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. Euchre Creek supports a small population of Chinook salmon. Chinook salmon return to the Elk River from late October peaking in November into December.
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.
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.
Rogue River Estuary The Rogue 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 year.
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.
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 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.
The most productive fishing is from anchored boats, but fishing from the bank is almost as good. Competition is keen for the best fishing locations. Local anglers often monopolize the most productive locations by anchoring on them for several days at a time. Most boaters double anchor. The primary anchor should be a 40 pound Kedge style anchor. Visiting anglers should arrive early to claim a spot at the most productive location. Attach a buoy to the anchor line and release the boat from the anchor line when a Chinook is hooked. The angler is free to fight the fish returning to the buoyed anchor line once the Chinook has been landed. Anglers fishing from the bank use the same tackle and angling methods employed by anglers fishing from boats. Of course, the ability to move in a boat is a big advantage. Anchor in the shallow water in a manner that positions the boat on the inside of a curve and fish for Chinook salmon from the inside out. Fishing with an anchovy rigged with a single treble hook and fished with a tight spin is a local favorite, but fishing with a Rogue Bait Rig and anchovy combination using the G spot spinner blade in gold and green or gold and chartreuse is the most productive. The Rogue Bait Rig accounts for most of the spring Chinook caught followed by straight anchovy or a Spin–N–Glo sweetened with salmon roe or with a spinner with a hammered gold back and the front painted with 50/50 green and chartreuse spinner blade. Fish these baits with a spreader using a 36 inch leader line and a 12 inch sinker dropper line. Use a heavy enough sinker to keep the bait on the bottom but light enough to walk the bait to the desired location. Usually, sinkers weighing 2 to 8 ounces are sufficient. To be successful present the bait at various depths ranging from 4 to 10 feet depending on water clarity to intercept salmon migrating upriver in the shallow water lane.
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 about the first 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.
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.
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.
PORT - Boat Launch
Vessels on trailers can be easily launched using the recently refurbished 3 lane launch ramp that is located in the Port of Gold Beach.
To access the launch ramp drive between the Port Offices and the Post Office toward the harbor. Launch payments can be put into the lock box located at the top of the launch ramp. Daily launch fees are $3.00 or there is an Annual Launch Permit available at the Port Office. Call or come into the office to inquire about the cost of the permit or to purchase yours.
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. Boat launches on the south shore are located at Huntley Park, Lobster Creek and Quosatana Campground. The boat launches located at Quosatana Campground and Lobster Creek are improved ramps operated by the U.S Forest Service. The boat launch located at Huntley Park is an unimproved boat ramp operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The south shore boat launches are located in campgrounds and have restrooms available. There are several unimproved boat launches located in Agness.
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.
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.
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.
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. Meyers Creek 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.
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.
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 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.