Winter Fish Are in The Mix

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Winter fish are in the mix up here and will be increasing in the coming weeks. Wild steelhead can now be retained in the entire Rogue basin, as long as the fish is a minimum of 24 inches long. Only 1 wild fish per day, and 3 per year SW Zone wide in aggregate may be kept. Wild trout must still be released. 

The Rogue is one of the few places where trout fishing is open this time of year, but it will close on March 31 before it reopens May 22. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released during open trout fishing. Trout anglers are especially encouraged to harvest adipose-fin clipped trout in the upper reach of river during open seasons. From April 1 though May 22, trout fishing is closed. This is to protect outmigrating wild Steelhead and Coho smolts. This regulation applies to catch-and-release trout angling as well.

As of Feb. 3, 3 new winter steelhead entered the ladder, bringing this year’s total to 18 fish. 

Locally-owned and operated tackle and fly shops in Medford, Shady Cove, and Ashland 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.

For the latest fish counts, call into the Lost Creek Reservoir hotline or check the 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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