ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Chinook are spread throughout the lower river and estuary. The Chinook fishery has been one of the best is recent years and should continue into October. Anglers are picking up a few coho trolling the bay. Coho numbers should continue to build through September. Boat and bank anglers are picking up Chinook side-drifting eggs in some of the deeper runs downstream of Agness.
Rogue flows are dropping this week and should really improve fishing conditions for summer steelhead and half pounders. The half pounder steelhead run is also doing very well. Anglers are picking up fish all through the lower river. Spinners or flies fished in the tail outs and head of pools is a good method to catch these fish.
Middle - Chinook angling is now closed from Hog Creek Boat Ramp to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Chinook fishing downstream of Hog Creek Boat Ramp is still open through the end of the year. Steelhead fishing should be good with the lower water. In the Grants Pass area, Steelhead anglers should be aware of spawning Chinook and their redds and try avoid these sensitive areas. The best bet for summer steelhead is drifted night crawlers, small roe or small yarn balls. They can also still be caught on a small k-9 or k-11 plug. Now is the time to start thinking about pulling out the fly rod and swing copper johns or egg imitations.
The river is also open for trout fishing. Five hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed.
Water levels have dropped to close to the lowest levels for the year.
Upper - Anglers are reminded that Chinook fishing is now closed from Hog Creek Boat Ramp (downstream of Grants Pass) to Cole Rivers Hatchery through Dec. 31. In addition, the artificial fly season is place on the upper Rogue. Summer steelhead fishing is still open and is providing an good opportunity in the upper river and should only get better with the progression of fall and as more late run summer steelhead show up. Trout are also available. Only hatchery rainbow trout and steelhead can be kept, while all cutthroat and wild trout and wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Anglers should be aware of spawning spring Chinook and not disturb these fish.
As of Sept 19, a total of 1,922 summer steelhead) have returned to Cole Rivers Hatchery. (Track the current return counts of fish to Cole Rivers Hatchery). The river discharge has also decreased to fall lows of 1,156 cfs. For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800472-2434.
Above Lost Creek - The weekly stocking of rainbow trout has ended, however, there have been reports of anglers doing very well in the river above the reservoir. Not a lot of angling pressure, especially toward the latter half of summer due to fires, and plenty of stocked trout are a recipe for a great time for those anglers willing to take a little drive!. Smoke should now be down with the recent rains, but there still could be some fire closures in effect. In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout.