The rivers, streams, lakes and ocean surrounding Gold Beach offer world-class fishing all year round. Whether you are after salmon, steelhead, trout, rockfish, cod, halibut, tuna; or shellfish such as the succulent Dungeness crab, littleneck or butter clams; you will find them all within the reach of your fishing pole, flyrod, crabpot or sand shovel and a short distance from Turtle Rock Resort.
Those fishermen staying in a picturesque RV site or vacation beach cottage at Turtle Rock Resort benefit from the close proximity of Hunter Creek, the bountiful creek that flows into the Pacific ocean and the banks upon which the resort lies. You may fish for steelhead, chinook and trout right in our own Hunter Creek. From January 1 to March 31 Hunter Creek is open to steelhead fishing; from October 1 to December 31, chinook; and from May 23 to October 31, trout.
New! RV Fishing Sites at Turtle Rock Resort!
Park your fishing boat for free just across from your RV site. Turtle Rock Resort is 2.5 miles from world class year-round fishing on the Rogue River; fish for spring and fall salmon, silver salmon, and summer and winter steelhead. In addition to the Rogue River, there are other quality fishing rivers within 30 minutes of Gold Beach: the Chetco, Elk, and Sixes. RV sites include beach access, exercise room, bath house, and laundry for only $34 per night for two guests (taxes not included). Call us at 541.247.9203 to reserve your site - the fish are biting!
Licensing and Regulations
You can find information on fish and shellfish licensing fees and where you may purchase fishing licenses on the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) web site, and check out the fishing regulations before your trip.
The ODFW also provides weekly fishing reports with a wealth of information designed to help you choose your Gold Beach fishing adventure:
Southwest Oregon Fishing Report
Oregon Marine Fishing, Shellfishing, and Crabbing Report
December-March: Winter steelhead travel up the Rogue this time of year. Good eating and great fighters!
March-June: Spring chinook (or king) salmon are caught between Gold Beach and Agness (2 to 35 miles 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. Known for their mouth-watering flavor, spring chinook range in size from 10 to 40+ pounds.
July-December: Troll the Rogue River Bay for Chinook salmon which, once hooked, give even the most experienced angler a challenging fight. These fine fish also range from 10-40+ pounds. In fact, one fish weighing over 70-pounds was landed by a Grants Pass Fisherman several years ago. Summer steelhead (or half-pounders) also provide excellent fishing during these months. And do not forget trout - one lucky angler pulled in a 28-pound rainbow trout several years ago from the Rogue River.
September-December: This time of year you will catch coho (silver) salmon and, of course, the fun-to-hook summer steelies. Silvers range in size from five to 15-pounds and steelhead from 3/4 pound to two-pounds. Nothing's more fun than fighting these fish on light tackle, especially a fly rod. While there is nothing tastier than a fish fry, many fishermen catch and release these beauties, allowing them to live and fight another day.