ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Rain this week will probably move most of the Chinook and coho out of the bay and into the lower River.
Half pounder steelhead are spread throughout the lower river. Half pounders are immature steelhead that return to the Rogue this time of year and run 12 to 15 inches. These fish will return back to the ocean in the spring. Anglers can do well fishing spinners or casting flies in the riffles.
As per zone regulations: Anglers are reminded that angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures from Foster Creek upstream to Whiskey Creek from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.
Middle - Per zone regulations: Beginning October 1, angling for Chinook is closed upstream of Hog Creek boat ramp to Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam. Summer steelhead are available and fishing has been dependent on when a fresh pod of fish move through the area. Try fishing with nightcrawlers, spinners, and side drifted roe. Fall Chinook Are being caught on sardine wrapped kwickfish/flatfish spoons, roe, and roe/sandshrimp back bounced into holes. This is also a good stretch of river to side drift roe.
he Rogue River is open to trout angling. Only hatchery trout can be retained. Wild trout must be released unharmed. Rainbow trout over 16 inches are considered steelhead in streams and must be tagged as part of the daily salmon/steelhead catch as per zone regulations.
Upper - As per zone regulations: Anglers are reminded that beginning Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, all Chinook angling is closed from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam. Angling is also restricted to artificial flies (no bait) from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31 from Fishers Ferry to Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery. Additionally, no added weights or attachments except a bubble or similar floating device attached to the line can be used during the Sept. 1 Oct. 31 period from Fishers Ferry upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam. Anglers will be allowed to use artificial lures and flies beginning Nov. 1 from fishers Ferry Boat Ramp upstream to the boat ramp at Shady Cove, but angling for Chinook will remain closed.
Angling pressure has been very light in the upper Rogue and fishing has been slow. Nymphing will produce the best success. We are expecting a good shot of rain late this week which should stir things up a bit. Look for angling to improve mid to late next week.
Anglers can keep five hatchery rainbow trout per day. Non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed. Track the fish returns to Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery by the collection pond tally.
As of Oct. 5, a total of 1,728 summer Steelhead have entered the hatchery, with a whopping 8 new fish entering for the week.