October’s Idyllic End on the upper Rogue River

Late October Summer Steelhead on the upper Rogue River

With frosty mornings, falling leaves, dry grass and perfect mid-day temperatures in the sixties, October comes to an end on the upper Rogue River. The river level has dropped to about its lowest, and the Fall chinook spawn is still going on. The steelhead catching has been spotty. Never the less they make their presence known on occasion. I came across this October steelhead the other day while duck hunting a favorite slough of the Rogue River. Just a little frosting on the cake, the mallard ducks were also cooperating. Local birds and a few migrants I suppose. Other than mallards, teal, wood ducks and Canada geese, I haven’t seen a big waterfowl migration yet. I guess October’s conditions are just too darn nice! The Rogue Valley weather should take a good nosedive sometime in November and with that change look for a fresh influx of new steelhead and waterfowl on the upper Rogue River.

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