ROGUE RIVER: Lower - With December around the corner, anglers may want to start thinking steelhead. One of the best methods to target winter steelhead is plunking a Spin n Glo off bank. Before heading out, anglers will want to check river flows and fish when flows are dropping.
Middle - Hatchery coho salmon and summer steelhead are available. One report listed red-colored plugs as producing the best success for boat anglers between Grants Pass and Grave Creek. Spinners, spoons and nightcrawlers caught fish for bank anglers.
Upper - Beginning Nov. 1 and continuing for the rest of the year, fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures from the Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp upstream to the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park. Bait is allowed upstream of the Shady Cove boat ramp.
The river discharge from Lost Creek Reservoir is 2440 cfs and 45 degrees F on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Releases and river flows will increase with the storms predicted this week, but warmer temperatures should help fishing success. For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434.