Oregon Steelhead Fishing

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Hann Lee with Average Size Winter Steelhead About 8#

Southern Oregon Steelhead Fishing

Returns of Oregon Steelhead to Southern Oregon rivers exceed all other Winter Steelhead rivers. Mild weather and good angling conditions blend with large healthy runs of winter steelhead. Populations of wild winter Steelhead far out number hatchery Steelhead returns.

Almost all Winter Steelhead fishing is done from either shore or using Drift Boats except on the Rogue River where Jet Powered Boats are also used.

 

 

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Chetco River Steelhead Fishing

Chetco River located near Brookings Oregon:

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Chetco River Steelhead Fishing

January through March:

The Chetco River provides some of the most productive Oregon Winter Steelhead fishing to be found. The Chetco River Winter Steelhead run 8 to 15 pounds in size with many in the 20-pound class caught every year. The Chetco River has very good Steelhead bank fishing access through out its 20 miles of accessible fishing area. Winter Steelhead populations on the Chetco River are about 50% hatchery stocks with a 20,000 fish or higher winter Steelhead return annually. The Chetco River leads the state in angler success with Steelhead fishing done both from Drift Boats or Bank Fishing
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Lower Rogue River Steelhead Fishing

Near Gold Beach Oregon

December through March:

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Limit of Rogue River Steelhead – Steve Beyerlin Guide

Best bets for Rogue River Steelhead fishing occurs in the lower 35 miles of the river. Great Winter Steelhead fishing is available to both bank fishermen and boat users. For Rogue Bank Fishing style is nearly all plunking with great success had from gravel bars at Ferry Hole, High Banks, Coyote Bar, High Banks, Huntley Park, Lobster Creek, Dunkleberger Bar and Squaw Bar. Boats are either Jet Boats which will anchor on inside corners with plugs in shallow water or drift roe from Drift Boats in the Agness area 30 to 37 miles upriver. Huge numbers of winter Steelhead surge into the Rogue River daily, making there way up the shoreline many times in no more than 2 foot of water. Hard moving winter Steelhead will avoid deep heavy water to conserve energy for their 150-mile journey up stream to the Middle and Upper Rogue River to spawn. Estimates of 125,000 to 200,000 returning Winter Steelhead, of these less than 10% are hatchery origin.

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Middle Rogue River Steelhead Fishing

Near Grants Pass Oregon

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Middle Rogue River Steelhead Fishing

January through March:

The Middle Rogue River Winter Steelhead fishing region is some of the states best. This is the area most of the winter Steelhead run returns to spawn. Winter Steelhead will access every tributary stream they can get into with the Applegate River taking 20,000 or more Winter Steelhead by its self. Fishing from the confluence of the Applegate and Rogue River down stream is going to get the Steelhead fisherman in front of most of the winter steelhead run. Drift Boats are used here to drift fish roe and pull plugs. There is some bank fishing access, but it is limited.

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Upper Rogue River Steelhead Fishing

Near Medford Oregon

January through March:

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18# Winter Steelhead Caught Fly Fishing

Upper Rogue River Steelhead fishing is in an area where the Rogue River is not as big and the water color runs clearer. Steelhead fishing here gets better as the season goes along and as sunlight warms the cold Rogue River waters. Late February and March is best as river has begun to warm and Steelhead move more freely. Drift Boats are used here mostly with some stretches accessible by Jet Boats. Bank fishing areas are more numerous also. Back Trolling plugs and Drifting Roe are still the main methods, some Steelhead fly fishing opportunities are also found.

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Applegate River Steelhead Fishing

Near Grants Pass, Oregon

February and March:

20,000 plus Winter Steelhead enter the smaller Applegate River which gives Steelhead fishermen a real opportunity for success. The Applegate River is a small river with mostly private property, however there are fishing access areas and with 20,000 returning Winter Steelhead your chances are good. This area is a best bet for Steelhead Fly Fishing.

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Elk & Sixes River Steelhead Fishing

Near Port Orford Oregon

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10# Elk River Steelhead

January through March:

The Elk & Sixes River Steelhead run is a native run with a few Chetco  hatchery Steelhead strays. In the Sixes River fishing is for all Wild Steelhead. Both the Elk River and Sixes River have nice runs of wild Steelhead. The Elk River and Sixes River are pleasant rivers to Steelhead fish with little bank fishing access.

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Coquille River Steelhead Fishing

Coquille River near Myrtle Point Oregon

January through March:

Coquille River Steelhead fishing  can be great. The Coquille River carries a lot of sediment load in the winter and tracking water turbidity and stream levels are important to successful Steelhead fishing. Bank fishing is limited.

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Umpqua River Steelhead Fishing

Near Roseburg and Canyonville

January through March:

The Umpqua River probably produces more 20-pound Winter Steelhead than any other Oregon or California stream. Bank and boat fishing are both popular here. There are three locations of Steelhead fishing. The North Umpqua River, the South Umpqua River and the Main Umpqua River (main stem) each with its own character and timing.

The hotspot is the South Umpqua near Canyonville which has a great hatchery Steelhead return.

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Smith River Ca. Steelhead Fishing

Near Crescent City California

January through March:

The Smith River is California’s best Steelhead fishing river. Smith River Steelhead can reach in to the low 20-pound class with most Smith River Steelhead going 8 to 15 pounds. A beautiful drifting stream with lots of Winter Steelhead fishing surrounded by the Redwood National Park.

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