Anglers Are Mostly Targeting Spring Chinook

Rogue River- Upper - Medford, OR (Jackson County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
6-2-2021
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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.

Anglers are mostly targeting spring Chinook in the upper River right now. Only hatchery Chinook may be retained. Plugs wrapped with an anchovy/herring are usually the ticket. There are still hatchery steelhead around as well.

Trout fishing on the Rogue opened last Saturday, May 22. The salmon fly hatch has been spotty and the increase in water flows due to the recent heat wave has likely slowed them a bit. The hatch is starting to move upstream though of Shady Cove. Some anglers have done very well on trout in the Takilma area as well, including reports of some early hatchery summer steelhead. You may even get lucky and get an adult steelhead to rise to the dry this time of year!

The Holy Water is beginning to see a few salmon flies in the area. This 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 26, 10 more winter steelhead entered the ladder at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing this year’s total to 1,551fish. Additionally, 15 spring Chinook also entered the ladder at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing the year’s total to 127 fish. No summer Steelhead were yet in the ladder.                                                                         

Flows have been increasing over the last week with 2,893 cfs coming out of the dam. The McCloud gauge is reading 2,900 cfs with temperatures in the low 50s.

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, June 2nd
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Green's Bridge gate to close and require key access; beware of obstructions on lower Santiam River
: This weekend, June 5th & 6th, is Free Fishing Weekend!
: ODFW braces for drought: Fish stocking changes and possible emergency regulations are expected
Nestucca River: Spring Chinook Fishing is Slow
Campbell Reservoir: Campbell Reservoir Report
Gerber Reservoir: Water Temps Are Increasing Fast
Siltcoos Lake: Warm Weather and Summer-Like Conditions Have the Warmwater Fisheries in the Mid-Coast at Full Swing
Holbrook Reservoir: Stocked Recently
Siletz River: A Few Summer Steelhead and Spring Chinook are Starting To Show up
John C Boyle Reservoir: Water Temps Have Warmed to 70 Degrees
Tillamook Bay: Spring Chinook Fishing Slowed This Weekend
Upper Klamath Lake: Water Clarity Continues to Improve
Trask River: The Trask Continued to Be Fair For Spring Chinook
Wilson River: Fishing on The Wilson Remains Slow
Lofton Reservoir: Stocked Recently
Alton Baker Canoe Canal: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 1,000 Legal-Size and 200 Pound Size Rainbow Trout
Sprague River: Fishing is fair for redband trout with an occasional brown trout
Blue River: Was Last Stocked The Week of May 24 With 1,100 Rainbow Trout
Wood River: Flows Are A Little High
Coast Fork Willamette River: Was Last Stocked the Week of May 17 With 1,000 Legal-Size Rainbow Trout
Grande Ronde River: Flows Have Been Good
Detroit Reservoir: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 4,200 Hatchery Trout
EE Wilson Angling Pond: The Pond Will be Stocked for a Final Time This Week With About 850 Hatchery Trout
John Day River: Flows Are Unusually Low
Fall Creek: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 1,300 Legal-Size Trout
Fern Ridge Reservoir: The Reservoir is Done Filling and All Boat Ramps are Currently Available
Foster Reservoir: The Reservoir Was Stocked Last Week With About 2,700 Trout
Bradley Lake: Stocked With Trophy Trout Last Month
Gold Lake: Gold Lake is Now Open For The Season!!
Chetco River: Chetco River Report
Green Peter Reservoir: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 7,700 Trout
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Scheduled to Be Stock This Week
Junction City Pond: Pond Will Be Stocked This Week for The Last Time This Season With About 1,000 Hatchery Trout
Diamond Lake: Producing Some Nice Trout
Elk River: Trout season opened May 22
McKenzie River: Was Last Stocked The Week of May 24 With 3,800 Legal-Size Rainbow Trout
Middle Fork Willamette: Spring Chinook Are Still Coming Over the Falls
Quartzville Creek: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 1,200 Legal-Size Trout
Empire Lake Lower: Empire Lakes Fishing Report
Floras Lake: Floras Lake Report
Garrison Lake: Fishing Conditions Are Prime
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: The Highway Along the Upper North Santiam has Re-Opened
Santiam River (South Fork): A Few Summer Steelhead Have Already Shown Up
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Draining Quickly
Walling Pond: About 1,500 Trout Are Going to be Stocked in Walling This Week
Hyatt Lake: Stocked Recently
Illinois River: Open Again For Trout Fishing
Lemolo Lake: Fishing Should Be Great
Snake River (Clearwater River to Hells Canyon Dam): Spring Chinook Have Arrived and Catch Rates Have Been Modest
Rogue River- Lower: Bank Anglers Still Having Success
Rogue River - Middle: Middle Rogue River Report

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