ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Anglers are picking up a few winter steelhead.
Middle - Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall, and the flow at Grants Pass was 2,960 cfs on Monday morning. The water temperature was averaging about 48F. Summer steelhead are available, and fishing should be good. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos, and release fish quickly. Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be harvested.
Anglers are reminded that the area from Hog Creek boat landing to the Fishers Ferry boat ramp is closed to the harvest of Chinook salmon starting Oct. 1, 2014.
Upper - Anglers are reminded that beginning Nov. 1, the river opens to the use of lures and bait as well as flies upstream of the Shady Cove boat ramp to the deadline at Cole Rivers Hatchery. Also beginning Nov. 1, from Fishers Ferry boat ramp upstream to the Shady Cove boat ramp, the river opens to the use of lures as well as flies. Consult the synopsis for more information. Anglers may want to try nymph patterns, or a big stonefly pattern in combination with a smaller nymph, or standard steelhead patterns. All other trout must be released unharmed. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos and release fish quickly. Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be harvested.
A recent shot of rain brought the river up and likely brought in a fresh batch of steelhead. Fishing in the upper reaches of the river has been very good for steelhead. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2009 cfs and the water temperature was 46F the morning of Dec. 1. water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 47F. As of Nov 26, 2,224 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.
Above Lost Creek - Trout are still available in the waters above Lost Creek Dam! Fish stocking has ended for the year upstream of Lost Creek, but fishing remains open and should be very good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber.
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.