ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Spring Chinook fishing continues to be good, with boats and even bank anglers picking up fish on a regular basis.
Summer steelhead are just starting to make their way through the lower river. With the higher flows, plunking may be a good option to pick up these early returning fish.
Anglers have been picking up a few surf perch off the sand spit in the lower estuary.
Middle - The river below Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp is now open to the harvest of wild spring Chinook. Spring Chinook and Summer Steelhead are available.
The river is now open for trout fishing. Five hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed.
As of Monday morning, the flow at Grants Pass was 4,100 cfs, the water temperature was 52oF, and the turbidity was 4 NTUs. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Divisions website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.
Upper - The first summer steelhead arrived at Cole Rivers Hatchery recently, so both summer steelhead and spring Chinook are available for upper river anglers. Fishing for spring Chinook has been slow to fair since relatively few Chinook have made it to the upper Rogue so far. Anglers are reminded that only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained. Due to low returns of spring Chinook salmon to Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery, the popular Hatchery Hole has been closed to all fishing through July 31. The fishing deadline has been moved downstream 1,200 feet. This closure is necessary to help ensure Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery collects enough Spring Chinook to meet future production goals.
The river is now open for trout fishing. Salmonflies are now emerging, so the trout fishing should be very good. Five hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed.
As of June 7, a total of 13 summer steelhead and 135 spring Chinook have returned to Cole Rivers Hatchery. (Track the hatchery returns at fish returns to Cole Rivers). The outflow from Lost Creek Reservoir on Tuesday morning was down to 3,442 cfs. The water temperature in the river was 51oF. The flow at RayGold was 4,290 cfs with a temperature of 52oF.
Above Lost Creek - The weekly stocking of rainbow trout in the Rogue River above the reservoir has begun and will continue through the summer. Some of the usual stocking sites are still blocked by snow or have swift current, so for this week, only the following sites will be stocked: Mill Creek Campground; River Bridge Campground; Woodruff Bridge; Union Creek Campground; Farewell Bend Campground; Mt. Stella Bridge; and Hwy 230 between MP 9 and 10. In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout. Because of high flows parents are encourage to be aware at all times when children are near the waters edge.