average over 25 pounds, with lots of 40-pounders caught each year, along with some over 50.
The Rogue also has a reputation for at times producing wide-open bites. When the action is hot, dozens of boats may hook up in a short period of time.
The lower Rogue is home of the extremely effective Rogue Bait Rig, a combination of an anchovy and spinner blade that tricks thousands of king salmon into biting every year.
The Rogue Bayís salmon are chrome bright and great-tasting, and the action rivals that of peak-season ocean fisheries. But the bayís waters are calm and protected, so sea sickness is not a problem.
Late in the season, the fish from Indian Creek Hatchery arrive, giving anglers a fresh batch of bright fish.
Rogue River springers are known as hardest fighting and best eat king salmon
Spring Chinook, known more commonly as springers, run from late March through July. Fishing is best just upstream from Gold Beach and again in the upper section of the river below Lost Creek Dam. Andy fishes from a custom jet boat in the lower river to get his customers to the best springer spots. These are the hardest-fighting and best-tasting salmon in Oregon. Each tide brings in a new batch of springers, which quickly begin moving upstream. To catch them, anglers will anchor over their travel lanes and use anchovies, Rogue Bait Rigs or spinners. When fresh springers run into properly presented baits, the result is often hookups highlighted by a very aggressive strike and extremely hard fight.
Springers are the most prized fish on the West Coast. The Rogue at Gold Beach is perhaps the best place to catch them. Peak season is April and May. The spring salmon average 18 to 22 pounds, with fish in the high 20s and low 30s common and fish to 40 pounds caught each year.
While springer fishing, guides like Andy use heated, covered jet boats so anglers can fish in comfort and stay dry while they await the next school of fish to move upstream.