ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Spring Chinook are spread throughout the lower river, but low and clear river conditions is making it tough on anglers trying to catch them. The cooler weather this week should drop river temperatures and may get the spring Chinook on the bite. Before heading out, anglers should check river flows, water temperatures, and tides as these are all important to catching spring Chinook.
The steelhead run in winding down, but anglers can still expect to catch a few steelhead in April.
Angling for winter steelhead has been good. Drifting bait, backtrolling plugs, casting spinners, and fly fishing have all been productive. A few spring chinook have caught in the middle Rogue, but there are not many of these fish this far upriver yet. The flow at Grants Pass was 2,810 cfs and the water temperature was 55°F on April 14.
Upper - Anglers are still doing well for winter steelhead on the upper Rogue. Drifting bait, backtrolling plugs, casting spinners, and fly fishing are all working well.
The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,000 cfs and the water temperature was 48°F on April 14. The flow at Gold Ray was 2,510 cfs with a water temperature 54°F. The outflow from Lost Creek Reservoir will be reduced to 1620 cfs by mid week. The past week, 451 winter steelhead entered the collection pond at Cole Rivers Hatchery bringing the season total to 1,935. That is the highest total to date for winter steelhead returns in the last ten years. The first spring chinook of the season also entered the hatchery.
Trout fishing is closed on the Rogue River until May 24. Consult the regulations for more information.
Above Lost Creek - This reach of the Rogue is open to trout fishing year-round; however, the first stocking of rainbow trout for this year will not occur until late May. Holdover rainbow trout, and naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Lower flow levels this spring should make for better early-season fishing.