Welcome to Beautiful Southern Oregon!
Southern Oregon provides some of the best fishing around! There are a wide range of rivers and lakes to choose from for anything from salmon and steelhead, trout to small mouth bass and even the prehistoric sturgeon. The species of fish and the season you are fishing determines what you will fish for on each of these spectacular rivers and lakes. If you are looking to hook into a huge fall Chinook salmon, the Chetco River is the place to be. If you want to try your hand at fighting a real monster, you want to be on the main Umpqua River and coastal area of the Rogue River searching out the sturgeon. Not only can you catch some wonderful fish, but while you are here take in some of the beauty and recreation of our area. Each river system is populated with a wide variety of parks, hiking trails, beautiful scenery, and waterfalls to enjoy. So pick a lake or river and take the tour. You will never see anything like it anywhere else in the world!
We’d like to take a minute to let you know who and what we are and why we are here. Our names are Travis and Shelly Marsh. We are lucky enough to live within a few minutes’ drive of the beautiful Umpqua River in Roseburg, OR. It all started with a simple idea from Travis; wouldn’t it be great if we could find all the fishing info we wanted to know in one place? It would be so much easier than going from website to website and clicking on link after link to find the information we needed. This was the start of Southern Oregon Anglers.
It began in 2011 with a Facebook page and the idea of how amazing it would be to find other fishermen (and women) in Southern Oregon who enjoy fishing as much as we do. We thought about how fun it would be to have a place for people to share stories, pictures, hints and tips with other people in our local area, and all over Southern Oregon. Along with that we decided to post the water levels, fishing reports, etc. We also share videos about how to rig your pole or what baits are hot on the river. Our goal was to provide and share the information we spent so much time looking for, in one spot for others to find easily. Travis began bulding a Facebook page with the idea of starting a website to provide information about fishing in Southern Oregon. Our ‘little’ idea has now grown to over 10,500 people from all over the world on our Facebook page and an average of over 300 people per day that visit our website. With this growth came bigger ideas. We went from a five page website to 35 pages just to share the information we wanted others to see.
Our goal with this website grew from simply providing and sharing fishing information locally, to promoting Southern Oregon to the rest of the United States and the world. Sometimes we all take advantage of, or don’t always stop to appreciate, the beauty that surrounds us here in Southern Oregon. We thought it would be wonderful if others could experience the beauty we are so fortunate to live in; and if they stop to fish along the way, then it makes it just that much better!
Travis & Shelly enjoying some fishing time on an ocean of glass with Winchester Bay Charters
Our son Joey with a nice Pacific Ocean Chinook