After finally receiving some much needed rain the last few weeks, the Rogue came up enough to draw the first winter steelhead into the upper stretches. After taking our time and grabbing some breakfast, the girlfriend and I put the boat in at the hatchery at the bright and early time of 11:30. There were a lot of bankies out, and the shuttle lady let me know that there were also quite a few boats that had put in early. We had to float by a lot of productive water due to the crowds, but finally found a spot unoccupied by anyone on the bank. It didn’t take long before one of the plug rods buried, and Savannah reeled in her first steelhead ever.
She followed that one up shortly after with a smaller one that we released. For a quick 3 hour float it wasn’t too bad, especially fishing behind the crowd. Both of our fish fell to Mag Lip 3.5’s.
Just like the rest of the state we’re getting another big rain event today that has the river on a fast rise. When it drops back into shape it should be game on for the rest of the season. With 70 degree weather in the forecast as well, March is shaping up to be a great month.