Compiled by M.R.S. member Bill Rice and additional reports courtesy of Bill Karr, Editor, Northern California/Oregon Western Outdoor News.
North Coast Rivers
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.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.— A few late spring salmon are being caught each day near the Willows and Elephant Rock, although fishing has slowed. Rain last week cooled the river temperature from 66 degrees to 58 degrees, which will prevent any fish from holding in the bay. Flows are down to 6,140 cfs. Anglers have yet to report any summer steelhead near Agness.
ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass to Shady Cove, Ore.— Most anglers are working the waters below and upriver to the dam for occasional summer salmon catches on plugs tipped with roe or nightcrawlers. Only an occasional salmon is caught in the Grants Pass area, said Troy Whitaker U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. More summer steelhead are showing up now. Trout anglers continue to score well at Selmac, Applegate and Lost Creek lakes. Most catches are made on trolled wedding rings or garlic tipped Fire Baits. Bass anglers are picking up some fish at all three lakes on Senkos.
RUSSIAN RIVER — According to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville, the river is flowing at 410 cfs and clear. “Shad fishing has slowed dramatically in the Guerneville area, with only a couple being caught in the morning and evenings,” he said. “The seasonal dams will be going in on the 15th, so if you plan to target shad your best option will be at Monte Rio Beach. The bass action is picking up, with even a few stripers being caught in the mix. I have heard of striped bass up to 10 pounds being caught, but mostly small schoolie-sized ones.
KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook — Flows held steady at 1,800 cfs all week. The water is still on the high side, although the edges are fishable.
KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp — Flows at Seiad Valley were 4,480 cfs on Sunday. Flows near Orleans were 8,830 cfs. The river is still high for steelhead and trout.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen — The river was down to 18,000 cfs over the weekend, its lowest level of the season. A few more springers were caught last week. Fishing for surfperch has been good at the mouth. Some guides said they will start steelhead trips next week. The Klamath is open to spring king salmon through Aug. 14.
TRINITY RIVER — Flows on the upper Trinity at Lewiston dropped from 3,900 cfs last week to 3,210 cfs over the weekend. They are expected to be down to 2,500 cfs by mid-June. The river is still high for spring salmon fishing, but should be fishable within the next couple of weeks. Flows at Douglas City were 3,500 cfs, while flows at Hoopa were 5,460 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