Fishing Adventures

Upper Rogue River

Saturday was another beautiful day in Oregon, so i had to go enjoy it. My thoughts were to goto Medco pond and fish spinners where i usually do there, but as i arrived there and seen all the people fishing/camping i decided to go some where else. So i kept on driving and decided to fish the far Upper Rogue above Lost Creek Lake, I had never fished the upper river before so i decided to give it a go. The first place i went to was Rivers Bridge Campground, its a beautiful little area about a 1/4 mile from the highway, first time on a dirt road for me since i flipped my car about a month ago, felt a little uneasy at first but all was well. Im a rookie at river fishing so at first i felt a little discouraged when didnt get any bites or see any sign of fish, but i was casting my spinner downstream and i think that may be the wrong way to fish it. I then decided to walk upstream about 100ft from the bridge and try my luck, started casting my spinner upstream and when i got it in the right pocket i could see the trout chase after it, after a couple casts from this spot i caught my first and only fish of the day, a beautiful redband rainbow trout, he was about 6-7 inches, pretty sure he was a wild fish. After catching that guy i hooked a couple more in the same area but they got off, went a little further up river with out any luck, and decided to goto my car for some lunch, after eating a few of my smoked trout and some chips i took off down the highway for another spot. I ended up at Abbot Creek, what an awesome area, another place id never been to, and the rapids were magnificent!  I walked up river about a mile with my rod in hand stopping and fishing every now and then but since the water was so high, fast and cold the fishing wasnt so great. But i did i have a great hike through the wilderness, not seeing a single soul until on my way back and they were on the other side of the river, i love the solitude out there. I had a great day of fishing/exploring and i plan on fishing this part of the river much more espically once the water gets warmer and when the water isnt as high. Thanks for stopping by my blog and tight lines!!!

I didnt mention it but i did catch a couple of these too, they  were released unharmed 😀

I thought about going out on this log and fishing but that water is awfully cold and fast.

After hiking around Abbot Creek i decided to head back to Rivers Bridge campground where i had some success earlier, after a few casts i had a decent trout on but he got free after some head shakes.

5 responses

  1. Thats some pretty country, no reason NOT to go exploring more. You were probably wise to steer clear of those rapids, just not worth it. Looking forward to some of your future posts as you get more acquainted with the area.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:41 PM

  2. That is some beautiful country. I’d be curious to what the water temperature is if you have a thermometer. Keep the pictures coming and I just might be talked into taking a trip up there.


    May 17, 2010 at 11:14 PM

  3. The Rogue is a beautiful river. I have always wanted to fish it. I hear there is some pretty good fishing below one of the dams on the river, though I can’t recall the name of that particular dam.

    Beautiful troutie too! Nice pictures.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:56 AM

  4. Mel

    Like all of the others that left comments, those pictures show God’s work at some of his best. I would love to toss a spinner, or a Rapala or something in some of that water.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:17 AM

  5. Ill defiantly be doing some more fishing, and camping there would be nice. Also there has been a few people that have drown on that stretch of river. Ill start bringing a thermometer with me, iv had some one else ask about the temps where i fish, all i can say that day it was freezing, had my feet in the water for half a minute and couldnt take it for much longer. Nimrod as for as dams on the rogue there are 2 as of now, pretty soon there will be only one. This summer they are gonna remove Gold Ray Dam, its an old dam built in the 40’s its useless now except for on the fish ladder they have a camera and have the ability to count the fish the cross the dam. So after that goes down it will be a clear shot from Lost Creek Lake to the ocean, i fished the rogue river about 15 miles up from the lake, later in the summer they stock it weekly in a few differnt areas. Fishing below Gold Ray dam is great for salmon because its really deep there and they like to hold there, but after the dam is removed they say all the gravel and sediment will be the end of those fishing holes. And below the dam at Lost Creek Lake is the holy water, which is fly fishing only and i think its also catch and release. below the holy water is the hatchery and from there u can fish with the masses for salmon and steelhead, im not much for fishing right next to other people unless im there with them. Next time im there Mel, im gonna use other stuff besides spinners, rapalas and some type of bait, i talked to a couple guys and they said they were catching them on salmon eggs at Union Creek which is about 12 miles up the road. Damn long reply lol. Thanks for the kind words guys 🙂

    May 18, 2010 at 7:40 AM

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