Gold Beach and Agness offer not just world-class fishing year-round, but they offer stellar choices. From here you can fish the world-famous Rogue River, or you can enjoy fishing the waters of the Pacific Ocean off the Southern Oregon coast — or do both!
There is nothing like watching the spectacular views of sunrise or sunset over the ocean and mountains as you enjoy calm water fishing on the Rogue River in the Gold Beach area. Spring Chinook (or king) salmon are caught between Gold Beach and Agness (2 to 35 mi. upriver). Similar to fall Chinook, these “springers” are in peak physical condition as they leave the cold waters of the Pacific and come into the Rogue system in search of their spawning grounds during springtime. Known for their mouthwatering flavor, spring Chinook range in size from 10 to 40+ pounds.
In summer and fall you can troll the Rogue River Bay for fall Chinook salmon that, once hooked, give even the most experienced angler a challenging fight. These fine fish also range from 10 to 40+ pounds. In fact, one weighing over 70 pounds was landed several years ago. Summer steelhead (or half-pounders) also provide excellent fishing during those months.
December through March is a favorite time of the year for many locals because Gold Beach typically has multiple days of sunny, mild weather during this period. Steelhead fishing reaches its peak in February, with opportunities to cast in as many as five rivers within a five-minute to one-hour drive from the center of town. How does a covered, heated 21-foot powerboat sound? Or an open drift boat with heater? These vessels carry two to four people, depending on conditions and fishing method. Guides, boats, licenses and tackle are all available in Gold Beach. If you are not boating, you can also drive upstream. Locals can point out many public river access spots for good fishing.
The ocean is, of course, a different kettle of fish altogether, with a variety of fish available throughout the year. Gold Beach offers the best ocean bottom fishing opportunities on the Oregon coast. Try your luck just a few miles offshore in 40 to 125 ft. of water for a chance at great catches of excellent-eating seafood.
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