ROGUE RIVER: Lower - The Rogue Bay continues to produce good catches of chinook. The numbers of chinook should continue to build as this is just the beginning of the fall chinook run. The majority of fish are being caught downstream of the Highway 101 bridge.
Summer steelhead fishing is slow, but cooler river conditions should make for some good early summer steelhead fishing
Middle - A few Chinook and summer steelhead are passing through the middle Rogue; however, fishing has been slow. Due to the stress fish experience when caught and released in warm water; salmon, steelhead, trout, and sturgeon fishing is closed after 2 p.m. each day in the Rogue River downstream from the Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp. This is intended to protect the fish the fish from being stressed during the warmest part of the day.
As of Monday, the flow at Grants Pass was 1,560 cfs and the water temperature averaged 65oF. Water temperatures will climb with the heat wave this week.
Upper - The spring chinook fishery is winding down on the upper river. The river between Dodge Bridge and Cole Rivers Hatchery closes to fishing for chinook on Aug. 1. Anglers can continue to fish for chinook between the Fishers Ferry boat ramp and the Dodge Bridge boat ramp until Aug. 31.
Summer steelhead are available but are scattered throughout the upper river.
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 for the next several weeks. 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.
Due to the cool water being released from Lost Creek Reservoir, the Rogue River upstream from the Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
The flow at Gold Ray was 1,620 cfs and the water temperature averaged 61oF on Monday. The outflow from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1,500 cfs at 54oF. As of July 15, a total 7,466 spring Chinook (145 new for the week) and 562 summer steelhead (104 new for the week) have been collected at Cole Rivers Hatchery.
Above Lost Creek - The premier summer trout fishery in the Rogue watershed is the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir. Anglers can escape the heat of the Rogue Valley, enjoy beautiful scenery and catch fish. Campgrounds and other public access sites along Highway 62 and Highway 230 are stocked with rainbow trout on a weekly basis between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Anglers should note that two stocking sites have been dropped for this year: Foster Creek and Woodruff Creek at Abbott Campground. Hamaker Campground will not be stocked directly but will receive trout from a release upstream at Minnehaha Creek.
Due to lower water temperatures, the Rogue River and its tributaries upstream from Lost Creek Reservoir are not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remain open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.