DODGE BRIDGE PARK (Shady Cove area)

General Description: The Rogue River flows along this popular county park, which is named for the bridge along Highway 234 that crosses the river. The county park features about one-third mile of river frontage, a boat launch and a fully-accessible fishing platform for the disabled.

Fish: Summer steelhead (July, August, September); winter steelhead (March, April, May); spring chinook (April, May, June)

How to land'em: The two best holes at Dodge Bridge are immediately off the boat ramp, and on the far side of the river upstream at a rock point. The boat ramp area holds summer and winter steelhead in the deeper, slower water, along with the occasional spring chinook in an eddy. The rock point requires those who are not fishing from a boat to walk across the river, which isn’t too tough when the water is low. Anglers tend to focus on a nice seam between the fast and slow water near the rock point. Both fishing holes feature plenty of deep, broken water. The area is mainly focused upon by fly-anglers. Anglers using gear such as spoons and spinners also fish this area, but sometimes have trouble with snags.

—Josh White, Rogue Fly Shop, Grants Pass

Directions: Follow Interstate 5 south of Grants Pass, and exit at Gold Hill. From Gold Hill, follow Sams Valley Highway 238. The highway goes over the bridge, but to reach the park, turn left onto Rogue River drive. Click here for a map.

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