ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Anglers have started picking up fall chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.
Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.
Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.
Middle - Anglers are catching summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. A decrease in the release from Lost Creek Reservoir will mean much lower river flows for the next several weeks. The flow at Grants Pass was 1560 cfs and the water temperature was 67°F on July 15.
Upper - Anglers are catching spring Chinook and summer steelhead in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.
Beginning July 1, anglers can keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.
Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released.
The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1512 cfs and the water temperature was 53°F the morning of July 14. The flow at Gold Ray was 1530 cfs and water temperature was 62°F. As of July 9, 6624 spring Chinook and 321 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.
Above Lost Creek - Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with over 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout each week. 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.