ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Slow. Most anglers are fishing the estuary around the mouth of Indian Creek for chinook returning to the hatchery. This time of year can be really good for half-pounders and late summer steelhead with the low flows the Rogue is experiencing. Anglers may want to focus around areas with chinook spawning as half-pounders will be feeding on any eggs that float downstream.
Middle - Steelhead fishing should be good in the middle river. Anglers can have success casting flies, drifting nightcrawlers, or casting spinners like a Panther Martin with a black body and gold blade. The flow at Grants Pass was 1630 cfs, and the water temperature peaked at 48F on Nov 25. Fishing in the Grants Pass area has been fair to good.
Anglers are reminded that all non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead must be released unharmed, and to avoid disturbing spawning chinook salmon while fishing. Anglers should be careful when releasing fish, doing so quickly while keeping the fish in the water.
The Rogue River is open for trout fishing; however, only adipose fin-clipped rainbow may be kept. All non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed.
Upper - Steelhead fishing has improved with a change in weather. The best time to fish this time of year is midday. Anglers have been picking up fish on bait (where allowed), lures and flies, and good reports have been received from the upper portion of the river. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1153 cfs (temperature 44F), while the flow at Gold Ray was 1600 cfs with a peak water temperature 47F on Nov 25. A total of 1,511 summer steelhead, have entered Cole Rivers Hatchery as of Nov 25.
Currently, from Fishers Ferry boat ramp to the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park, the river is open to the use of lures, as well as flies, but the use of bait is still prohibited. From the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park to the deadline at Cole Rivers Hatchery, the use of bait, lures and flies is allowed. Harvest remains restricted to adipose fin clipped fish. Consult the synopsis for more information on regulations.
Anglers should be careful when releasing fish, doing so quickly while keeping the fish in the water. Anglers are also reminded to avoid disturbing spawning chinook while fishing.
Trout fishing is always a good bet on the upper Rogue. Only adipose fin-clipped rainbow may be kept. All non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed.
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. The area near Hamaker Campground also can be very good in fall. Most anglers fish either PowerBait or salmon eggs on light gear, although casting spinners and flies will work as well.