Carson’s Guide Service

Capt. Chris Carson Shady Cove, OR Incorporated Licensed Insured
Carson's Guide Service-Person
5 out of 5 stars

Hello and welcome to Carson’s Guide Service! We have been guiding anglers for Salmon and Steelhead here in Southern Oregon for 20yrs. Carson’s Guide Service is dedicated to catching quality fish; here is our yearly schedule:

Spring Chinook – May – June
At this time of year we will be fishing on the Upper Rogue River. I have my clients stay in Shady Cove, Ore. It’s located 30 minutes North of Medford. We fish for Spring Salmon and mainly back bouncing roe or run plugs.

Fall Chinook – July thru October
During this season we move to the coast and fish the Mouth of the Rogue River in Gold Beach, Oregon. We mainly troll anchovies in the bay for bright Chinook Salmon in July and August until they start migrating upriver (which starts in September). During this time we will be fishing the Lower Rogue River in Agness, Oregon. If you are a conventional gear fisherman: we will be side drifting roe or running plugs/lures. If you are a Fly Fisherman: we will be indicator fishing with beads and yarn balls.

Fall Chinook – November – December
When Southern Oregon rain comes we head to the coast to fish for Chinook on the Chetco, Elk, or Sixes rivers. We can discuss all details at time of booking.

Carson’s Guide Service is able to accommodate 2 anglers in the 18ft Drift Boat. Included is your fishing gear, rods & reels, tackle, bait & flies. We’ll also clean, fillet, and bag your catch. All you need to bring is your Oregon fishing license. Also be sure to wear appropriate clothing for the weather/temperatures: layers may be best.

Carson’s Guide Service has the experience and knowledge for your next Southern Oregon fishing trip! Chris Carson is one of the best guides in the area, and is happy to share with you his passion and expertise.

Upper Rogue River in Shady Cove, Ore.

For fishing steelhead in Southern Oregon, check out:
Carson’s Guide Service – Winter Steelhead

833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)

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  Launch Location

1755 Old Ferry Road, Shady Cove

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Trips start at $500

1 Trips

1-2 guests

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2014 1860' Drift Boat

none HP engine(s)

  • Fishfinder
  • Catch And Release Only
  • Clients Keep Catch



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Includes 2 guests

Trip time: 5:00am to 1:00pm (8 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

We will be floating down the beautiful Rogue River, fishing holes along the way for Spring Chinook Salmon. Only hatchery Chinook are able to harvest and the limit is two per person.

Close details

Fish Species

King Salmon

Additional Details

Safety Features

  • Life Jackets
  • First-Aid Equipment
  • CPR-Trained Crew


  • Fishfinder

Fishing Techniques

  • Drift Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Trolling

Fishing Policies

  • Catch And Release Only
  • Clients Keep Catch

Price Includes

  • Catch Cleaning & Filleting
  • Fresh or Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle

Minimum Age

  • no age limit

Fishing Location

  • River

About the Vessel


Capt. Chris Carson

Boat Type

Drift Boat

Boat Length

18ft x 60

Year Built


Engine Manufacturer


Number of Engines


Engine Horsepower

none HP

Customer Reviews

Carson's Guide Service-Person
5 out of 5 stars