Middle Rogue River Report

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


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
4-1-2021
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While most all neighboring streams are closing for steelhead on March 31, the Rogue will remains open all year. However, retention of wild steelhead closes April 30. To retain a wild fish, it must be a minimum of 24 inches long. Only 1 wild fish per day, and 3 per year zone wide in aggregate may be kept. 

Trout fishing on the Rogue also closes March 31, and reopens on May 22. This includes catch-and-release fishing. Any angler on the Rogue at this time will need to have in possession a valid combined angling tag, in addition to their fishing license.

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. 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 1,690 cfs and dropping and conditions clear with turbidity was 3 NTU and water temps approaching the low 50’s at the Grants Pass gauge station.

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.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, April 1st

Campbell Reservoir: Warmer weather this week might put bass on the bite
Gerber Reservoir: Lake is Ice Free
John C Boyle Reservoir: Yellow Perch Bite is Really Good This Time of Year
Upper Klamath Lake: Boat Ramps Are Open
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Report
Willow Valley Reservoir: Willow Valley Reservoir Report
Applegate River: Trout Season Re-Opens May 22
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Ice is Breaking Up
Hyatt Lake: Some Open Water Can Be Found
Illinois River: Steelhead and trout fishing closesd on March 31

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

Ana Reservoir: Ana Reservoir Report
Ana River: Recent fly-fishing reports indicate fishing has been slow
Campbell Reservoir: Warmer weather this weekend might put bass on the bite
Gerber Reservoir: Lake is Ice Free
Upper Klamath Lake: Catch Rates Are Low
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Report
Priday Reservoir: Stocked Last Week With 200 Trophy Rainbow Trout
Willow Valley Reservoir: Willow Valley Reservoir Report
Applegate Reservoir: Steelhead Fishing Will be Closed April 1st
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
Floras Lake: Floras Lake Report
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
Rogue River - Middle: Angler Are Picking Up Steelhead on A Regular Basis
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): Stocking is Scheduled Just Before Memorial Day
Sixes River: Mostly Clear Conditions Through The End of The Season
Alsea River: Steelhead Fishing Continues To Be Slow
Kilchis River: Fishable But on The Low Side
Necanicum River: LIttle Bump Over The Weekend
Nehalem River: Is Finally in Prime Condition
Nestucca River: Should Be Fishable All Week
Siletz River: Steelhead Fishing Did Improve Some This Week
Siuslaw River: Steelhead Fishing Has Been Slow
Trask River: Nice Bump in Level and Color
Wilson River: Steelhead Fishing Picked up Last Week
Clackamas River: Fishing is Beginning to Pick Up
Dexter Reservoir: Will Be Stocked This Week
Foster Reservoir: Trout Stocking Will Begin Next Week
Sandy River: Sandy River Report
Fall River: Anglers Reporting Good Fishing
Metolius River: Metolius River Report
Grande Ronde River: Grande Ronde Fishing Report
Imnaha River: River Conditions Are Excellent For Steelhead
Wallowa Lake : Anglers Are Starting to Catch Kokanee
Wallowa River: Steelhead Are Moving Upstream
Snake River: Snake River Below Hells Canyon Report