Angler Are Picking Up Steelhead on A Regular Basis

Rogue River - Middle - Grants Pass, OR (Josephine County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
3-26-2021
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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. 

Anglers are picking up winter steelhead on a pretty regular basis. The action isn’t exactly red hot, but there are fish in the system. More winter fish are showing in the fishery every day. If targeting water below the Applegate River, you’ll get the chance to target both Rogue and Applegate hatchery fish. Running plugs from a drift boat or drifting nightcrawlers or eggs, eggs/shrimp, soft beads, or yarn balls are all good bets.

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.

Wednesday morning the flow was 1,850 cfs, turbidity was 3 NTU and water temps in the mid to upper 40s at the Grants Pass gauge station. Conditions look very good for the foreseeable future.

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.




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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Friday, March 26th

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Gerber Reservoir: Lake is Ice Free
Upper Klamath Lake: Catch Rates Are Low
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Ben Irving Reservoir: Fishing Should Still Be Good
Chetco River: Peak Spawning is Right Around The Corner
Coquille River: Steelhead Fishing is Virtually Done For The Year
Elk River: Anglers Have Been Doing Pretty Well
Emigrant Reservoir: Trout Stocking Has Been Postponed Until April
Fish Lake : Ice Fishing is Probably on Hold This Weekend
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Garrison Lake: Stocked Earlier This Month
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Fishing Has Been Slow
Illinois River: Conditions Are Looking Good
Lost Creek Lake: Reservoir is 64% Full

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