ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Anglers are continuing to pick up steelhead either from boats or the bank. No reports of spring chinook, but anglers are starting to target chinook in the hopes of getting the first of the year.
Reports are the Rogue around Grants Pass fished very well over the weekend with plenty of fresh wild and hatchery steelhead caught. The water temperature was 45.5°F, with a flow of 1,890 cfs, on Monday. 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.
The release from Lost Creek Reservoir has decreased to 1,050 cfs. The good news for upper Rogue anglers is the water coming out Lost Creek is the cleanest it has been since the pre-Christmas rain event. Late summer steelhead and winter steelhead are available for anglers. The flow at Gold Ray was 1,840 cfs on Tuesday. The temperature was 44°F on Monday. As of Feb. 17, a total of 3,484 summer steelhead have entered Cole Rivers Hatchery, with 33 new for the week. A total of 247 winter steelhead have been collected with 94 new for the week.