Fishing Adventures

February 3rd and 4th on the Rogue River

Thursday the water was even lower at Denman. I only fished for a couple hours. Lost a few spoons to the bottom and after the 3rd one i called it a day. At one point i thought my skunk had ended but it turned out to be a stick. Wasnt a bad day on the river, was tee shirt weather until the sun went down.

Friday i came back to the Denman Wildlife area. I arrived around 245pm and the water was looking great. It was probably as low and clear as January 11th the day i caught my first steelhead in over 10 years. I got to the same spot i caught that steelhead at 3-4 weeks prior, and even tied on the same color of little cleo that i had caught that steelhead on. After about ten casts into fishing at my favorite hole i hook into what i thought was a snag on the bottom of the river. But this wasnt any ordinary snag, this snag did some head shakes and thats when i knew i had hooked into a steelhead! I fought this steelhead for what id guess about 4 or 5 minutes, it fought really hard, and peeled lots of line.I was finally able to tire it out a bit and beach it up on dry land. I then shoved my hand down its gills and carried it down to where a couple guys were fishing not too far from where i was. I talked with them and we became fishing buddys! He showed me how to bleed the fish and took a few photos of me and the fish. They were using bait, so me being a nice guy i gave them one of my spoons to use. My steelhead turned out to be the only one of the day, they caught some trout, and had some steehlead break them off. So it wasnt too bad of a day 😀 Tight Lines!

8lb 6oz  Wild Steelhead Buck

On the Rogue River we can keep 5 Wild Steelhead a year beginning in February. And only one a day.

I want to end this post by saying this. Luck, Plus Determination, Equals Success!

Thanks for reading and Tight Lines!

7 responses

  1. Way to go, Shane. Awesome Steelie. Looks like I might have to try a Little Cleo next time. Care to share the color? If you want to keep it quiet, shoot me an email at


    February 5, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    • Thanks Nimrod!! That was probably my longest skunk streak since i got back into fishing. About 8 trips with out a fish.

      Thanks Mark! It was a 2/5oz little cleo, Mostly white with a little red on it. Good luck if your try for steehead. They say their fish of a thousand casts. lol 😀

      February 5, 2011 at 9:46 AM

  2. Awesome, awesome, awesome. That is a nice steelhead. Congrats. It looks like that skunk is history.

    February 5, 2011 at 9:25 AM

  3. Mel

    Great job, that’s what its all about, I guess. I agree with you on your comment of “It’s a fish of a thousand casts”.

    Lets see how many more do I have to make until I get too my thousand cast?

    February 5, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    • Thanks Mel! I heard the steelhead in idaho are HUGE so when u do get one it will be a dandy 😀

      February 5, 2011 at 4:33 PM

  4. Dean H.

    Congrats, Shane. Too bad that beauty was too big for the picture. Next time move the camera back a few more feet. And tuck in your shirt! 🙂

    February 6, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    • Next time ill instruct the camera man on how to take a picture 😀 and i might even comb my hair lol

      Thanks for the comment Dean. In june theres a free fishing weekend. maybe we can get u into one then.

      February 6, 2011 at 1:26 AM

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