ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Rain this week should bring the last of the Chinook into the lower Rogue and get the coho moving. Anglers are reminded they can only keep adipose fin-clipped coho. Bank anglers are catching Chinook and some coho around the mouth of Indian Creek.
Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall, and the flow at Grants Pass was 1400 cfs on Monday morning. The water temperature was averaging 54. Summer steelhead are available, and fishing should be good. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos and release fish quickly.
Upper - The artificial fly season is underway on the upper Rogue, and summer steelhead fishing is good. Anglers may want to try nymph patterns, or a big stonefly pattern in combination with a smaller nymph, or standard steelhead patterns. Trout fishing should be very good as well. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos and release fish quickly.
Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1036 cfs and the water temperature was 44°F the morning of Oct. 20. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 51F. As of Oct. 16, 1,324 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.
Trout are still available in the waters above Lost Creek Dam! Fish stocking has ended for the year upstream of Lost Creek, but fishing remains open and should be very good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber.
In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.