Compiled by M.R.S. member Bill Rice and additional reports courtesy of Bill Karr, Editor, Northern California/Oregon Western Outdoor News.
CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.— The Chetco opens this week to fishing, although only sea-run cutthroat trout will be available until fall. Salmon generally don’t arrive until early September. Cutthroat will hit spinners or spoons. The upper tidewater area fishes best, according to WON Staffer Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.— Spring salmon fishing has been fair between Gold Beach and Agness, with a handful of fish being caught daily near Elephant Rock and Canary Riffle. Flows Sunday at Agness were 6,980 cfs, with a water temperature of 60 degrees. Wild salmon can be kept beginning June 1.
ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass to Shady Cove, Ore.— Springer fishing has been fairly good in the Shady Cove and Grants Pass area, said guide Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. The best action has been on back-bounced roe or sand shrimp, or MagLip plugs wrapped with sardine or tuna fillets. River trout fishing opened again on May 22. Lake fishing for rainbows continues to be very good at Selmac, Applegate and Lost Creek lakes, with anglers using nightcrawlers on a slip sinker rig, or Pautztke’s Fire Balls, or trolling with Wedding rings.
California’s North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFG’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa.
RUSSIAN RIVER — Shad run is in gear here, and anglers are doing best in the evenings using shad darts or shad flies. Smallmouth bass action is improving with the warming weather and water.
KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook — The Klamath River remains blown out on the entire upper stretch. Flows over the weekend from Iron Gate Dam were 2,790 cfs.
KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp — Flows at Seiad Valley were 7,070 cfs on Sunday. Flows near Orleans were 15,900 cfs. The river is blown out for steelhead and trout.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen — Spring salmon fishing has been slow. Flows over the weekend were 30,000 cfs. The Klamath is open to spring king salmon through Aug. 14.
TRINITY RIVER — High water from the spring runoff has kept the Trinity unfishable from top to bottom. Flows over the weekend at Lewiston were 4,490, and 5,000 cfs at Junction City. Flows at Hoopa were 9,040 cfs.
Middle Rogue Steelheaders member guides:
Adam Boatsman, 541-890-6546
Brandon McGraw, 541-251-0083
Charlie Brown, 541-326-9486
Dale Harper, 541-228-4463
Daniel Schrock, 541-476-6407
Geoff Baldwin, 541-474-0602
Harold Hanson, 541-761-4115
Jesse Blair. 541-660-9657
Jon Geyer, 541-292-6850
Marques Freeman, 541-660-2283
Matt Judkins, 541-6621-8851
Mike Walker, 541-955-0398
Rob Yuen, 541-479-2296
Springer’s Guide Service, 541-430-1565
Steve Dean, 541-862-2771
Troy Whitaker’s Guide Service, 541-761-0015