ROGUE RIVER: Lower - High and muddy. Anglers have been picking up steelhead when flows have dropped enough to get out and fish. No reports of springers, but March is right around the corner and anglers can expect the first springer of the season to be caught by early next month.
Middle - High and muddy. Hopefully conditions will improve by the weekend. Try fishing with nightcrawlers, spinners, and side drifted roe. Nymphing flies is also very effective. Pressure has been light and fishing has been slow to fair. Consult the 2017 fishing regulations for winter steelhead harvest information.
Upper - The upper Rogue is currently high and muddy. Remember that the river is much clearer from Big Butte Creek to Cole Rivers Hatchery providing an opportunity to fish for steelhead and trout when the rest of the river is not fishable. Anglers can keep 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day. Non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.
Cole River - As of Feb. 15, a total of 3,946 summer steelhead have entered the hatchery, with 151 new fish entering for the week. The hatchery also collected 125 winter steelhead bringing the total to 176. The average outflow from Lost Creek reservoir as of Feb. 21 is 3,100 cfs.
Above Lost Creek - The upper Rogue is currently covered in snow; however, there are fish and if you find a safe place to do some fishing try using bait as the trout are slow to move due to very cold water temperatures.