Originally Posted by jbird
Fred, has the removal of Gold Ray dam changed the run timing that much? Mid March used to be absolutely prime time. In fact I never wasted much time on the upper Rogue til March 1 and it went all the way thru mid April.
Good question Jay, and no one really knows at this point. Only 'fish counter' was at Gold Ray and that's gone. So only other check point is the hatchery numbers and these would all be 'plants.' (I'd guess.) The one good point is another 15 miles of river have been opened up for spawning grounds; Mom Nature is now in control.
And She can be a fickle Mistress .....
Hatchery phone number: 800 4722434. This gives the dam out flow and you can do the on line search for the flow guages down stream from there.
My best guess is it will take 4 or 5 generations (4 year cycle) to get the Nat's really back up and running (no bad pun intended). But the one good thing about this shot of high water is it will really clean up the silt that backed up behind the old dam site.
Fish/Redd's in the main stem may have issues due to the high flows but these are not 'one time events' and the fish tend to take care of themselves spawning in all the feeder streams that flow into the Rogue. Which is where most of them are at this point (good guess given the time of the year).
Only fish (I know of), in large numbers, that 'free spawn' in the main river are the Fall King Salmon. Amazing to watch these fellows/ladies 'do 'there' thing.' (Pun intended.) Once you find their historic spawning beds its amazing to watch these guys/gals, with little exception they come back to the same gravel patches.
Leave these things alone and wade VERY CAREFULLY!
See a 'clean gravel' bottom .... DON'T GO THERE!
Summer runs will stack up below chomping on free floating eggs.
Find these and fishing below can be a total hoot.