Hatchery Hole is Currently Closed to All Fishing Through July 31

Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek) - Prospect, OR (Josephine County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
5-12-2021
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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 angling. 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 should not be actively targeting and angling for trout.

This regulation is designed to protect out-migrating wild steelhead smolts. There are also hatchery steelhead smolts actively out-migrating at this time. Those anglers wishing to target the salmon fly hatch should be starting to look toward the Holy Water. It is still a bit early, but to get your trout fix, please head to the Holy Water or wait two more Saturdays for the mainstem to open to trout.  

The Holy Water, the reach of Rogue between William L. Jess Dam and the Cole Rivers Hatchery blocker dam is open year-round to trout fishing and is restricted to catch-and-release, fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Please consider filling out voluntary creel cards in this reach of river at one of the eight check stations.

As of May 4, 95 new winter steelhead entered the ladder at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing this year’s total to 1,453 fish. Additionally, 14 hatchery spring Chinook also entered the ladder at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing the year’s total to 16 fish.  

Flows have been increasing over the last week and should be 1,800 cfs by noon on Wednesday. 

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.




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
Rogue River - Middle: Currently Only Hatchery Steelhead and Hatchery Spring Chinook May Be Harvested

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