ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Anglers trolling the Rogue Bay have been picking up Chinook on a regular basis. Chinook numbers in the bay will continue to rise all month as this is the beginning of the fall Chinook run.
Rain last weekend greatly improved water conditions in the lower river. Anglers should do fairly well on summer steelhead and even some chinook until river temperatures get back into the 70s.
Surf perch fishing continues to be good. The easiest place to catch a few is off the sand spit at the mouth of the Rogue River.
Middle - Summer steelhead and spring Chinook are available. With the cooler weather this past week, there are reports of more late run spring Chinook. Angler pressure was low, rafting pressure high, but those willing to put the time in were rewarded. Between Fishers Ferry and Dodge Bridge spring Chinook have been being caught. As of July 1, anglers are able to keep both hatchery and wild Chinook per zone regulations downstream from Dodge Bridge.
The Rogue River is open to trout angling. Only hatchery trout can be retained. Wild trout must be released unharmed. Trout over 16 inches are considered steelhead in streams and must be tagged as part of the daily salmon/steelhead catch as per zone regulations.
The flow at Grants Pass as of Tuesday morning was 1670 cfs, the water temperature was 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Upper - On July 1, excess hatchery fish were recycled back into the fishery at Modoc boat access. A total of 70 spring Chinook and 53 summer steelhead were released. Anglers are catching a few spring Chinook by drifting or back-bouncing bait or drift-bobbers, or backtrolling quickfish. As of July 1, anglers are able to keep both hatchery and wild Chinook per zone regulations downstream from Dodge Bridge. Upstream from that point, only hatchery Chinook with clipped adipose fins may be retained.
Anglers have been doing well on early run summer steelhead. This fishery should improve significantly over the next few weeks. Anglers can keep two hatchery steelhead per day.
Trout fishing has been good. Anglers can keep five hatchery rainbow trout per day. Non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.
As of July 6 a total of 1,606 spring Chinook had been collected at Cole Rivers, with 211 new arrivals for the week. A total of 434 early run summer steelhead have also entered the hatchery, with 183 new fish entering for the week. The flow at Gold Ray was 1,820 cfs and the water temperature was 59o F on Tuesday morning. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1,600 cfs at 53oF on July 11.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking legal-sized rainbow trout each week in the Rogue River upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir. Trout are stocked at most of the campgrounds and bridge crossings between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek. This area offers good trout fishing, easy access, beautiful scenery, numerous Forest Service campgrounds, and cooler temperatures making this a great destination throughout the week and weekends. Spinners tipped with nightcrawler, or fished by themselves work great up here. It is also a good place for the novice fly angler to try their luck at nymph fishing under an indicator.