ROGUE RIVER: Lower - Bank anglers have been picking up a few steelhead plunking.
Middle - Try fishing with nightcrawlers, spinners, and side drifted roe. Nymphing flies is also very effective. Pressure has been light and fishing has been slow to fair. Only hatchery steelhead may be retained upstream of the boat ramp at Hog Creek. However, from the mouth of the Rogue upstream to Hog Creek, wild steelhead greater than 24 inches in length may be retained.
The Rogue River is open to trout fishing. Only hatchery trout can be retained and wild trout must be released unharmed. Rainbow trout over 16-inches are considered steelhead and must be tagged as part of the daily salmon/steelhead catch as per zone regulations.
Upper - Pressure has been light for steelhead and fishing has been slow to fair. Anglers can keep 5 hatchery rainbow trout per day. Non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be immediately released unharmed.
As of Dec. 28, a total of 3,639 summer steelhead have entered the hatchery, with 36 new fish entering for the week. The average outflow from Lost Creek reservoir as of Jan. 3 is 1,150 cfs.
The upper Rogue is currently covered in snow; however, there are fish and if you find a safe place to do some fishing try using bait as the trout are slow to move due to very cold water temperatures.