Rogue River- Upper Fish Report for 5-5-2021
The Hatchery Hole is Closed to All Fishing Through July 31
Rogue River- Upper - Medford, OR (Jackson County)
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
The Hatchery Hole, which encompasses the reach of river from Cole Rivers Hatchery Blocker Dam to 1,200 feet downstream, is currently closed to ALL FISHING through July 31. In the remainder of the upper Rogue, only hatchery steelhead and hatchery spring Chinook can be retained.
Trout fishing on the Rogue is also closed until May 22. This includes catch-and-release trout anglers. 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.
As of April 28, 239 new winter steelhead entered the ladder at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing this year’s total to 1,358 fish. The first two hatchery spring Chinook also entered the ladder at Cole Rivers Hatchery.
The upper river will continue to be the place to fish in the coming weeks with winter steelhead still in the mix, and spring Chinook salmon starting to show.
Flows have increased back up to 1,350 cfs being released from Lost Creek Reservoir, still extremely low for this time of the year. Be aware of this if floating a drift boat, as navigational channels have gotten a bit tight. Make sure you can row and read water or float with an experienced boat handler!
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 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.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Wednesday, May 5th
Ana Reservoir: Will Be Stocked This Week
Ana River: The River is Spring Fed and Can Be Fished Year-Round
Campbell Reservoir: Snow Drifts Impacting Access
Chewaucan River: Access is Available to the Chewaucan Upstream of Paisley
Cottonwood Reservoir: Large Drifts of Snow Impacting Access
Duncan Reservoir: Low Reservoir and Will Not Get Stocked This Year
Upper Klamath Lake: Open All Year
Lake Of The Woods: Excellent Fishing
Sky Lakes Wilderness Lakes: All Lakes are Mostly Inaccessible Due to Snow
North Fork Sprague River: Open Year Round But Access Might be Difficult Due to Snow in Upper River
Sun Creek: Fishing is Not Recommended at This Time
Sycan River: Open All Year
Thompson Valley Reservoir: Reservoir was Stocked the Week of April 9
Willow Valley Reservoir: Largemouth Bass Fishing Can be Good in May
Ben Irving Reservoir: Reservoir was Stocked at the Beginning of March
Diamond Lake: Time To Go Fishing!
Galesville Reservoir: Lots of Trout Available!
Hemlock Lake: Fishing Should Be good
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Recently Received 5,000 Rainbow Trout
Hyatt Lake: Recently Stocked With 5,000 Legal Rainbow Trout
Medco Pond: Received 2,000 Leagal Rainbow Trout Two Weeks Ago
Rogue River- Lower: Fishing Pressure has Increased
Rogue River - Middle: Trout Fishing on the Rogue is Closed and Reopens on May 22
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Thursday, April 29th
Willamette River: Two rods allowed in upper Willamette starting May 1
: ODFW Recreation Report
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