ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Spring Chinook fishing continues to be hit and miss depending on river and weather conditions. Most fish are being caught by boat anglers as the river clears and drops.
Perch have been starting to show in good numbers at the mouth of the Rogue. One of the best spots to try is the sand spit extending from the south jetty into the mouth of the river. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out and fish when ocean swells are small and light winds are forecasted.
Middle - The Rogue is closed to fishing for trout until May 22 to protect salmon and steelhead smolts migrating out to sea.
The flow at Grants Pass as of Monday morning was 4,290 cfs and the water temperature averaged 54o F. Turbidity is 2 NTUs.
The river is open for a limited harvest opportunity for wild steelhead at least 24" in length from Hog Creek boat ramp upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery, 1 per day and 5 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit. Consult the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more regulation information.
Upper - Fishing for winter steelhead has been fair; however, higher flows making fishing more difficult. With spring Chinook arriving in the area, anglers are reminded that only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained. As of April 13, 1,169 winter steelhead and 9 spring Chinook had been collected at Cole Rivers, with 276 new steelhead entering the hatchery last week. The flow at Gold Ray was 3,920 cfs and the water temperature was 50o F on Monday morning. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,996 cfs, but scheduled to drop to 2,700 cfs, with a temperature of 48o F. The river is open for a limited harvest opportunity for wild steelhead at least 24" in length from Hog Creek boat ramp upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery, 1 per day and 5 per year, as part of daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit. Consult the synopsis for more regulation information.