ROGUE RIVER: Lower - River conditions have been good for some early winter steelhead fishing. Most anglers are targeting fish moving near the bank and plunking with spin-n-glos.
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.
Beginning Oct. 1, fishing for Chinook is closed upstream of Hog Creek boat ramp to Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam. Try fishing with nightcrawlers, spinners, and side drifted roe. Nymphing flies is also very effective. Fishing for summer steelhead in the middle Rogue can be good about this time of year.
The Rogue River is open to trout fishing. Only hatchery trout can be retained and wild trout must be released unharmed. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead 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 fishing is closed from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam.
Note that beginning Nov. 1, the Rogue from Shady Cove to the deadline at Cole Rivers Hatchery opens to bait, lures and flies. Additionally, from Fishers Ferry boat ramp to the boat ramp at Shady Cove is open to flies and lures, but no bait. However, only fin-clipped fish may be retained and all un-marked fish must be released unharmed throughout the upper river. Consult the 2016 Oregon Sport fishing Regulations for more information.
Fishing pressure has been moderate in the upper Rogue and fishing has been very good. Anglers can keep five hatchery rainbow trout per day. Non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.
As of Nov. 22, a total of 2,554 summer steelhead have entered the hatchery, with 277 new fish entering for the week. Also, 1,076 coho have made their way back to the hatchery. Coho fishing can be decent between the hatchery and Casey. Only hatchery coho may be harvested. The outflow from Lost Creek reservoir as of Nov. 28 is 1,711 cfs.