ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Steelhead fishing has been good for plunkers as the river drops and clears. Boat anglers anchoring close to the bank and running plugs or spin-n-glos are picking up a few fish, but will do better as the river clears. Anglers will want to check flows before heading out and try to fish as the river is dropping and clearing. No reports of spring Chinook, but some lucky angler will be putting that first springer of the year on the bank in the next couple weeks.
Middle - Success has increased through this section and anglers should expect more fish to move into this area and fishing should only get better over the next couple of weeks. Anglers can have success casting flies, drifting night crawlers, casting spinners like a Panther Martin with a black body and gold blade, plugs (black, red or purple), and puff balls with roe or shrimp. The flow at Grants Pass was 4050 cfs and the water temperature peaked at 46.5°F on Feb. 24.
Upper - Reports indicate fish are being caught and the fishing will only get better as we move into March. Keep in mind the Rogue from Casey State Park to the hatchery will remain clear and provides a great opportunity for steelhead fishing when the rest of the river is blown out.
The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2400 cfs (temperature 41.5°F), while the flow at Gold Ray was 3450 cfs with a peak water temperature 44°F on Feb. 24. At Cole Rivers, 131 summer steelhead entered the hatchery the week of Feb. 17, bringing the total to 2552. Ninety-six winter steelhead entered the collection pond bringing the total to 158. That is the second highest total to date for winter steelhead returns in the last ten years so anglers should expect many more fish. Anglers should be careful when releasing fish, doing so quickly while keeping the fish in the water.
Above Lost Creek - This reach of the Rogue is open to trout fishing year-round. Best fall fishing will likely be found on the mainstem along Highway 62 and 230 for stocked rainbow trout, especially near release sites.