ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Chinook catches continue to be very good in the bay. Anglers may see some fish move up river this weekend and early next week with rain in the forecast and cooler water temperatures. A few coho have been picked up in the bay, but better numbers will start showing in mid-September.
Steelhead fishing has been fair, but cooler water conditions should bring some new fish into the river.
Middle - Fall Chinook and summer steelhead are in the middle river and fish are being caught. Fishing is somewhat hit and miss, with the fish spread throughout the middle river. Most anglers are fishing plugs like Kwikfish wrapped with sardines. More fish should arrive soon with the increase in reservoir releases recently.
As of Monday, the flow at Grants Pass was 1,830 cfs and the water temperature averaged 64oF. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Divisions website offers information on NTUs at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.
Upper - Big changes are coming to the upper river fishery on Sept. 1. This is the last week to fish for chinook between Fishers Ferry boat ramp and the Dodge Bridge boat ramp. This is also the last week to fish with bait on the upper river with the artificial fly season beginning in September.
River flows are up with releases of 1,750 cfs from Lost Creek Reservoir. The flow at Gold Ray was 1900 cfs on Monday and the average river temperature was 61 F.
Summer steelhead are available. The river is also open for trout fishing. This might be a good time to fish for trout on the upper Rogue at places like Rogue Elk County Park, Casey State Park, and McGregor Park. Anglers can cast flies, rooster tails, or worms through Aug. 31. Anglers can keep five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. Non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.
As of Aug. 19, a total of 1,164 summer steelhead (110 new for the week) have been collected at Cole Rivers Hatchery. Just over 600 hatchery steelhead were recycled back into the fishery at the Gold Hill boat ramp last Thursday.
Lost Creek - Due to periodic road closures related to the National Creek fire, stocking on the upper Rogue above Lost Creek Reservoir may vary. Regular stocking up to Farewell Bend will continue as scheduled. Sites above Farewell Bend will be stocked as road access allows.