Started the week out fishing the South Umpqua, but moved to the Coquille and Lower Rogue later in the week due to the raising water conditions on the South Umpqua from the snow melt. Steelhead fishing continues to be excellent. The Lower Rogue produced and average of 4-9 fish days, while on the Coquille, Bill had hooked 8 and landed 5 before noon, with the biggest going 15 lbs.

Forecast for this years Spring Chinook Salmon run is expected to be one of the biggest in 7 years. They are expecting a run of over 1.7 million Spring Salmon returning to the West Coast! The first Spring Salmon for the season was already caught in Gold Beach this past week!

Fishing on the South Umpqua continues to be good, averaging 5-10 fish days. Still not being able to break the 20 lb barrier, the big fish of the week weighed in at 18 lbs caught by Ron Hall of Chico. Looking to fish the Lower Rogue River along with the Coquille River next week, depending on the weather and river conditions.

Well it took a while for the rain to come, but when it did, the fish came charging up the rivers. Fishing the Coquille and South Umpqua River we’ve had some fantastic days. We are averaging 6-12 fish days with an average weight of 10 lbs and the biggest going 18 lbs.

With more rain in the forecast, the fishing should only continue to improve as long as the rivers levels remain fishable

Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Holidays!
The Urie family would like to thank everyone for a wonderful 2011 season.

My apologies for not updating the fishing report for quite some time. Let me summarize what took place for the remainder of the Fall Salmon season. The RogueBay never really got going, and this led us to fish a majority of the time upriver for the Kings.

On Derby Day, our very own Debi Urie landed a 31 lbs. Chinook Salmon, good enough for 3rd place in the women’s division. She was fishing with her son, Bill Jr. Way to go!

Whether it was the higher water flows, cooler water temperature, the removal of the dams upriver, or all of the above, the Kings didn’t stay in the Bay very long. This provided some excellent side drifting for Salmon upriver. Most days we were averaging near limits to limits. It ended up to be one of the best Fall Seasons we’ve had in years.

We are now running a few canyon trips, and possibly a trip on the Chetco for their short Salmon season. After that, some much needed R & R, and then we’ll be getting ready for the Winter Steelhead Season!

One of the great things about fishing for Fall Chinook’s at the coast, is you have options. Whether your trolling the Bay, or side drifting up river. Bill will do whatever it takes to get those Salmon.

A great example of how good things can be at the coast. On Monday, one group goes up river and gets their limits, while another party books a half day in the bay for the afternoon, they hook three, and land a 38 lbs King!

Most of the fish are running between 15 – 28 lbs, mix in a few Jacks, and you have a cooler full of fish. The Bay continues to be up and down, but hopefully things will turnaround as the Salmon Derby approaches.

Well “The Boys” and even a few “Girls” came into town, a little earlier than usual for their annual Fall Chinook Trip on the Lower Rogue River, but they weren’t disappointed.

Fishing in the bay remained slow, so the call for the next two days was up river to try and hook into these moving schools of Salmon. It was the right call, as they were sixteen for eighteen with a mixed bag of Steelhead (“Wild” released unharmed), Jacks (Salmon under 24 inches) and Adult Salmon. The big fish of the bunch was a beautiful 28 lbs Fall Chinook caught on light spinning tackle with 8 lbs. test line. Talk about a battle!

Salmon continue to move into the bay, and as the water temperature begins to warm with the weather, the Salmon should begin to stack up in the bay. Keeping an eye on both upriver and the bay, we will fish wherever the fish are biting

Well we capped off a very successful spring season by landing nine Spring Salmon over the weekend, now it’s off to the coast for the start of the fall run Chinooks.

Fishing out on the coast has been a little slow as the fall run seems to be running late. The few boats going out have been getting a few Salmon here and there. Bill will be out at the coast through September, so we’ll keep everyone posted

Springer fishing on the Upper Rogue River continues to be very good. In fact you could say it’s been out of this World! (Pun intended). This week, Bill was lucky enough to fish with Mike, Dave and retired NASA Astronaut and Space Shuttle Captain Ken Rominger.

Most days we are averaging five Salmon per day, and they’re in beautiful shape, running between 15 – 25 lbs with a few going over 30 lbs! We will continue to fish the Upper Rogue River as long as the fishing continues to be good. We are keeping an eye on the coast and will soon be heading over to the coast by the end of the month. It’s always hard to leave good fishing.

Spring Salmon fishing continues to be good on the Upper Rogue River. We are averaging three to five fish per day, with an average weight of 18 lbs. With the regulation changing as of July 1, anglers are able to keep one “Wild” Salmon too.

At the coast, the first signs of the Fall Salmon run are starting to show. An early report of a 40 lbs Chinook being caught, maybe a great sign for things to come.

Bill will be heading out to the coast soon, so for those of you who still wish to catch Spring Salmon this season, don’t wait too long, fishing is still good, but time is running out.

Congratulations to Lyn H. of Walnut Creek, CA. She is the winner of a free day at the coast fishing for Fall Chinooks. Thank you to everyone who registered their email addresses with us, and we hope to see you soon!

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