How big are the fish in the Rogue River?

Rogue River fishing is some of the best salmon and trout fishing in the country with salmon fishing Rogue river particularly possible during the fall salmon runs. 

But is it really worth it to travel to Oregon and hire a Rogue River Fishing Guide to catch fish? After all, an Oregon Fishing guide typically charges around $225 per day, and on top of that, you will need to purchase a 1, 2, or three-day non-resident fishing license and add the appropriate tags. 

Then there is the expense of flying to Oregon, transportation to the Rogue River area as well as boarding and lodging. 

Record fish caught in Oregon and the Rogue River 

So is it worth it? First a look at some of the records for fish in Oregon.

Back in 1918, a fisherman caught an 83-pound chinook salmon, while another fisherman caught a chum salmon weighing 23 pounds in 1990. 

In 1996, a Coho salmon reeled in weighing 25.5 pounds. Meanwhile, brown trout have been caught weighing 28 pounds, Rainbow trout have been captured weighing 28 pounds and steelhead trout have topped 35 pounds. 

The thing about fishing in Oregon is that 9 times out of 10, you may not have caught a record-breaking fish but quite often they will be close.

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Do the fish fight on the line in Oregon and the Rogue Rivers 

Another thing of interest is that both trout and salmon are real fighters when fishing in Oregon and on the Rogue River in particular. 

The answer is definitely affirmative. Whether fishing for chum salmon, arguably the most ferocious fighters of all salmon, or chinook salmon, officially the state’s official fish, you are in for a fight on your hands. 

It should also be noted that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked 1500 Tiger Trout in Fish Lake in 2011. For those who want a real fighting freshwater fish, those Tiger trout that are full-on adults now, represent a real challenge. 

On average, most adult salmon and trout weigh-in at about 15 to 20 pounds, and will give the angler a hefty struggle for their money.

But why hire a guide when fishing the Rogue 

For one thing, just as time is money in business, time for a visitor fishing equals fish.

Guides make a living out of providing a fantastic fishing experience and if everyone could do it they would quickly go out of business. 

Guides know where the fish are to be found quickly, not several hours from now but several minutes from now. 

They note which bait is currently in vogue (it can change from day to day and from fish to fish), bring along the best fishing equipment, and know-how to keep things lively and interesting for a visitor. 

In particular, fishing guides on the Rogue river know how to tailor their fishing trips to those that come along. If there are kids or the elderly for example, they will shy away from fishing holes that are either too dangerous to fish for those less able, or too dangerous.

The Rogue River extends 215 miles and while much of it is accessed by boat it’s not a river for amateur boaters. 

Taking home fish 

Most fishing guides are associated with nearby fishing lodges who not only ensure you have a comfortable overnight stay or two but are associated with nearby fish processors who will filet your fish, smoke them if you wish, and seal them in vacuum seal containers and then flash frozen for several hours. 

A typical 50-pound box of salmon filets from Oregon to New York, for example, will cost around $250 to $300 to ship. But when they arrive, you place them in your freezer and take them out whenever you wish. 

As wild-caught salmon at Wholefoods typically runs around $13 per pound, that 50 lb box of salmon is an outright bargain made all the sweeter by the fact that you caught the fish yourself. 

Camaraderie and good memories 

Believe it or not, most out-of-state fishermen who travel to the Rogue River to fish are not Wall Street Playboys who decide to rough it for a weekend and decide to go fishing in Oregon. The vast majority of a fishing guides clients are families who fly in together for a once in a lifetime experience.

Long after the trip is over, those fishing trips are forged in family memories and sometimes even taxidermied on the family’s den.

Fishing is just fun with a guide on the Rogue River. Come see for yourself.