Upper Rogue River Report

Rogue River- Upper - Medford, OR (Jackson County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ODFW

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

All public boat ramps and public access points are currently open on the upper Rogue, except the “hatchery hole,” which encompasses the area from Cole Rivers blocker dam to 1,200 feet downstream. 

Very good trout fishing can still be had from Rogue Elk upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery, but the salmonfly hatch is winding down. Trout anglers are especially encouraged to harvest adipose fin clipped trout in this reach of river.

Anglers targeting spring Chinook should consider going with a local guide. There are fish being caught right now. Only hatchery spring Chinook can be retained from dodge Bridge upstream to Cole Rivers hatchery from now through July 31. 

Beginning July 1 through August 31, wild fish may be retained above fishers ferry to Dodge Bridge. Fishing a sardine wrapped plug, or back-bouncing eggs, tipped with ghost shrimp are good bets right now. The fresher the bait the better. Large wobblers can be fished in deep holes right now by back rowing upstream, starting at the riffle tailout and working upriver. 

For week of 6/24/2020, 39 new summer Steelhead entered the hatchery, bringing the total to 73 fish for the year; it is still early in the run. For spring Chinook salmon, 151 new fish entered the hatchery, bringing the total to 836 fish for the year.

For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434. For real time streamflow from USGS gauges on the Rogue click here.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Applegate Reservoir: Reservoir is 53 % Full
Applegate River: Open For Trout Fishing
Arizona Pond: Arizona Pond Report
Ben Irving Reservoir: Ben Irving Reservoir Report
Chetco River: Water Conditions Have Been Very Good This Year
Coos River: Coos River Basin Report
Coquille River: Coquille River Fishing Report
Diamond Lake: Diamond Lake Fishing Report
Elk River: Elk River Report
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant Reservoir Fishing Report
Empire Lake Upper: Empire Lakes Report
Expo Pond: Expo Pond Fishing Report
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Fishing Report
Floras Lake: Best Accessed By Boat
Galesville Reservoir: Galesville Reservoir Report
Garrison Lake: Lots of Trout in The Lake!
Hemlock Lake: Recent Stockings
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie Reservoir Report
Hyatt Lake: Reservoir is 36 % Full
Illinois River: Illinois River Report
Lake Selmac: Lake Selmac Fishing Report
Lemolo Lake: Lemolo Reservoir Fishing Report
Lost Creek Lake: Exceptional Bass Fishing Going On
Plat I Reservoir: Plat I Reservoir Fishing Report
Rogue River- Lower: Lower Rogue River Fishing Report