FALL CHINOOK on the Rogue River
The Fall Chinook Salmon, also known as “Kings”, are larger than their counterpart “Springers”. They average 20-25 pounds, with a good mix of 30-40 pounders and, on rare occasion, a 50+ pound lunker. YeeeHaaa!
We begin fishing the lower Rogue and Coquille by jetboat in July and August, moving up and into the Agness and Myrtle Point areas during the month of September. We also pursue these same fish by drift boat in the Grants Pass and Gold Hill area, their spawning grounds, in late August and all of September.
Once the fall rains arrive, usually around the end of October or the beginning of November, we move to the Chetco, Elk and Sixes Rivers in our driftboats. Theses smaller, shorter coastal streams are a delight and produce many of our biggest and brightest “Kings”. Back-bouncing roe and Kwickfish plugs are our weapons of choice. This superb fishery continues to late December when river conditions allow.
When: August through December
Cost per day for jetboat: $300 for one person, $400 for 2, $500 for 3, $600 for 4
Cost: per day for driftboat: $300 for one, $400 for two – lodging and meals extra
10% discount for second and each subsequent day of fishing
Visit the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife to download an Angling Mail Order Application