Rogue River- Upper Fish Report for 9-16-2020
Upper Rogue River Report
Rogue River- Upper - Medford, OR (Jackson County)
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
All Chinook fishing is closed from Fishers Ferry upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. As of Sept. 1, the fly-only season is also in effect upstream of Fishers Ferry. No bait or added weights or attachments can be on your line. Spin-casters can employ a bubble or similar floating device, and a fly; this can be a very effective set-up when fished with a good presentation.
Jackson County Parks has closed some boat ramps due to the South Obenchain Fire. For a period of time Highway 62 was also closed though Shady Cove. Rogue Elk, Rogue Regional Park in Shady Cove, Dodge Bridge, and Takelma Boat Ramps are still closed as of 9/16/2020. Check out the Jackson County Parks website for when the ramps reopen.
Trout anglers are especially encouraged to harvest adipose-fin clipped trout in the upper reach of river. Summer steelhead should be picking up throughout the upper Rogue. Black and black/purple flies have been the ticket for some local fly anglers. Copper johns and egg imitations will begin getting hot as fish start keying into spawning salmon. Anglers should be very aware of spawning spring Chinook and their gravel nests called redds. Please do your best to not disturb these fish and do not walk on gravel nests.
For week of Sept 10, 85 new summer steelhead entered the hatchery, bringing the total to 895 fish for the year, down a bit from past years. 370 summer steelhead were recycled back downstream near the Denman Wildlife area and Touvelle State Park. Some of these fish are tagged with colored and numbered tags in their backs. Anglers should call 541-826-8774 ext. 226 if they catch these fish.
If you plan on releasing the fish, leave the tag in it, but please try and get a 4 digit number on the tag (please don’t report the phone number!!). Participants will be entered into a raffle for donated prizes including gift cards to a local sporting goods store and even a box of hand tied flies.
There were 79 new spring Chinook last week, bringing the total to 1,811 fish for the year. The collection pond is typically sorted on Wednesdays, and new numbers are typically available to the public by Thursday or Friday. Call into the Lost Creek Reservoir hotline or check the MyODFW.com fish counts page.
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.
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