Rogue River - Middle Fish Report for 2-25-2021
Wild steelhead can now be retained in the whole Rogue basin
Rogue River - Middle - Grants Pass, OR (Josephine County)
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Wild steelhead can now be retained in the whole Rogue basin, as long as the fish is a minimum of 24 inches long. Only 1 wild fish per day, and 3 per year zone wide in aggregate may be kept.
More winter fish are showing in the fishery every day, but won’t really get rolling until March. Running plugs from a drift boat or drifting nightcrawlers or eggs, eggs/shrimp, soft beads, or yarn balls are all good bets.
With turbidity running at 5 NTU, temperatures in the mid 40s and a dropping river through at least mid-day Saturday, conditions are about as good as they’ve been all year. Fly anglers should have good conditions, along with side drifters and plugs from a boat.
Locally-owned and operated tackle and fly shops in Grants Pass have excellent gear and very fresh bait, local flies and knowledge that is specific to the Rogue and to your particular technique. Go check them out and offer them support during this time.
It is illegal to snag and keep a snagged fish, whether it’s wild or hatchery! Report violations to Oregon State Police by calling *OSP.
For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera. Anglers can check all the USGS gaging stations, which have the most current temperatures and river flows here.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Thursday, February 25th
Dog Lake: Yellow Perch Catches Are Measuring up to 14 Inches!
Applegate River: Anglers Reported Catching A Few Winter Fish
Diamond Lake: There Were A Few Anglers on The Lake But No Recent Report
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Cabins Are Currently Available
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Expect a sunny cold weekend and ice on the water
Illinois River: Conditions should be pretty prime through late week
Lake Selmac: Received 5,00 Rainbows 2/13
Lost Creek Lake: The Takelma ramp is currently the only ramp open and usable
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