ROGUE RIVER: Lower - September is a good time to be fishing the Rogue Bay as Chinook start moving in, along with coho. Indian Creek Hatchery chinook will also start showing in September and bank anglers fishing near the mouth of Indian Creek can do well. Steelhead fishing has been fair.
Middle -ases from Lost Creek Reservoir are stabilizing this week at low levels for the fall. Flows in Grants measured around 1,020 cfs on Tuesday morning, and the water temperature averaged 62F. Fall Chinook fishing is fair in the middle Rogue on backbounced roe sardine-wrapped Kwikfish, or spoons. Summer steelhead are also available. For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Divisions website offers information on NTUs at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.
Upper - Fishing for summer steelhead is good on the upper Rogue on fish scattered throughout the river. The artificial fly season is now underway in the Rogue upstream of Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp.
Anglers can fish for steelhead and trout with the gear restrictions described in the special regulations. As of Sept 18, a total of 1,652 summer steelhead (123 new for the week) have been collected at Cole Rivers Hatchery. The flow at Gold Ray was 1,140 cfs on Tuesday morning, and the water temperature averaged 62F.
With the passing of Labor Day weekend, trout stocking in the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir has ended for the year, but anglers should expect good fishing to continue. More trout were released at each site this year since the upper sites could not be stocked due to fire closures. Casting bait or flies on light line should produce fish.