Mile by Mile Map from the Humbug Mountain State Park to Pistol River State Scenic View Point

310.7 mile marker is a viewpoint with beach access to the rocky shore below. The fishing for rockfish should be good for those with the energy to hike down to the rocky shore to fish for them.

313.6 Arizona Pond at the Arizona Beach State Recreation Area is a small pond stocked with catchable rainbow trout. However fishing is restricted to children under the age of 17.

Arizona beach offers excellent fishing for redtail surfperch and is open to anglers of all ages. Travel directions from Gold Beach, drive 15 miles north on Hwy 101 to Arizona State Park Recreation Area. From Port Orford, drive approximately 15 miles south on Hwy 101.

313.8 Prehistoric Gardens is located on Hwy 101 on the Southern Oregon Coast, halfway between Gold Beach and Port Orford.

314.1 Sisters Rock is accessed by driving down to the beach with a 4 wheel drive vehicle or by parking at the pullout and walking to the fishing area. The fishing should be good for all species.

316.6 Ophir Beach at Euchre Creek has a renowned reputation for redtail surfperch.

317.0 Euchre Creek supports a small population of Chinook salmon.

Steelhead returning to Euchre Creek: Euchre Creek muddies slowly, and clears quickly. Like all south coast streams, Euchre Creek has a good wild steelhead run. Bank access to Euchre Creek is all through private property, but bank anglers who ask are generally allowed access to fish. This creek is too small and brushy for boats. Most anglers use roe, cast spinners or fly fish.

Cutthroat Trout by ODFW. The creek flows from small coastal streams entering the ocean often are obstructed by the annual movement of beach sand hendering the entry of salmonids on their migration upstream to spawn. The condition persists until the increased stream flow from seasonal rainfall clears the sediment from the mouth of the streams allowing the upstream of migrating salmonids and the outward migration of smolts into the ocean to occur.

317.0 Cedar Bend Golf Course is located via: Depart Euchre Creek Rd toward Coy Creek Rd. Bear right onto Coy Creek Rd, and then keep straight onto Ophir Rd. Turn left onto Cedar Valley Rd to the Cedar Bend Golf Course.

317.8 mile marker is the location of a viewpoint.

318.2 mile marker is the location of a viewpoint.

319.0 mile marker is the location of a Rest Stop.

320.9 Nesika Beach is a renowned location to fish for redtail surfperch. Redtail surfperch are the dominate perch species found along the sandy beaches from Nesika Beach to Cape Ferrelo Turn west onto Old Coast Highway then turn immediately right to only public access to the beach near the end of the old highway. Parking is limited to the side of the old highway.

324.0 The Old Coast Highway is the access to Otter Point State Wayside and Bailey’s Beach. Travel on the gravel road to Otter Point State Wayside is not recommended for travel trailers or RVs. Follow the trail to the beach. The fishing for redtail surfperch is excellent. Bailey’s Beach is listed by ODFW as a location to dig razor clams. Motor vehicles are allowed on the beach from Otter Point south to Meyer’s Creek.

326.3 mile marker is the location of an access to the Old Coast Road and the north jetty of the Rogue River Estuary.

327.0 mile marker is the location of the community of Wedderburn and the access road to the north jetty of the Rogue River Estuary. Libby Pond is located approximately 8 miles up the North Bank Rogue River Road and will be stocked prior to Free Fishing Weekend June 7-8 with 5,000 legal-sized trout and some trophy trout. Anglers are reminded that Libby Pond is private and no boats are allowed.

327.0 Baily Beach an excellent location to fish for redtail surfperch and dig for razor clams is approximately 3 miles long. Baily's Beach is located immediately north of the North Jetty. Most noted for the fact that you can drive your vehicle on it, this beach is also the closest beach to the Rogue Reef, which offers incredible views.

Access to Bailey Beach is easy:

•You can access from the Rogue River north jetty.

•You can access south of Rogue Shores via either vehicle or by foot.

•You can access north of Rogue Shores from several paths that lead to the beach. There is ample parking at each trailhead.

•You can access Bailey Beach by hiking on the Oregon Coast Trial south from Otter Point. The Oregon Coast Trail drops down to the beach at the north end. Bailey Beach can also be very pleasantly viewed from Otter Point. There is amble parking at Otter Point.

Access from the Rogue Shore community is discouraged. Public access is more appropriate either north or south of Rogue Shores.

327.3 Rogue River Estuary.

The Rogu River is longest coastal river originating within Oregon, while the length of its tidal reach is one of the shortest. The catch rate for spring and fall Chinook is the highest or any of Oregon’s coastal rivers ranging from low of 2000 to highs exceeding 15000 fish. The Rogue River bar is one of the easier bars to cross.

The Coast Guard maintains a seasonal lifeboat station in the boat basin from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Click on the Oregon State Marine Board and click on Water Levels/Navigation listed under the column Safety and Education. Click on Rogue River Bar located under the column, Coastal Bar Chartlettes. The interactive PDF file webpage describes the navigational hazards that boaters encounter when crossing the Coquille River Bar.

NOAA's Bar Observation Website for Oregon's Bays. Check the NOAA Bar Observations website for updated closures and restrictions.

Tidal Conditions: The following underlined areas describe some of the dangerous tidal conditions affecting safe boating in the jetty channel or when crossing the bar at the Rogue River Bay as listed on the Web Page for Oregon State Marine Board at www.boatoregon.com.

Shoal water, south side. Along the south side of the Rogue River channel are shoal water and gravel bars. This shoal water breaks to a height of six feet when a swell is running. Many boaters fishing inside the river or trolling between the jetties find themselves set into this dangerous area by northwest winds. If a vessel breaks down in the channel and is not anchored, the northwest wind and ebb tide will set it into this dangerous area within a matter of minutes.

Point of Interest: the shoaling at the mouth of the Rogue River Estuary prior to the construction of the jetties on the Rogue and Chetco would create lagoons in low water years that served a nurseries for salmon smolts and a barrier for salmon migrating up-river to spawn. Today the entrance to the Rogue River Estuary is subject to the shoaling that use to close the mouth of the estuary prior to the construction of the jetties.

Outer end, north jetty. Breakers are almost always present here because of shoal water. When the sea is running from the west or southwest, it is particularly dangerous.

Outer end, south jetty. Breakers are almost always present. Even when it appears calm, there may be occasional breakers 1,000 feet outside the south jetty. When this sea is running from the west or southwest, this area is very dangerous.

The Rogue River channel lies along the north jetty. Under existing conditions, a channel 13 feet deep and 300 feet wide, extending from the ocean to the inner end of the north jetty, is provided. Boaters are urged to use and stay within this channel. The river entrance is subject to frequent shoaling and depth changes. Do not rely on charted depths.

Fishing Inside the Channel. During recent years small boats fish just inside the bar and troll in an area between the north and south jetties. Frequently, there are a great number of boats in this area and they tend to crowd each other. Because trolling is the most frequent fishing method lines can get caught accidentally in a boat propeller. Should this happen the disabled boat should anchor immediately or call for aid. A northwest wind or ebb tide could set a boat into a dangerous area in a matter of minutes.

The Coast Guard maintain a seasonal lifeboat station in the boat basin from June through the middle of September and can be reached on VHF-FM channel 12.

The Rogue reef is located northwest of the entrance to the Rogue River Estuary. The reef offers excellent fishing for salmon and rockfish for most of the year weather permitting. Fish for lingcod and black rockfish in the kelp forest located just north of the bar. The emphasis in the Rogue River Estuary is on Chinook salmon fishing and the redtail surfperch that enter the bay each spring.

Redtail surfperch enter the bay in spring. The perch fishing along the south jetty of the Rogue River Estuary has an excellent reputation for consistent catches of redtail surfperch. Surf Fishing on the southern coast of Oregon has a great reputation for excellence when fishing for redtail surfperch and the other species of surfperch.

Chinook salmon of the Rogue River are famous for the flavor of the spring run Chinook salmon. The spring run of Chinook salmon depend on their high fat content to sustain them until they spawn in the fall.

The Rogue River has both a spring and fall run of Chinook salmon, but it’s the spring run that generates the excitement. Both the spring and fall runs are dominated by 4 year old fish.

The Spring Run Of Chinook Salmon begins as early as the last week of March but usually during the first half of April and runs through May and into June. The best fishing usually occurs during late April through mid May and last into June. Spring Chinook, unlike their fall cousins spend very little time in tidewater. They enter the river as soon as they arrive. The high stream flow of spring is the trigger that initiates the upriver migration. Some Chinook pause briefly at the head of tidewater while others continue upriver to the spawning grounds. The Chinook are reluctant to bite when the water temperature of the river falls below 52 degrees. The spring Chinook’s exception to their fall cousin’s behavioral pattern of tidewater acclamation provides anglers with the opportunity to fish for upriver bright salmon whose flesh is at its optimum quality. The best fishing for spring Chinook occurs upriver from Elephant Rock. Understanding the water conditions is the key to successful fishing. Under normal conditions the color of the water is emerald green and the Chinook swim upriver on the inside of the river bends and the slower moving water below gravel bars or deep holes that is 4 to 6 feet deep. During low water conditions the water becomes extremely clear and the Chinook seek refuge by swimming in the darker water that is 8 but no more than 10 feed deep. When the water is flowing high and is stained or off color the Chinook resume their normal swimming pattern at depths of 4 to 6 feet or shallower.

Spring Chinook on the Roque is a dream come true for the man that makes Chinook salmon dance chasing his pantented spinners. For more information contact, Chuck at the Happy Hooker Tackle Company

The Rogue River Estuary Jetty is one the most popular locations to fish for returning fall Chinook salmon. The Rogue River Estuary is one of Oregon’s smallest deepwater bays and easily becomes overcrowded by anglers trolling for fall Chinook. Chinook salmon begin arriving as early as the last half of July but usually about the first week of August with fishable numbers returning the last half of August peaking in September and running into October. The best fishing occurs early in the run from the Highway 101 bridge seaward as the Chinook salmon move into and out of the bay with the tide awaiting the freshets of the seasonal rains. During the years with heavy snowmelt runoff originating in the Cascades returning fall Chinook forgo their typical fall migration behavioral pattern and migrate immediately upriver, in some years, as early as July. Troll with the incoming tide in the jetty channel along the north jetty from the jetty jaws to the Highway 101 Bridge or with the outgoing tide from the head of tidewater along the north shore towards Jots Resort then seaward to the jetty jaws. The entrance to the Port of Gold Beach in the jetty channel is a deep-water hot spot that produces a lot of fish.

Troll along the north jetty with a plug cut herring, Rogue Bait Rig and anchovy combination or with a rainbow colored spinner with green accents or a spinner with a hammered gold back and the front painted with 50/50 green and chartreuse spinner blade. The Rogue Bait Rig is comprised of a G–Spot spinner blade positioned ahead of beads and slip tied–double hooks and is sold complete and ready to fish at local bait and tackle shops. Tackle shop operators can advise which of the Rogue Bait Rigs is the most productive. The swift current of the Rogue River requires the use of sinkers up to 12 ounces. Attach the Rogue Bait Rig to the top leg of the spreader with a beaded chain swivel. Bait with an anchovy and you’re ready to fish.

Coho salmon enter the bay as early as August, but typically in September peaking in October and running through the first half of November. The best fishing occurs early in the run trolling either a plug cut herring, a Rogue Bait Rig with green and gold blade or a straight anchovy baited to a treble hook, spinners, hoochies or streamer flies against the incoming tide from elephant rock seaward. Troll these baits behind a wire spreader or a diver in the upper half of the water column. Trolling in the bay with rainbow, chartreuse or pink colored spinners or spinner bait combinations are also effective options. Remember Coho salmon prefer bait trolled at speeds from 3 to 5 knots.

Searun Cutthroat Trout: typically enter the majority of Oregon's bays and rivers from July through September but they enter some bays and river systems earlier or later based on various factors, such as life history, water temperature and flows in addition to weather conditions. The Umpqua and Rogue Rivers are subject to the effects of snowmelt with increased water flows and lower water temperatures. Timing is everything when fishing for searun cutthroat trout. Early returning searun cutthroat in addition to newly arriving searun cutthroat trout respond to lures and flies more aggressively than fish that have been in the river for an extended period of time.

Searun cutthroat trout are my favorite fish. Nothing compares to arriving on the river prior to dawn and taking a pair of 18 inch beauties on a fly rod at sunrise. Resident and fluvial cutthroat trout are common to many of Oregon's coastal rivers and streams. Resident cutthroat trout are just that; they live in the reach of the river or stream where they are found. Fluvial cutthroat live in the river or stream and migrate to another reach of the river or stream to breed, usually upstream. If there is a difference between the three classifications of cutthroat trout, then the difference is taste when they are cooked. When fried searun cutthroat trout are simply the best. There is an aspect of the cutthroat trout population that receives little attention and that is the cutthroat trout common to Oregon's lakes. Consider that prior to the intrduction of warm water fish species the Tenmile Lake Basin contained a dynamic population of cutthroat trout numbering in the tens of thousands. The diversity of the cutthroat trout does receive the credit it deserves. Check the ODFW Fishing Regulations for cutturoat trout.

Klamath Mountains Province Steelhead Project, 2001-02 Annual Report Report Number: OPSW-ODFW-2004-08

Steelhead returning to the Rogue River Basin: The Rogue River offers steelhead fishing opportunities nearly every month of the year. Winter steelhead migrate up the Rogue from December through May, followed by summer steelhead from May through November. A strong run of wild winter steelhead is supplemented by releases of hatchery fish in the Rogue and Applegate rivers. Winter steelhead provide a popular fishery on the Rogue River, but do not draw the huge crowds like spring chinook; therefore, anglers can enjoy a little more elbow room. Given the diversity of the rivers within the Rogue Basin, anglers can find water suitable for whatever fishing technique they enjoy.

Broaden your knowledge about by clicking on Steelhead and Half Pounders in the Rogue River Basin.

Returns of winter steelhead to the Rogue River and its tributaries are expected to be near average this winter. With favorable river conditions, anglers should experience good fishing throughout the basin. Several dams have been removed within the Rogue Basin over the last several years. Savage Rapids, Gold Hill and Gold Ray dams were taken out of the main stem Rogue River. This has greatly improved conditions for all of the Rogue’s native species, including winter steelhead. For anglers, this means more fishable water. In the areas once impounded by the dams there are now new riffles and runs – prime fishing water for winter steelhead. The dam removals also have reduced migratory delay and stress on fish, and improved chances for successful spawning and the likelihood of solid runs in years to come.

Even when winter freshets create high flows and turbid water, anglers can typically still find fishable water on the Rogue between Cole Rivers Hatchery and Big Butte Creek, where the clear outflow from Lost Creek Reservoir makes up most of the river’s flow. Following a freshet, the Illinois River clears more quickly than the Rogue or Applegate Rivers.

Steelhead returning to the Lower Rogue River Winter steelhead fishing kicks off around Thanksgiving, but really picks up in mid-December. The steelhead run will usually peak sometime in late January, but steelhead fishing remains good thru March or early April. Regulations for the lower Rogue River change on Jan. 1 each year and anglers should review the regulations before heading out.

Anglers fishing either off the bank or from a jet boat can do equally as well, depending on the flow. Bank anglers will do the best when flows are around 10,000 cfs and dropping, while boat anglers do best when flows get down around 7000-8000 cfs and dropping at Agness. (Rogue River flows)

Plunking a Spin-N-Glo is the technique of choice for bank anglers. Steelhead in the lower river all migrate on the inside bends of the river in about one to three feet of water. Anglers new to the fishery can easily get all the information they need to be successful from watching and talking to other anglers on the gravel bar.

Public access is very good from the top of tide all the way to Quosatana Campground, approximately 15 miles.

Running plugs is the number one technique among boat anglers. Boat anglers can launch at any of the gravel bars in the lower river, or boat ramps at the Port of Gold Beach, Lobster Creek Campground or Quosatana Campground.

The tough part for boat anglers new to the fishery is appreciating how close to the bank steelhead migrate. Usually, you want to anchor the boat about one boat width from the shore, unless the water is really clear.

Steelhead returning to the Middle Rogue River Winter steelhead normally start to arrive in the area around Grants Pass in late December, with peak fishing in February and March. There is plenty of good bank access along the middle Rogue. Between the city, county and state parks and the federal recreational areas, there are over 20 developed access sites. In addition, much of the land along the river below Hellgate Canyon is owned by the Bureau of Land Management. Some of the most productive sites include Valley of the Rogue State Park, Matson Park, Griffin Park and Robertson Bridge. Bank anglers can enjoy success by drifting bait, casting lures, plunking, and fly fishing.

This section of the river also offers good opportunities for fishing from both drift and motorized boats. With boats ramps distributed every three to five miles along the river, there are a lot of options. Techniques favored by boat anglers include drifting bait, casting lures and flies, back bouncing bait and lures, and back-trolling plugs. Side-drifting bait is becoming increasingly popular in the long, slow runs below Grants Pass.

The removal of Savage Rapids and Gold Ray Dams has opened up new floats for boat anglers; however, boaters should be aware that there are several difficult rapids between the Fishers Ferry and Gold Hill boat ramps. The Rogue River Water Trail brochure provides an excellent description of this reach as part of its map of the middle and upper Rogue between Grave Creek and William Jess Dam.

Above the Hog Creek Boat Landing (below Merlin), anglers may keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) steelhead at least 24 inches in length, one per day and five per year, from Feb. 1 to April 30. Adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) steelhead may be kept the entire year.

Coho Salmon Upper Rogue River Population of Coho salmon.

Steelhead retuning to the Upper Rogue River

Winter steelhead are normally caught in the upper river above the former Gold Ray Dam (near Gold Hill) from February through mid-May, with peak fishing activity in March and early April. Because hatchery steelhead returning to Cole River Hatchery supplement a healthy population of wild steelhead, there are a lot of winter steelhead in this section of the river.

Access for bank fishing is plentiful in this stretch. Bank anglers can enjoy good success between the hatchery and the Hwy 62 Bridge, and at public access points such as Casey State Park, Rogue Elk Park, Takelma Park, Denman Wildlife Management Area and Tou Velle State Park.

Numerous boat ramps allow boat anglers to choose from a variety of popular drifts. The river gets smaller in this upper section, with more defined holes. The area from Cole Rivers Hatchery downstream to Big Butte Creek usually remains fishable when the rest of the river is out of shape due to storm events.

Drifting bait, casting lures, and back-trolling plugs are all popular techniques. Later in the season, fly fishing can be very productive. Fly anglers can find good water for swinging flies with two-handed rods, as well as places to dead-drift nymph patterns.

Anglers may keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) steelhead at least 24 inches in length, one per day and five per year, from Feb. 1- April 30. Adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) steelhead may be kept the entire year.

Coho Salmon Illinois River Population of Coho salmon.

Steelhead returning to the Illinois River The Illinois River provides an excellent opportunity to fish for wild winter steelhead in a remote and rugged setting. Winter steelhead are available from December through March, with activity usually peaking in January and February.

With its clear water, outstanding scenery, and big fish, the Illinois River is a good destination for anglers seeking a quality fishing experience.

The Illinois River flows out of California into the Illinois Valley, before entering a long canyon leading to the Rogue River at Agness. In the Illinois Valley, private land limits access to the river. In the canyon, most of the land is publicly-owned. Except for the lower three miles, between Oak Flat and the mouth, a lack of developed access points and technical whitewater limit fishing opportunities from a boat. In addition, topography in the canyon makes access to the river difficult in most places, but this also keeps the fishing pressure down.

Anglers willing to make the effort can usually have a beautiful section of river to themselves. The river is full of boulders and ledges that make drift fishing difficult in many places, so casting flies and lures are popular fishing methods. Due to the local geology, the flow in the Illinois can increase rapidly during a storm; however, the river drops and clears quickly afterward.

Fishing in the Illinois River is restricted to artificial flies and lures. Above Klondike Creek anglers may harvest non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) steelhead at least 24 inches in length, one per day and five per year, as part of the steelhead/salmon catch limit. Below Klondike Creek anglers may only keep adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) steelhead, which occasionally stray into the Illinois River from the Rogue. The river above Pomeroy Dam (near Cave Junction) and all tributaries are closed to fishing to protect spawning salmon and steelhead.

Illinois River Boat Launch: The Miami Bar from Redwood Highway 199 in Selma OR. Turn west onto the Illinois  River RD. Travel 10.1 miles to the primitive no use fee boat Launch.  The boat launch is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. For additional information call 541-469-2196. 

Steelhead returning to the Applegate River

The Applegate River is smaller than neighboring rivers, and offers good opportunities for wading anglers. Well-defined holes and runs, and a gravel bottom make it easier to fish. The first winter steelhead are typically caught the lower river starting in mid-January, with the fishery peaking from mid-February through the end of the season on March 31. Fishing in March can be excellent.

Drifting bait works well, and casting spoons is popular.

The river also offers one of the best opportunities in the area to catch winter steelhead on a fly. Swinging traditional steelhead flies and dead-drifting nymph patterns both work well. Fly anglers will find the best conditions when flows are below 800 cfs, but the river can be fishable at higher flows as well. Flow information can be obtained online at the USGS Wilderville Gauge.

No fishing is allowed from a floating device, but anglers can us small rafts or pontoon boats to access more water. Much of the river is in private ownership, so anglers must use caution and always avoid trespassing. The National Forest lands on the upper river, Cantrall Buckley Park and Fish Hatchery Park are prime fishing sites. The main stem Applegate upstream to Applegate Dam is open to fishing for adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) steelhead from Jan. 1 through March 31. All non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) rainbow trout and steelhead, and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed.

White sturgeon and green sturgeon are common in the Rogue River Basin from tidewater upstream to Agness. White sturgeon enter the Rogue River Estuary in small numbers from February through August. The catch rate averages 20 fish per year. Most of the sturgeon are caught by anglers fishing for salmon. Fish for sturgeon in the large hole underneath the Highway 101 Bridge and in the hole ¼ of a mile upriver from the Highway 101 Bridge. Use mud shrimp, sand shrimp or herring for bait in the bay and sand shrimp, crawdad tails or herring in the river.

ODFW Fish Counts for the Roque River at Huntley Park for Chinook Salmon, Steelhead Trout, Half Pounders, Coho Salmon.

Bank fishing access along the Rogue River is fisherman friendly. There is good fishing from the bank off of Jerry’s Flat Road or the north bank road. Jerry’s Flat Road (FSR #33) parallels the south shore of the Rogue River to the community of Agness. The north bank road is accessed through the community of Wedderburn. The most productive bank fishing locations are at the Ferry Hole, Huntley Bar, Orchard Bar, Kimball Creek, Lobster Creek, Kunkleberger Bar and Quosatana Creek. Bank anglers use size 00, 0, 1, 2 or 4 Spin–N–Glos with Mylar wings in Fire Tiger, Grey Ghost or Silver Bullet patterns fished with 24 inch leaders and sweetened with small piece of salmon roe with the sinker attached directly to the spreader. The Rogue Bait Rig and anchovy combination with the G spot blade in green or chartreuse is equally as effective.

Crabbing ranges from poor to fair from summer to early fall from the Highway 101 Bridge seaward to the shoaling area depending on the amount of freshwater runoff from rainfall and/or snowmelt from the Cascades. Set your crabbing pots outside of the boating channels. Crabbing is allowed inside the boat basin but set the pots outside of the boating channels. Crabbing is allowed from the boat docks during the daylight hours. The Port does not provide lifejackets: you must use your own. Jot's Resort does not allow crabbing from their boat dock. We recommend checking with the Port of Gold Beach to make sure which of the port's docks are open for crabbing prior to making the trip.

Rogue River Estuary Jetty – the fishing for perch in the shallow water channel that parallels the south jetty has the reputation for excellence. Fishing for bass is limited to the deepwater channel that parallels the north jetty.

Rogue River Estuary boat launches are located on the south shore at the Port of Gold Beach and on the north shore at Jot’s Resort at (541) 247-6676 is the last business before turning onto the Hwy 101 Bridge over the Rogue River Estuary, and Lex's Landing which is the first business located on the right as you travel through the intersection of Hwy 101 and the North Bank Rogue River Rd. For additional information call (541)247-0909. An improved boat launch with restrooms is located on the north shore at the Ferry Hole. The Ferry Hole is accessed through the community of Wedderburn via North Bank Rogue River Road. The no use fee boat launch is operated by Curry County. Call 541-247-7074 for additional information.

Boat launches on the south shore are located at Huntley Park 6.9 miles up Jerry Flat Rd. Huntley Park is a no use fee unimproved boat launch operated by the Port of Gold Beach. Call 541-247-6269 for additional information. Lobster Creek is located 9.7 miles up the Roque River from the intersection of Hwy 101 and Jerry Flat Rd. Lobster Creek is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-247-3600 for additional information. Jerry Flat Rd becomes Agness Rd. Travelers to the area have the option of crossing the bridge over the Rogue River and return to Gold Beach via North Bank Rogue River Rd. or continue upriver on Silver Creek Rd to where it branches with FS 340. FS 340 dead ends on the Rogue River, while Silver Creek Rd goes up to the mountains where I got lost; be sure to have a full tank of gas before making this trip. From the Lobster Creek Boat Launch and Campground Agness Rd. continues upriver to the Quosatana Campground. The Quosatana Campground is a no use fee boat launch located 14.1 miles up the Roque River from the intersection of Hwy 101 and Jerry Flat Rd. The boat launches located at Quosatana Campground and Lobster Creek are improved ramps operated by the U.S Forest Service. Call 541-247-3600 for additional information. The south shore boat launches are located in campgrounds and have restrooms available. There are several unimproved boat launches located in Agness. The Cougar Lane Store & Lodge at 541-247-7233 is located 27.6 miles up the Roque River from the intersection of Hwy 101 and Jerry Flat Rd. This is a private facility located in Agness but there is a no use fee to launch. The Foster Bar Boat Launch is located at the Illahe Campground 33.1 miles up the Roque River from the intersection of Hwy 101 and Jerry Flat Rd.

Port of Gold Beach - Boat Launch

Trailer boats can be easily launched using the 3 lane launch ramp that is located in the Port of Gold Beach. Call the Port of Gold Beach at 541-247-6269 for additional information. To access the launch ramp drive across the Hwy 101 Bridge, the Patterson Bridge, over the Roque River Estuary. After exiting the Hwy 101 Bridge follow the Hwy around to the right and turn right onto Harbor Way. Follow Harbor Way a short distance to S Jetty Rd to the boat launch two block on the right. Launch payments can be put into the lock box located at the top of the launch ramp. Fill out the payment permit envelope and insert the daily launch fee of $3.00 or there is an Annual Launch Permit available at the Port Office.

Internet Links of Interest for the Rogue River Estuary:

Click the following link to view the Marine Forecast available from NWS Medford, OR Zone Forecast: Coastal waters from Cape Blanco OR to Pt. St. George CA out 10 nm.

Click on the height of the river level for the Rogue River – At Agnes

Tidal Projections for the Rogue River Estuary at Wedderburn.

Click on the navigational hazards to avoid when crossing the Bar at the Rogue River Estuary.

328.0 Gold Beach is located at the entrance of the Rogue River Estuary and is an excellent location to fish for redtail surfperch and a fair location to dig for razor clams.

329.9 South Beach Park provides the angler with easy beach access to Gold Beach and is an excellent location to fish for redtail surfperch.

330.6 Hunters Beach has an excellent reputation for redtail surfperch. Chinook salmon, usually the four year old fish, return to the Hunter Creek from late October peaking in November into December. The catch rate averages 40 fish per year.

Steelhead returning to Hunter Creek: Hunter Creek muddies quickly and is slow to clear. Bank access is very good, with most landowners allowing access if asked. Anglers can float the river during moderate flows. Boat anglers might try running plugs, while bank anglers prefer bobber and jigs, spinners, flies or drifting eggs. Hunter Creek is closed to steelhead fishing until Jan. 1 each year in order to protect spawning fall chinook.

Cutthroat Trout. by ODFW. The creek flows from small coastal streams entering the ocean often are obstructed by the annual movement of beach sand hendering the entry of salmonids on their migration upstream to spawn. The condition persists until the increased stream flow from seasonal rainfall clears the sediment from the mouth of the streams allowing the upstream of migrating salmonids and the outward migration of smolts into the ocean to occur.

334.6 Cape Sebastain offers visitors an incredible panoramic view of the Oregon Coast at the end of a 2 mile long hike. Cape Sebastain is named for Sebastain Viscaino who in 1603 named the cape after himself. The fishing for shallow water rockfish, sea trout, perch, cabezon and lingcod from the rocky shore ranges from fair to excellent.

336.5 Myers Beach is accessible from the view points located at mile marker 336.5, 337.1 and 337.3. Located at mile marker

337.0 Meyers Creek (USFS Photos) is listed by ODFW as a location to dig for razor clams. Razor clams are dug along the beach north from Meyers Creek to Hunters Cove. This section of the beach is an excellent place to fish for redtail surfperch.

Hiking Sasquatch Country is the Big Footer's trail guide to visitor's guide to finding a Sasquatch. Click on The Myers Creek Loop Trail to view the USFS guide for the 4.5 miles long trail. This is a primitive unsurfaced trail open to motorcycles, mountain bikes, horseback riding, and hiking. Please refer to the Beartooth Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for trail location and additional user information.

338.0 The Pistol River Beach as well as Meyer’s Beach is one of the most popular beach locations used for wind surfing competition that draws Wind Surfers from all over the World. Have your camera ready to capture the exciting images. Pistol River Beach is one of Oregon's beaches listed by ODFW as a location to dig for razor clams. Horseback riding at Bandon Stables and Hawk Stables on the N. Bank Rd. on the Pistol River.

Information Report 76-4. Reimers, P., and K. Baxter. 1976. Fishes of Sixes River, Oregon. The report documents the seasoal abundance of marine species common to Oregon's Esturies.

339.0 Pistol River State Wayside Beach is located between Crook Point and Cape Sebastain. The beach north and south of the Pistol River is and excellent location to fish for redtail surfperch. Chinook salmon, usually the four year old fish, return to the Pistol River watershed from late October peaking in November into December. Striped seaperch are the dominate perch species caught along the rocky shore from Crook Point to the California Border. The fishing for shallow water rockfish, i.e. grass, brown, copper, black or blue rockfish, sea trout, perch, cabezon and lingcod from Crook Point to the north jetty of the Chetco River Estuary varies from fair to excellent depending on the weather and time of year.

Steelhead returning to the Pistol River: The Pistol has a very good run of steelhead but muddies quickly during rain events and is slow to clear. Most anglers use roe, cast spinners or fly fish. Access is limited by private property and anglers are reminded to ask first before entering private property. Only the lower 4-5 miles is floatable. The best access for bank anglers is around the mouth of Deep Creek and the South Fork.

Cutthroat Trout by ODFW. The creek flows from small coastal streams entering the ocean often are obstructed by the annual movement of beach sand hendering the entry of salmonids on their migration upstream to spawn. The condition persists until the increased stream flow from seasonal rainfall clears the sediment from the mouth of the streams allowing the upstream of migrating salmonids and the outward migration of smolts into the ocean to occur.

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