Friday June 1st I got invited to go trolling for trout at Falls Creek Reservoir, by my friend Ted. It’s another lake that iv never been to let alone fished so there was no way I was gonna pass up the offer to fish it from his boat! I met him in the town of Springfield around 630 and after a couple stops for gas and bait we pulled into the boat launch to find it empty, fishing a week day has its perks! We trolled around the dam at first and had no takes, then we trolled up towards the arms and Ted had his first fish to the boat. Not long after he got his second, and while he had the motor off I was casting a brass Thomas spoon and hooked into my first of the day, it felt like a nice one but came unbuttoned soon after it surfaced. After that fishing became pretty slow so we went off to different part of the lake up one of the arms, where he and some buddies usually do good, and the spot didn’t fail.
We used ford fender trolling set ups with a night crawler on about two feet of leader. Ted let me use his home made fender, which he had never caught a fish on until I put it on my rod. And the home made ford fender was the ticket on that day. It out fished the store bought ford fender three to one probably. After a little while of out fishing him on his own trolling set up I started feeling bad and offered to trade set ups but he refused. We both caught countless fat hold over rainbows, and we both left the lake with our limits of five trout each. Was an awesome day on the water with great company. Ill finish this post with a picture of the five Ted kept. Mine were around the same size but his picture came out better then the one I took of my limit. Thanks for reading and Tight Lines!
Charlie Brown, from FishingTheRogue.com gave me a call on Monday when he got back into town from visiting family for Easter. He wanted to fish the river bright and early the next day, which i was really excited about, I think the river has become my favorite place to fish. We met up at 5am and began fishing not long after. We had a couple take downs early but it took about a half hour at the first hole before one stuck, and it came on my rod! It was a real nice bright hatchery steelhead hen, so it was a keeper. Almost didnt keep it though, it was still some what dark out when we caught it, so the first time charlie tried to net he missed and i thought he was gonna rip the lure out of its mouth be it didnt and after it made a another short run we got it in the boat!
These guys came along not to long after we caught our first one of the day, there’s even one more boat you cant see at the bottom of the rapid. The boat closest in the photo stuck around right next to us for quite awhile, about an hour. It was pretty annoying bet hey what can ya do. The funny thing was about 10 minutes after they left, Charlies rod got a take down and he reeled in a really nice bright hatchery steelhead. It wasnt big but the chrome’ness made up for its lack of size. It was only 22inches but since it was hooked in the eye and was a good one to eat he tagged it, he usually releases the small ones i guess. So we had two real nice steelhead in the box from just the first hole! We gave the group of boats plenty of time to get down river before we started fishing the lower holes. But when we did get a couple holes lower one of the rods got a massive take down! It was hard to get out of the rod holder even. This fish was crazy! I fought it for a couple minutes then got it close to the boat. Then something amazing happened that ill never forget! I was pulling the fish near the boat so Charlie could net it, you could see it getting nearer and nearer. Then it jumped! A few feet out of the water, only a foot or so away from the boat. Charlie only had to move the net forward about a foot and the fish pretty much flopped right into it! If we would of had one more person in the boat we would of had some of the best fishing footage ever! But the way it happened only me and Charlie were witnesses. I know this whole thing probably seems hard to believe but ill never forget the whole event, it was incredible!
There’s me and my limit of real nice chrome Steelhead, 28 and 29 inches. The first one had made it to the hatchery once already this winter, because there was a hole punch on her cheek. They do that at the hatchery so they know how many times the fish has swam to the hatchery. Pretty cool to catch one that made it to the hatchery then got trucked down river and swam back up and i got her before she could return again. The rest of the float we only could use one rod because i had my limit. We still got into a bunch of fish. One Steelhead we released, and another Steelhead that was a nice sized one but got off, because charlie was anchored in the wrong spot and couldn’t go down river after him. We also released a handful of trout that hit the plugs. A pretty good day of fishing on the wonderful Rogue River. Cant complain when you go home with two real beautiful Steelhead. Thanks to Charlie Brown for inviting me to come along again. Make sure to tell him you heard about his guiding business from my blog and he’ll give you a nice discount. FishingTheRogue.com
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Tuesday night Charlie “Steelhead” Brown, told me he was going fishing all day Wednesday and camping out and fishing Thursday too, since the weather was nice and his wife was busy with work. We met up at the boat ramp Wednesday morning around 730am and there was already a bunch of boats in the water. Not many bankies though, so we were able to run our plugs through chief hole pretty good. We were sitting plugging away in the middle of the hole, when a boat fishing bait at the top hooked one and the fish ran down past our boat. So we had to bring the rods in, after i got the first one in we looked at the other rod and we had a fish on our self’s! They were fighting the fish like it was a monster floating all the way down the hole, we achored up the boat and landed the fish real quick i think they even saw us do it really quick. The fish ended up being a real nice chrome hatchery hen, 7lbs.
We took our time fishing the holes after we got that fish in the boat. We did this because we couldnt shuttle back up to the top and also since so many boats were on the river the holes were beat to death. We made it down to Casey Park only a hole or two above where Charlie planned on camping for the night. Quite a few bankies were fishing here its a pretty popular spot. But we still managed to pull one out on plugs!!! This one was a real beautiful fish, and it was another hatchery hen, so charlie got himself some more bait! And i got my limit by 2pm.
Was an awesome day on the water as you can see. Fishing in a boat with a great guide, wearing a tee shirt and limiting out by 2pm. It dont get much better! I was walking back to my car and the ex police chief of Shady Cove actually gave me a ride to my car. Lots of nice people out here in the great state of Oregon. Ill leave you guy’s wit one last picture from this day. I was leaving and stopped off at the top of the slide hole and see Charlie at the bottom. I shouted to him and took his picture. He shouted back that he had just released a nice buck that he caught on roe! Make sure you check out Charlies site. FishingTheRogue.com. If you book a trip with him make sure you mention my name and or my blog. And you will get a really great discount!
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Thank God It’s Steehead. Friday I went fishing with Charlie Brown. Not the one your probably thinking of but Charlie “Steelhead” Brown of Southern Oregon. Charlie is the owner of Fishing the Rogue Guide Service. And I must say fishing with him is a blast. I got a call from him friday morning saying to meet him at Rogue Elk Park at 3pm out on the river where the boat ramp is. When we got to the hatchery boat ramp i seen Phil’s truck and trailer there and knew he would probably be anchored in his favorite hole and when we got down there i was right. We passed them by then floated to the next stretch and I seen a couple more guys i knew but were fishing from the bank, it was raining good so most of the guys out were hardcore and i knew most of them. We got down past the slide hole, which is one of the last holes bank anglers have public access too. Down past there the fishing got better for us because the pressure is way less, up higher it gets hammered from all the bankies. Probably around 430 we got into the first steelhead a bright chrome hatchery hen. It gave me a great fight, went all the way down then stopped at the rapid and i reeled her back up so Charlie could net the beauty.
It felt great getting that fish. My first steelhead in about 5-6 weeks. The last one came on Valentines Day. But this was probably my most bright fish so far this year ( the brighter they are the better the meat they will have) That 27inch chromer was the best tasting steelhead iv had yet. Not long after catching that one we were plugging the river coming up on a rapid so i grabbed the rod and started bringing it in when a steelhead slammed the plug, my friend charlie didnt beleive it at first that it was a fish. He pulled over and dropped anchor so i could fight the fish like we did last time. But this time the left oar hit a rock and popped out and started floating down the river while i was fighting a fish. These drift boat oars arnt cheap so charlie pulled his spare oar out and I tightened the drag on the reel so it would be a quick fight. We fought the fish on the run, floating down the river, we got it netted quickly and then we switched our attention to finding the oar. We spotted it in the middle of the river then it ended up getting stuck in a eddy for a little bit and we eventually got it when it came out of the eddy. After i tagged that 28inch hen we only fished one more hole with one rod because i was limited out and couldnt fish anymore. We wound up getting one last take down on a plug but it didnt stick seemed like a good strike too.
Wound up being an awesome short day on the river. Got my first limit of steelhead and my first fish on a plug, also was my first time using baitcasting set ups. I suggest if you want a good day on the river and want to learn alot, and be put on the fish. Get a hold of Charlie! He’s a great guy and an awesome guide. He has more white water experience then he does steelhead experience so you will be more then comfortable going down all the rapids on the river. And he even has a propane heater in the front! Make sure you check out his website and if your interested in a trip make sure you let him know soon. It’s almost time for spring salmon, and winter steelhead is great right now! FishingTheRogue.com
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