Currently Only Hatchery Steelhead and Hatchery Spring Chinook May Be Harvested

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


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
5-12-2021
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Currently only hatchery steelhead and hatchery spring Chinook may be harvested in the Rogue. But fishing for both may be better in the upper section of the river. 

Trout fishing on the Rogue is closed and reopens on May 22. This includes catch-and-release fishing for trout. 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, and not be targeting trout or half-pounder steelhead. Young wild and hatchery steelhead smolt are outmigrating currently and this regulation is designed to protect them.

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 afternoon the flow was 2,180 cfs, turbidity was 4 NTU and water temps ranging from the high 50s to low 60s. Flows have bumped up a bit in the last week to benefit migrating spring Chinook salmon and out-migrating smolts. Still, it is much lower than normal for this time of year.

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 Wednesday, May 12th

Fourmile Lake: The Lake is Very Low at 21 Percent Full
Snake River: Spring Chinook Season is Open
Imnaha River: High Flows During the Spring Will Make Fishing Difficult
Wallowa Lake : Wallowa Lake is Open
Wallowa River: Wallowa River can Fish Well For Trout as Long as Conditions Allow
Grande Ronde River: Snowmelt Causing High Flows and Difficult Fishing
Hat Rock Pond: 1,000 Legal Trout Stocked on April 14
Nestucca River: Spring Chinook Fishing is Slow
Tillamook Bay: Spring Chinook Fishing is Sporadic
Trask River: The Trask is a Little Slow and Water Conditions are Very Low Above Tidewater
Wilson River: Summer Steelhead Should Start Showing Up This Month
Applegate River: River Closed to Steelhead and Trout Fishing on March 31
Arizona Pond: This Pond is a Great Place For New Anglers to Learn Fishing Techniques
Ben Irving Reservoir: Reservoir was Stocked at the Beginning of March with 3,000 Rainbow Trout
Bradley Lake: Trophy Trout Were Stocked Last Month
Butterfield Lake: Trout Were Stocked Last Month
Coos River: Trout Fishing in Streams Will Open on May 22
Coquille River: Anglers Have Been Catching Striped Bass in the Upper End of Tidewater
Emigrant Reservoir: Bass Fishing Has Picked Up Recently
Expo Pond: Day Use Permits Are Required
Fish Lake : 4,500 Legal Rainbow Trout Were Stocked This Week
Floras Lake: Sunny Spring Weather has Brought the Water Temperature Up
Galesville Reservoir: Lots of Trout Available for Anglers!
Hemlock Lake: Fishing Should Be good
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Recently Received 5,000 Legal-Size Rainbow Trout
Hyatt Lake: Hyatt Lake Was Recently Stocked With 5,000 Legal Rainbow Trout
Illinois River: Steelhead and Trout Fishing Closed on March 31
Laird Lake: Lake was Stocked a Few Weeks Ago With Rainbow Trout
Lake Selmac: 3,000 Legal Trout Will Be Stocked This Week
Lost Creek Lake: The Takelma and Marina Ramp are Usable
Medco Pond: This Can Be A Great Little Pond For Bluegill Fishing With Kiddos
Powers Pond: Trophy Trout Were Stocked This Week
Rogue River- Lower: Anglers Have Had Success Picking Up Spring Chinook

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