ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Anglers have continued to pick up Chinook at a fairly regular pace in the estuary. Coho are just starting to show in the estuary. Anglers can only keep adipose fin-marked coho. The bay coho fishery will continue to get better through the end of the month and early October. Bank anglers are starting to fish around the mouth of Indian Creek trying to catch Chinook staging to move back to the hatchery. Indian Creek flows into the Rogue estuary approximately ½ mile upstream of Hwy 101.
Middle - Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall, and the flow at Grants Pass was 1190 cfs on Monday morning. The water temperature was averaging 61F, with a peak of 63F. Lots of summer steelhead are available, and fishing should be good. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos and release fish quickly. Anglers are reminded that the area from Hog Creek boat landing to the Fishers Ferry is closed to the harvest of Chinook salmon starting October 1, 2014.
Upper - The artificial fly season is underway on the upper Rogue, and summer steelhead fishing should be good. Anglers may want to try nymph patterns, or a big stonefly pattern in combination with a smaller nymph, or standard steelhead patterns. Trout fishing should be very good as well. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos and release fish quickly.
Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1080 cfs and the water temperature was 49°F the morning of September 29. The water temperature at Dodge Bridge was averaging about 53F with a peak of 56F. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 59F with a peak of 62F. As of Sept. 23, 1,251 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery (78 new for the week), and over 631 had been returned to the fishery downstream at the Gold Hill boat ramp.
Above Lost Creek - Trout are still available in the waters above Lost Creek Dam! Fish stocking has ended for the year upstream of Lost Creek, but fishing remains open and should be very good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.