My laptop has been acting up so i wasn’t able to write this as soon as i would of liked. But here goes my report from May 11th on the Rogue River. My day started out at 530am two hours after my alarm went off, oops. Luckily i wasn’t meeting Charlie at the boat ramp that day, instead i met him at one of our favorite holes. We had fished the night before and he had decided to camp out on the river to save on gas and to be out in the hole bright and early. I got in the boat and he informed me that a guide had shared his same hole and pulled a salmon out of it. When i got in the boat i could see the boat down in the next hole fishing. Then we seen them hook into their second salmon of the day. Kinda disappointing for us. But then right around 8am it happened! Charlie was busy wrapping a kwik fish or something, when i noticed his rod doing something different and i told him to look at. We had two rods out, mine had a wrapped kwik fish and his had a diver with eggs. The fish had been biting it for about 10 seconds before Charlie set the hook and the fight was on!He fought it for about 15 seconds before the fish headed down the rapid and he had to jump in the back of the boat in get on the oars, so the rest of the fight was all me. And this fish fought like no other fish iv ever had on the end of my line. We got down pass the rapid and we got the boat up on shore and Charlie got out so he could try to net it. But the salmon had other ideas. The drag wasn’t loose but it really seemed like it was, the way the salmon was pulling out 15lb line. I eventually had to say get back in the boat and lets chase this beast down, i wasn’t making any ground on it. By then it had been more then a few minutes and my arm was tired. Luckily we went down the river after it and not too long after we got it in the net. Turned out to be a small Spring Chinook Salmon, 26inches. I didn’t care though. It was my very first Salmon from a river and it was also the hardest fighting fish i ever caught! A couple other cool things about this salmon was it was the first one of the year in Charlies boat and also the first one hes got on a diver.Turned out third day in a row chasing the salmon was the charm. I must say fishing for salmon is way more frustrating then steelhead. These fish are famous for having lock jaw. Most people say they don’t bite. Ninety percent of the bank anglers fishing for them arnt getting them to bite when they hook one. Which makes it even sweeter when we get one to bite our offerings, because every day of salmon season you’ll see the banks lined up with yankees. And by yankees i don’t mean the baseball team. People on the banks arnt fishing in my opinion well most people, id say they are harvesting the salmon instead of fishing for them. A tiny bead, hook, and some weight is all they need to get into a beast of a fish. I guess if i wanted to feel the tug and put fish on the table id be out there lined up on the banks by the hatchery with the rest of them. But that’s not my crowd, combat fishing is what its called. And i have no desire to do it. All my salmon fishing will be done from a boat away from the masses. I have nothing against those who floss the fish or line them in the mouth, what ever you want to call it. But id much rather go bass or trout fishing where i know i can convince the fish to bite. So here’s to a fish that was caught the “right” way, he was a biter! Oh and before I go id like to give major thanks to my favorite fishing guide out there! Charlie Brown of FishingTheRogue.com
Thanks for reading my little blog 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
Thanks for reading, tight lines!
I did four days straight of bass fishing, with most of it done up in private ponds on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th. The bassin weekend started out thursday night. My sisters boyfriend and I headed out to White City to fish the VA Domiciliary. This was my first time fishing there, but my friend has told me all about it. I guess its not a bad spot. I missed one fish, crappy hook set. But my friend caught a tiny one. I took a picture anyways. Just for shits and giggles lol.
Friday afternoon I picked my friend Colby Pearson the bass master up from his home because we had a weekend full of bass fishing planned, at private ponds up north! We stopped by the Umpqua Fish Ladder on our way up and seen a few steelhead going up the ladder, they have a viewing window there and it was my first time stopping, pretty cool to see the fish on the other side of the glass. Then we stopped in the town of Sutherlin to get some lunch and to fish a Lake i hadnt been to in a few years, Cooper Creek Reservoir. We fished there for about an hour and decided to leave since neither one us got a bite, there were quite a few trout fishermen there and also a bass boat. Didnt unpack my camera so didnt get any photos of Cooper Creek, but ill fish there again some time this year and get a better report of the place done! We ended our day at our hosts house we were staying at for the weekend, Dave and his Wife Lisa aka Mr and Mrs Polebender. I met Dave last summer, we’re Oregon Fishing Forum members and last year he came down to Medford for work and wanted to do some bass fishing when he got off. So we met up and did some fishing and became fishing buddies! He’s from the Eugene area and has private pond access, so the past couple years he’s invited people from the forum over to one of the ponds for a day of fishing. He calls it the Polebender Invitational. This year he got prize donations for biggest bass and heaviest limits. I even brought up a couple prizes donated from Xfactor Tackle located in Grants Pass Oregon. The grand prize was an awesome custom made bait casting rod made by Ryan808 who is also a forum member. It was valued at over 300 bucks!
Saturday morning started out really slow. I met alot of the forum members and made some small talk, didnt really fish too hard because i seen the fish werent really cooperating. I witnessned my friend Colby catch the only bass from the event. I was about 75 yards away and could see it was about two pounds, turned out to be 1 pound 15oz. Id say thats the best fish under 2lbs my friend Colby might ever catch. It got him a sweet custom rod that he is using this weekend in the Oregon High School Bass Tourney. If he wins he would end up fishing in Arkansas against the best young fishermen in the country. When he competes in the local tournaments he’s up against adults and does very well. And hes been doing that since he was 11 and hes now a junior in high school. In todays local newspaper ‘the mail tribune’ Mark Freeman wrote an article about Colby and his buddy Jacob and their Tournament this weekend on the Columbia River for the high school state championship!
Thats the group of us that made out on that Saturday. We all ate rotisserie chicken that Dave cooked on the open fire, and cheese burgers on the grill, and i even brought some smoked steelhead! I counted and i think 18 of us are Oregon Fishing Forum Members. So it was really cool meeting these guys and gals in person. Jeanna Jigs made it out since trout opener got snowed out. I made a post about Jeanna and her walk for breast cancer a few weeks back. She had a donation jar and raised 100 dollars at the event this day! Click right here if you would like to donate, anything will help! Since Colby caught the only bass of the day we ended up putting everyone’s name in a hat and letting one of Dave’s grand kids pick a name out of it. That way it was fair for who got the prizes except the grand prize went to the bass master himself ‘Colby Pearson’ for catching the only bass at the invitational, there was also couple sucker fish caught too but those dont count during a bass tourney. Not long after we took the group picture i started to gather my stuff together because Chris another forum member invited Colby and myself to go over and fish his pond for a few hours. We had planned to fish most of Sunday there but we couldnt deny a offer of fishing there after a really slow day at the first pond. Colby caught the first one right after we got into the water probably three cast into this new pond! It’s the first picture below. Id say he caught about four or five real nice 3-4lb bass to my zero. Then he said he would hand off the next one he caught. I said ok, just so i could feel a fish after fishing all day. Well he got one on soon after and landed it because it was near some heavy cover, i told him no worries because i wanted to catch my own fish anyways. Then not to long after i tossed my jig near some cover, let it sink, reeled and felt a fish and gave a little hook set and i had a real feisty large mouth bass on! Over 4lbs. Great first bass of the year and also my first bass on a jig!
We came back the next morning bright and early about 630am. This time Dave, TTFishon, and Ryan808 all came along. I rode along with Chris and Colby again and Ryan and Dave both brought their little boats. We all had a great day! Our boat probably boated 30 bass that day alone. Only one was under three pounds, the average was from 3 to 4.5 pounds with a few going over 5.
That’s our host Chris holding a nice bass from his awesome pond
The last picture was probably the most memorable fish of the day. I had been recording video on a few different occasions trying to get the hook set on video. Well id film for about a minute or so when we came up to a good looking submerged tree. This time i turned it off after recording almost 2 minutes then 20 seconds later Colby and Chris had a double! Bad timing for video. But a good picture! Id like to thank Dave and Lisa for letting me and Colby stay at there place and fish their pond! Also big thanks to Chris for letting us come over and catch some nice fish from his bass mecca, cant wait to go back during the summer for some top water action! Thanks for reading and tight lines!
Charlie called me and told me he had one client and wanted to see if i wanted to come along to fill the boat. I’m sure Charlie and Phil both know by now i wont turn down a offer at fishing the Rogue River in their boats! Last time out fishing with Charlie i mentioned if he only had one client and i came along i had no problem handing over my rod if it gets the first take down. Iv handed off steelhead a few times to Phil, but i usually reel most of them in. We all met at the boat ramp at the hatchery at 530am this Monday. We fished the very top hole also known as sandy bottom for about an hour. We were surprised we didn’t pull at least one steelhead out of there, Charlie says usually you can get two in that hole. So we floated down to the next hole known as the chief hole. First pass through my rod got slammed and had a fish on for about 10 seconds, until it surfaced and jumped then broke the leader. Darn! But only about 10 minutes later my rod had another take down but this time it stuck on good and i was able to hand off the rod to Kim. He brought in a awesome 6.5 pound hatchery steelhead. We then proceeded to pick up another steelhead right after that one but this time on Kim’s rod. It was a wild hen so instead of keeping it and calling it a day less then 2 hours into fishing, Kim let it go in hopes of more fish! We got down to Casey Park and we got our final fish, luckily it was on my rod because it was a hatchery steelhead. And lately iv been really wanting to get a fin clipped one so i can smoke some up. We floated down to Rogue Elk Park with out much action when we got pass casey park. But was still a good morning very action packed for awhile there in the morning. I think Kim had a good time, he booked a trip for the next day when his relative came up to visit and i heard he did pretty good again.
We also got video of the fish from this day and Charlies wife edited up a really cool video. The first part is Kim’s nice buck, then it goes to a clip of me fighting a 10lb hatchery steelhead, then the very last clip is the fish i caught that is pictured above. Very sweet video, and you can see some of the river we float when we fish the upper rogue river. Thanks to Charlie at Fishingtherogue.com for letting me come along and fill the open seat and catch some great fish! Give Charlie a call or email if your interested in fishing the world famous Rogue River. Tell him you heard about him from my blog and you’ll get a discount!
thanks for reading, and tight lines!
The day before on the 4th, I fished with Charlie and his wife Rochelle, it was a really slow day for steelhead except for one take down that had to been at least a 15 pound steelhead. It was on for about a minute before it broke her off under a bridge. But before it had broke the leader it ran alot and jumped alot. It actually jumped completely out of the water sideways so we had a real good visual of it. Then when it did finally break the line it gave us one last look at it, when it did a victory jump. Charlie was really upset at losing such a big fish, but the big ones are hard to catch, so it happens some times. The next day he felt alot better about the whole situation and wasnt disappointed like he was the day before. We had to get back out there the next morning to get some redemption.
We had only been in the first hole 5 or so minutes and my line had only been in the water for 30 seconds when my rod started doubling over while still in my hand. I had a huge fish on! The fight only last about 15 seconds. The fish got to the surface and started thrashing around and that was the end of that as my leader snapped. I didnt check the drag on my reel as it was way too tight, lesson learned and also one of Charlies favorite plugs lost! Major bummer. About 40 minutes later my rod gets slammed again in the same hole, it felt like a real nice one. Charlie grabbed the other rod and proceeded to reel it in to get it out of the way. But when we got it in the line was tangled around mine, so he had to do some quick thinking and cut the line off of mine really quick. While this was happening my line went limp like the fish got off, but it must of been just laying in the hole chilling. Because when the line was off and i started reeling in he came back alive and started jumping in the middle of the rapid and the fight was on again! But we had to pull anchor and go after him. While we were floating down the rapid the line went limp once again and thought again that i had lost it. Moments later the fight was on again! We got anchored up at the bottom of the rapid and i fought the steelhead for a few more minutes until we were able to land him. It was a real nice wild steelhead buck, probably about 29inches and real healthy looking. We let him go after we got a quick picture or two, hopefully he found a mate and made some baby steelheads. That ended up being our only fish of the day. We floated to Casey Park twice and the second pass through big butte creek had cleared good enough to where we could of floated to Rogue Elk park. But we had to call it a short day at around 11am. Was another great day fishing with Charlie from Fishingtherogue.com If you want a good fishing trip contact Charlie and mention my name/blog for a really nice discount. Thanks for reading and tight lines!
I met up with Charlie below slide hole Thursday morning, got into the boat shortly after i slipped and fell into some mud. I got in the boat and he said he had 2 on in the morning but they both got off and both felt like real good fish, what a bummer. He said alot of boats had gone through and most with motors and they pounded the holes hard. We fished the the first hole i met him at for a bit then we made our way down river. We got to pump hole and were anchored up when a fellow guide came down and started hitting the hole below us hard with bait. Then he came to the top one last time and asked Charlie if it was cool to run plugs through one pass. This isnt very cool, but charlie is a nice guy and let him go right on top of us. Charlie then said it would be sweet if we could hook up right after he passed through the same hole as us, using the same technique, he said it would be a “burn”. And wouldnt you know we hook up as plugging down the hole, not long after we had just got done saying how cool it would be to show them up. I fought the fish for awhile, it had to been at least 7lbs and it was really bright. Most of the plugs we use have two treble hooks on them. And during the fight the hook that was in the mouth some how popped out and the other hook got caught near its cheek. This really pissed it off and it made it fight five times harder, and alot harder to bring it to the boat. I tightened the drag a couple times and did it one last final time before the fish broke me off, we could see it swim off with the plug still on it. I felt soooo bad. And i think Charlie felt worse, since it was the 3rd nice one lost in the boat that day.
A boat was behind us the whole time watching so it felt even worse, kinda embarrassing. We were just glad the boat that had jumped right in front of us didnt see me lose it haha. We were really really bummed the rest of the day. Until. Right about noon id say, we were anchored up out by Rogue Elk Park, we were eating lunch and talking when we noticed one of the rods get slammed. Charlie reeled in the other rod as i grabbed the rod out of the holder and proceeded to fight a monster! Charlie pulled anchor and took the boat to shore so we could try to land the fish easier. I fought it there for over 5 mintues id say and i couldnt really get it to come up river. So finally i told Charlie to pull anchor and lets go after him! I fought him for a few more minutes before we were able to net him, the hardest and longest fighting fish i ever caught!
It ended up being a hatchery fish! We thought it was gonna be a wild one since it was so big, but nope it was a keeper. It measured 32 inches and weighed 10lbs, it would of weighed more had it been a female fish full of eggs. It had some really awesome meat too, great color and tasty. This was our only fish for the day, but we were happy, since the morning had gone so wrong. And my personal best fish made it really special, not many fish grow to that size, and i caught one! I want to thank Charlie from Fishingtherogue.com Every time I fish with him I do really well, he knows how to put you onto the fish. He’s a great net man too 😀
thanks for reading and tight lines!
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!
Well thanks for reading! and Tight Lines to all!
Monday I met up with Charlie Steelhead Brown again. Charlie is a fishing guide and a white water guide. If you contact him about getting a fishing trip make sure you mention my blog and you will get a pretty good discount. Fishing The Rogue Guide Service. We met up before first light and were the first boat out but a couple bankies were out on the fishing deadline. A hour or two into the morning we had a take down but missed it. Then not long after we got another take down on the plugs that stuck this time. The fish ended up being an awesome bright chrome hatchery Winter Steelhead 8lbs and 30inches. A hawg! After that alot of boats with motors came down and the bite died off for us. Around 9am we were anchored up above the Crater Lake Highway bridge eating snacks and watching a fly angler on the bank. I had actually said “wouldnt it be nice to see him land one on the fly” only minutes later he hooked up with a steelhead. We watched him fight it for a minute before he yelled over at us to see if we would help him net it. Charlie is a nice guy and obliged, guess it was his first steely this year. I took his picture and told him to google me and my blog.
Charlie invited his friend Andy to come along too, but couldnt get there til a little before 10am. We didnt do alot of catching after andy got in the boat. I ended up catching my first fish while side drifting roe with yarn in the afternoon. I got 2 half pounders and my first Cutthroat trout ever, all while side drifting. Andy didnt have much luck this day, he only caught one fish a small salmon smolt, on a fly and bubble. When we got to Shady Cove near the end of the float we were pulling plugs and got one more take down on my rod. It was a little native steely we quickly released after a photo.
So i caught 2 steelhead and 3 awesome trout, the halfpounders were barely under 16 inches. Had an awesome day fishing with Fishing the Rogue Guide Service, if want a great day on the water contact Charlie. Thanks reading and Tight Lines!
I’m in a giving mood and i have a bag full of Pop-A-Top Yarn. So that means im doing my 3rd contest on this here blog! Rules are simple. Leave a comment with a link to a photo of the most beautiful fish you’ve caught to date. Dead Or Alive, I don’t care. Ill use the random number generator once again to choose the winner. And the winner will receive three packages of the finest quality yarn made in the great state of Oregon. Ill be the first one to enter just so i can show off a beautiful trout i caught last year on the Upper Fork of the Rogue River above Lost Creek Lake. I’m thinking about taking all the entry photos and putting them all into a future post. So if you dont want your picture in a future post on this blog just let me know.
Winner will be announced Saturday morning.
Thanks to to Pop-A-Top Yarn and thanks to the readers! Tight Lines
So I had been keeping my eye on craigslist for awhile. Looking for cheap fishing gear, and also a small anchor i could use on my pontoon boat. Well i found a five dollar anchor that was located in Grants Pass, not to far from Medford where I’m from. I told the guy id give him 8 $ for it if he held onto it until sunday for me. He was happy to do so i think. After buying my new 10lb anchor i headed to Galesville Reservoir. I had been there once before a few years prior, but i only fished for a couple hours from the bank then and i wasnt as serious as i am now. When i got to the lake it was perfect conditions no wind and glassy water. That changed by the time I got my pontoon boat assembled and out on the water. The wind wasnt that bad, and i think it helped with trolling. I decided to use my UL spinning rod to troll a couple flys, one was a black wolly bugger and the other fly im not familiar with. So about 10-15 minutes into trolling, im out pretty far probably the middle of the lake and i notice my rod tip doing the little dance. So i grab my rod and bring in a beatiful 14inch land locked Coho Salmon. Some people might get these fish confused with kokanee which are land locked Sockeye Salmon. This fish had absolutely wonderful meat and tasted so much better then your ordinary rainbow trout. It ended up being my only fish that i brought to the boat, i had a few other strikes that didnt stick, but i think that’s how land locked salmon fishing goes, i hear they have soft mouth’s and thats what makes the hook hard to stick i guess. Was an awesome day of fishing, conditions were great, nice and sunny and not overly windy. The only downside was being a little boat in a big lake. At one point in the afternoon a large boat that looked sea worthy, decided to drive around at full throttle. He had to be going atleast 40mph’s and the waves he created seemed like a mini tsunami to me. Thanks for reading and until next time… Tight Lines!
Iv lost my magic touch or the fish just arnt there, I thinking its the latter. As of February 23rd only 80 Winter Steelhead had made it to Cole Rivers Hatchery, the last stop for salmon and steelhead on the rogue river. So i guess the ones i had hooked in February were lucky ones. Since i fish the Upper part of the river, alot of the people dont fish up here until March and April. The spot i mainly go to is about 16 mile round trip so its easy on the gas tank. Iv been fishing the river almost daily even if its only for a few hours. Spoons are still my goto but iv added some spinners to my arsenal. I havent been taking pictures lately, usually what i base my blog posts around. Taking pictures takes up too much time, id rather have my line in the water. So with all that said I bring you two pictures from the last two trips i made to the river. The first is my fishing net, filled with trash. There was a discussion on The Oregon Fishing Forum recently that was about trash some say we shouldnt pick up after others and others including myself do pick up trash after other people.
The next picture is of a Sucker fish also known as squaw fish. This was one of the weirdest times iv brought a fish to bank. I was using a big Wyld Edge spinner when i felt something on the other end of my line. It felt like a stick at first but after a few seconds it didnt fight like a stick at all. I got my spinner to the tip on my rod and some ones line was attached to the hook. I started to pull on the line and realized there was a fish on the other end! At first i thought it was a little Steelhead, a half pounder is what they’re called on the Rogue River. It wasnt. Turned out to be a one pound 14 oz squaw fish also known as a sucker fish. It had a pink and red yarn ball stuck to his lip. Pink yarn is a popular thing to use for steelhead as it imitates eggs. So i guess the bottom feeders eat eggs too. So what i did next wasnt the most friendliest thing nor was it PETA friendly. I found a big rock right around 10lbs. And dropped it on the fishes dome. He wont be seeing any more salmon or steelhead eggs 😀
Until next time. Tight Lines!
So i was gonna pick a winner to the contest last night at midnight. But fishing the river sure wears a guy out. So i didnt get to pick a winner until i woke up this morning. And the lucky winner is Brandon Hill of Dallas Oregon. Brandon is a young enthusiastic angler, and i know this spinner will be put to good use! He even told me he might start up a fishing blog in the spring, so look forward to some small stream cutthroat trout fishing from our winner! Next contest will have some better prizes, and it will be geared toward the steelhead fishermen.
As far as fishing reports. SKUNK. Thats really all i got to say about the last four times iv been to the river. Im not gonna let that discourage me, as i know fishing for steelhead is not easy. I went to the Sportsman Show this past friday, first time iv been to one. And it wasnt bad. Four dollars for admission for a few hours of entertainment and some good deals on fishing gear well worth it in my opinion. If your wondering what i bought i got 4 packs of Zoom bass baits at 2 bucks per pack (more then half off) one Krocidile 1/4 oz spoon for 2 bucks. Some UV Yarn for steelhead (will be part of my next giveaway) Backlash Tackle shop from Grants Pass Oregon, had by far the best booth. The coolest thing i bought though was a Survival Water Bottle for $20.00 This water bottle will save me money and lighten my load when i go camping and fishing. It filtrates 500 gallons of water. The pamphlet says its great for when you visit other country’s and you cant drink the water. Ill be using it at my local rivers and lakes.
Thanks for reading and participating in my contest. Tight lines!
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I had some some stuff to do this morning so i didnt get to the Rogue River until after 330pm. The water was much clearer then the day before and the water was a little lower. I fished spoons most of the time, and even tried some weighted flies i found in the river last week. I put the flies on because i was watching so many trout or smolts rise up and eat bugs off the surface. At one point i was watching a little bug float by in the river then next thing you know a trout comes up and eats it!! All while i watched, very cool! After about an hour of fishing i got hung up with my spoon, which is very common. So i waded down stream to try to get a better angle at the snag. And i slipped once again on the rocks and took a plunge into the cold water. Called it a day after that, i was soaked! No pictures, didnt feel like taking any after i got all wet. Until next time… Tight Lines!
Wednesday i got to the river and it was brown and high. I stood there in the water for a minute or two trying to decide what i should to. Fish the choclate milk water? Walk back to the car and drive up the river and try find clear water? I decided to pick up some of the trash that had floated down with the high water. I went to some of the holes i dont fish and found a plastic bag and began to pick up mostly mono and ciggaretee butts but there was plenty of other trash too. I picked up crap for about an hour and deicided to tie on my biggest spoon and give it a go. I only tried for 15-20 mintues, it was hard getting it to the bottom. So then i left, with a bag full of trash, two cool pieces of wood that had drifted up on the bank and a neat looking rock that i think might be petrified wood.
Friday the water was much clearer but still had some color to it, also the water was still high. I fished for a few hours in the evening but had to leave 20 minutes before i wanted to. Becasue i slipped and fell in some shallow water and got really wet some how. Other then falling and getting wet wasnt a bad day at the river. Should be fishing good in a day or two or three 🙂 Tight Lines!
MEGA STEELHEAD POST!
So instead of doing three posts, im doing three reports into one post.
Friday the 11th: I got to Denman Wildlife right around 1pm and right after i got my waders on at my car, my friend Jeremy pulled up and he had his fishing buddy Joe with him, and Joe’s buddy Heath came along too, just to watch us fish and have a good time. Joe hooked a nice little hatchery steelhead on his first cast surprisingly. I brought my net this so time, so i got to use it right away. It was a wild spawned out summer steelhead that had one eye. It was probably swimming downstream on its way back to the ocean. But since it was over 24 inches Joe decided to keep it. No one else caught a steelhead that day but i caught plenty of prehistoric rock fish on the botttom of the river. Ended up losing more spoons then id like to remember. But overall wasnt a bad day at the river met some cool folks and i got to watch a steelhead get caught.
Sunday the 13th. I pulled up to the parking lot of Denman in the afternoon and noticed more cars then usual, so i was kinda hoping there wouldnt be a bunch of people fishing my favorite hole. I was surprised when i got to my hole that no one was fishing there. So i fished the hole with various spoons for about 3-4 hours before i felt that magic tug. This steelhead shot out of the water like a rocket right after taking my spoon. And shortly after was unhooked and on its way up the river to spawn. The only time this little wild steelhead was out of the water was the one it jumped, i took special care to keep the fish in the water while i released it, so no pictures of this fish. I fished with and talked to many anglers that day and no other steelhead were caught except for a boat that floated by they said they had some luck. Another great day was had and was topped off with a fish about 4 hours into it. Met alot of people and everyone has been really friendly and helpful. Sundays have been good the past 2 weeks.
Valentines Day. Monday i got a call from my friend Louis. He said he missed work and fished all morning at a few different spots along the river and had no luck. So when i got to his house to pick him up to go back to the river at around 3 in the afternoon, he had decided he was too tired to go back and give it another go at the river. Around that time i was contemplating whether i should go fishing or not, then i got a call from Jeremy saying that his son Aaron and his buddy Dillon were down there fishing. So i said my good byes and was on my way to the Rogue River at the Denman Wildlife area. So when i got there i only had a couple hours left of day light, so i cut off the spoon that was tied on and put on a chartreuse and silver spoon on that i thought might be good. I had made probably about five casts when i got a strike, and like the last couple steehead i hooked into this one was another acrobatic steelhead. The thing with spoons is when the fish hits it they really hit it. Unlike drift fishing where its hard to tell the differnce from a bite and tapping the bottom. Spoon fishing is either a snag or a fish, no mistaking the bite, at least this is my understanding of it from the little time iv been spoon fishing for steelhead. Aaron and Dillon ran over to where i was and had grabbed my net, and they waited for me to bring the fish over to them so they could net it. The fish got close to them probably about five times and each time when it close it would make a run and peel a bunch of line. Well finally Aaron was able to net it and i got to tag another fish! This one went for 7lbs and 2 oz, the length of this Wild Rogue River buck was 28 inches. After bleeding and tagging the fish i wasnt too excited to keep on fishing, did alot of talking with some other anglers that came by. Gave some pointers to Aaron and i let him use the spoon i caught the steelhead on. No one else caught a steelhead that i seen. Guess im starting to get either good at fishing spoons or really lucky, either way im a very happy guy. Tight Lines!
Tuesday i arrived in the afternoon around 1pm, once again to the Denman Wildlife area. On this day i used a new product from Eagle Claw, some mono line called Bioline. I guess it’s 100% biodegradable, regular mono takes hundreds of years to decompose, and on the packaging of Bioline it says it only takes 5 years for bioline to decompose. On facebook they did a little give-a-way and i happen to win, so i choose the 10lb line so i could try it out in the river for Steelhead. The line worked great, has alot of stretch to it and not a whole lot of memory. But if you do happen to break off the line becomes very frail and you have to cut off a few feet. I probably should of got the 12lb because of all the snags where iv been fishing at. I fished my spoons the entire time, my sisters boyfriend came down later in the evening to try for a bit with spinners, their kids also tried some some spoons and spinners. No one from my party caught anything. But the fellow fishing right up river from us, only about 50 yards away caught 4, three of which i seen caught. I guess he was using some kind of nymph fly and bobber. Im gonna have to give that a try some time soon 😀
Wednesday i fished the same spot the guy in the photos above caught his fish at the day before. But my luck was the same as the two days before i didnt catch anything nor did i see anyone else catch any. Although my fishing buddy and his son came down for a hour or two before it got dark, and Jeremy had one on for a little bit, he said it was a 2-3lber but after a few head shakes it got off. I used spoons, spinners, and jigs with a bobber that day. I had a couple bobber downs but im not sure if they were fish or not, still learning on how to fish steelhead jigs. I only took 4 photos the past two days mostly because if your taking pictures your line isnt in the water where the fish are. So ill leave you with the only picture i took yesterday. Im almost positive that’s Jeremy in the photo, if not its his son Aaron. Great guys to fish with. Until next time… Tight Lines!
I arrived at Denman Wildlife area around 1pm and fished hard for about three and a half hours before i started getting cold from the wind and my wet waders. I went to my car for some snacks and to listen to my favorite radio program for a bit. Went back to the river and the sun was starting to go behind some clouds so i took some pictures, might aswell catch a cool photo if i cant catch a fish. My friend George and his son came not too long after and started fishing with me until dark. No one caught anything. But was still a great day on the Rogue River. Tight Lines
Sunday i wanted to kill my skunk, not literally for those that dont know fishing lingo. The day before i made some modifications to my pontoon boat. Installed two rod holders and a basket for extra storage. So i really wanted to get out on the water and give my new additions a try. I got to Applegate lake shortly after noon, there were only 2 other boats on the water, another toon, and a drift boat. The water is really low, i think the lake is at around 20% full. The guy in his toon was fly fishing and said he caught a few smaller trout. Like usually at applegate lake you could see the trout surfacing and jumping. I fished with spoons and spinners mainly, floated power eggs off the bottom for a little and tried some under a bobber as well. And… The skunk lives on. Had some bites but nothing to the boat. I let the wind blow me a good ways across the lake near the campground, i pulled my boat up on shore and did some bank fishing there. I then had to row into the wind all the way back to where i put in at. This was not fun. I guess i should of taken my toon out to a smaller body of water since i hadnt been out rowing since November 5th. Also a anchor would been nice, gonna look into buying/making one. I ended my day by scouting out a few places along the Applegate River to do some steelhead fishing at in the weeks coming. Until next time… Tight Lines!
Thursday i wanted to do some fishing but also wanted stay kinda local, so i decided to bass fish the Denman Ponds. The first couple ponds are so small and shallow that they probably dont hold any bass. The next of ponds down the road are nice sized and i hadnt fished them in a long time 10 plus years. I threw a yum dinger worm for a bit then tossed a floating rappala, no bites, probably because its cold out. I then went to the other side of the pond to check things out, and while crossing a flooded part of the trail, i lost my balance and stepped into the water, should of had my waders on. I ended up checking out a pond id never seen before then i headed down the road to the Rogue River just to check out the water level and to pick up some beer cans and stuff. While on my way back to my car i spotted a container under a shrub and did some investigating. I found a lock tight Tupperware container that had kid toys and a bar a soap in it, also there was a pen and a small notepad. Turned out this container was a Geo-Cache. Id heard about these things before on tv and hadnt given it much thought until i stumbled upon this one. Its actually kinda cool. Might use my friends GPS to find some more in the future. I signed my name to the notepad, and also added the url to this blog and put my old car air freshener in the container and put it back where i found it under some leafs. I then took a trail id never been on, it follows Little Butte Creek. Turns out theres plenty of places to fish along this trail. Im gonna bring my trout gear next time and give the creek a try. Its lure and fly only, C&R of trout, except for no limit on brookie. And you can keep fin-clipped steelhead. Sounds good to me! Enjoy the pictures and Tight Lines!!!
I went down to the river again today, but this time to Denman Wildlife/Tueville area. Its a short ride to this part of the river, only about 7 miles away. The river was really high as i expected it would, water clarity was about a foot or less. I tried to fish my spoons at a few spots along the river, i even tried drifting a warm i found in the water. The water was much too high to be effectively fishing, i guess thats why i was the only one out there fishing today. Oh Well, it was a great day for photos…Until next time. Tight Lines!
Me and the river met once again but this time exclusively at the Cheif Hole on the far side of Mcgregor Park. I threw just spoons, as im trying to get just this one technique down before trying to learn others. The river was up a little bit from the day before, i wasnt getting snagged on the bottom near as much. I think they were letting extra water out of the dam for some reason. I borrowed a camera until i find out if mine still works, it was off when it took a swim, so im hoping it’ll be good to go. So ill leave you with two pictures of the cheif hole. Next time is looking good though, gonna try different less pressured areas. I cant wait to feel a fish on the new rod. Until then…..Tight Lines!
Monday I got up and decided to fish the Rogue River in hopes of a Steelhead. The only fishable water right now that isnt too high and brown, is up in between Big Butte Creek and the fish hatchery, approximately 28 miles away from Medford where I live. I got to the Bridge hole around 10am and started tossing my spoons. Didnt hook anything but i snagged some ones old line and a gold little cleo was on the other end, score! I fished on a old bridge pillar for awhile before deciding go to up river and try a different hole. Before leaving that pillar though i took out a plastic grocery bag and started picking up all the worm containers a monofilament that was all over the hole i was at. I probably picked up atleast a couple thousands yards of mono and a dozen worm containers, but digging through all that trash i found another spoon and some hooks and swivels and also about a dollars worth of beer cans. I then walked up the river to the Cheif Hole. When i got there i heard some one from across the river yell ” is that you Thobbit Shane?” I yelled back it is I Throbbit Shane. Throbbit Shane is my screen name over at the Oregon Fishing Forum and also a few other websites. Shortly after I met Chad aka The Salmon Kid from OFF and his fishing buddy David, they’re nice kids and i look forward to seeing them on the river again. Me and david threw spinners at the Cheif Hole for awhile i even watched him throw a steelhead jig with no float. They took off after about a hour and i headed to my car not long after they left to go eat lunch. After eating lunch and listening to a little talk radio i drove up to the hatchery. There were about 6 fly anglers standing in the water, and before i got to the water i watched one land a real nice steelhead. I fished below them for a bit with spoons and jigs with out any luck, but the water was much shallower there. Around 4 i decided to try a different spot once again. Casey State Park was my destination, its below the bridge hole and also below where Big Butte Creek dumps into the Rogue River, so the river is a little brown there. I tromped around in the water there until dark tossing spoons. When it was starting to become a little difficult to see i began walking back to where my tackle was on shore and some how my digital camera jumped out of its case that was around my neck, the case was unfortunately unzipped, and luckily the camera didnt get swept down stream. I have the camera in a bowl of rice right now, the rice is supposed absorb the moisture. The photos were saved and im waiting to find out if the camera is ok. but other then that i had a great 7 hours on the river. tight lines!
The next day after catching that beatiful Steelhead, i decided i needed a new steelhead rod. I went to Bi-mart and bought a 9’6 Okuma Celilo. It’s a very affordable rod at $50, and apparently part of the proceeds goto the NorthWest Sportfishing Industry Association (NSIA). Thursday i went back to the spot i caught my steelhead two days earlier. But on this day the Rogue River didnt look the same, I noticed right away it was high, brown, and raging. I reluctantly stepped into the brown water, two days earlier i could see where i was stepping. Casting my spoon ended up with some type of debris on my hook almost every cast. After about a half hour i decided to leave and go up river where its alot calmer near the dam. I went up to Casey State Park and the water was much nicer but still had some brown to it. I fished up there for a couple hours until it got dark. Didnt have any luck, but did catch a snag and the bottom a few times 😀 until next time… Tight Lines!
A new report!!! I hadnt gone fishing since Dec. 5th and that was only for a hour or so, up in Eugene at a private pond for bass, it was too cold! Tuesday the 11th I needed to get out and do some fishing to get my mind off of the Ducks losing the National Championship. The day before I went to the department of fish and wildlife to turn in my blank 2010 steelhead/salmon tags and to get a key to the Denman Wildlife Area. The Denman Wildlife is a primarily hunting place for ducks and other birds, but there are also a bunch of warmwater ponds, and at the end of the dirt road is the Rogue River, right where Little Butte Creeks dumps in. Unfortunately my batteries died before i got to the river, but i did get some pictures of a couple helicopters doing some kind of practice, and one photo of a pond.
The photo above is one of the ponds, ill fish it this spring/summer for bass. I got down to the river around 230pm and started fishing spoons and jigs near little bute creek. I fished there for a bit and decided to move down the river, i have no idea how to read the water so i just kinda fished it all. At one point a steelhead ran up the river like a pissed off rocket, for a moment i thought i had hooked it with my spoon. I fished a few more different spots until i ended up where Denman Willdlife and Touville State Park meet. I fished there for about 15 minutes before i hooked into my first steelhead in over ten years!! The rod i was using was my dads from the early 90’s, a stiff red Abu Garcia and i had my drag set real tight so i just horsed it in. When i got my first look at and seen it had no fin that’s when i really got excited and walked up the beach and drug it up pretty far. Got my pocket knife out and cut the gills, made a few calls to brag. Then on my next cast i lost the Little Cleo spoon i was using, and for those wondering it was a 2/5 oz Mostly white with a little bit of red. While fishing I had no expectations of catching a steelhead, i primarily wanted to try out the new reel i bought recently a Shimano Symetre. And like the first time i took my pontoon boat out this past summer i had good luck!! A beatiful bright 5lb 26inch hatchery steelhead hen is whats for dinner tonight! It was a great day on the water topped off with a great fish. One thing that made it a even more specail day was i seen no one on the river except for a otter and some birds. Thanks for reading and tight lines to everyone!