ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Salmon fishing in the bay continues to be pretty good. The majority of salmon are being caught downstream of Hwy. 101. Anglers are mainly using anchovies or anchovies rigged with a spinner blade. Bank anglers have been picking up Chinook on a regular basis fishing from the North jetty or the sand spit. Some of the best lures have been spinners or spoons.
Summer steelhead and half pounder steelhead starting moving in good numbers as water temperatures in the river dropped a few degrees. Spinners or flies are tend to work the best.
ODFW has started seining the lower Rogue River at Huntley Park (river mile 8) to monitor escapement of steelhead, Chinook, and coho. The project runs from mid-July to the end of October. Anglers interested in what is being caught can visit ODFWs website and look under Fish Counts for two week updates.
Middle - Chinook and Summer Steelhead are available. Chinook angling reports have come in from above and below the Grants Pass Area, with anglers using corkies, back trolled plugs, and back bounced roe. Plugs wrapped with sardine fillet or tuna have had the best luck. Summer steelhead being caught are on plugs, spinners, and drifted night crawlers right now.
The river is also open for trout fishing. Five hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed.
As of mid-day Tuesday, the flow at Grants Pass was 2,210 cfs, and the water temperature was at 63 oF.
Upper - Anglers are still reminded that the closure of Chinook fishing upstream of Dodge Bridge began Aug. 1. Anglers can still fish for Chinook in the river below Dodge Bridge, and summer steelhead are available throughout the river. Trout are also available and fishing can be very good for trout in the summer months. Only hatchery rainbow trout can be kept, while all cutthroat and wild trout must be released unharmed.
As of Aug. 10, a total of 1,266 summer steelhead (350 new fish last week) and 3,690 spring Chinook (516 new last week) have returned to Cole Rivers Hatchery. (Track the hatchery returns at fish returns to Cole Rivers). As of Monday, Aug. 14, the outflow from Lost Creek averaged 2,403 cfs. The water temperature in the river at release was 56oF. The flow at Gold Ray is 2,550 cfs with a temperature averaging 62oF on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
The weekly stocking of rainbow trout in the Rogue River above the reservoir has begun and will continue through the summer. This should make this section of the river a great place to catch some fish, and a great place to go to avoid the heat in the valley. In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout.