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
6-23-2021
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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.  Back-bouncing with bait such as roe, roe and sandshimp, or even tuna bellies are good tickets. 

Trout fishing on the mainstem Rogue is open. Only adipose fin-clipped trout may be retained. Summer steelhead are starting to show and cutthroat fishing has been very good. 

As of June 16, two more winter steelhead entered the ladder at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing this year’s total to 1,558 fish and pretty close to being the end of the run. A nice push of 287 spring Chinook brought this years total to 542 fish, far below the long-term average. Twelve fresh summer steelhead also entered the ladder bringing the total to 24 fish for the year. The hatchery sort typically occurs on Wednesdays and new numbers weren’t available at the time of writing this report. However, staff indicated a couple hundred fish were likely in the ladder.                                                                                 

Flows continue to decrease this week from 2,300 cfs and are expected to reach 1800 cfs coming out of William L. Jess Dam by Wednesday morning. 

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 23rd

Siletz River: A Few Summer Steelhead and Spring Chinook are Starting To Show up
Detroit Reservoir: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With 4,200 Hatchery Trout
Junction City Pond: Construction Work at Junction City Pond Will Take Place Sometime in The Next Two Weeks
Quartzville Creek: This River Above Green Peter Reservoir Will Be Stocked Again This Week
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Hatchery Trout Harvest is Now Open Unitl Oct. 31
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: The River is Slowly Dropping and Will Contiune to Drop as Summer Progresses
Santiam River (South Fork): A Few Summer Steelhead Have Already Shown Up
Grande Ronde River: The Flows on the Grande Ronde Have Been Holding Out for Boating and Fishing Should be Picking Up
Imnaha River: The Flows are Currently Moderate and Conducive to Fishing
Wallowa Lake : Wallowa Lake Has Been Fishing Well For Kokanne
Wallowa River: Lower Expected Flows This Year Means the River SHould Fish Well Throughout the Next Few Weeks
Ana Reservoir: The Reservoir Was Stocked With 4,000 Rainbow Trout
Ana River: A Fisherman Reported Catching a 25-Inch Rainbow Trout in the River Recently!
Campbell Reservoir: Water Levels Are Low
Chewaucan River: The Water Is Already Starting To Approach Summer Flows
Gerber Reservoir: Targeting Yellow Perch is Your Best Bet
Holbrook Reservoir: No Recent Fishing Stories From This Reservoir
Upper Klamath Lake: Boat Ramps Are Open
Lofton Reservoir: Last Week People Were Catching Fish on the Bank With Lures
Sky Lakes Wilderness Lakes: All Lakes are Accessible
Sprague River: Fishing is Fair For Redband Trout
North Fork Sprague River: Flows Have Dropped Significantly to Around 33 cfs
Sun Creek: Fishing is Not Recommended at This Time. Flows Are At 11cfs
Willow Valley Reservoir: Best Fished From a Boat if You Can Launch
Wood River: Flows are a Little High Due to Flows in Annie Creek
Agate Lake: Agate Lake is at 61 Percent Capacity
Applegate Reservoir: Applegate Reservoir Has Been Fishing Well
Applegate River: The River is Again Open to Trout Fishing
Ben Irving Reservoir: Hot Weather Means a Good Number of Boaters on the Lake
Chetco River: Anglers May Want to Start Fishing Early Mornings or Evenings
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Anglers Have Been Doing Well At Cooper
Coos River: Boat and Bank Anglers are Still Catching Rockfish
Coquille River: Striped Bass Fishing Has Been Slow the Past Few Weeks
Diamond Lake: Anglers Continue to Catch Lots of Fish at Diamond
Eel Lake: Anglers Are Still Catching Tourt in Eel Lake
Elk River: Anglers Should Try to Fish Early or Late Evening
Emigrant Reservoir: Bass Fishing Should Be Fair to Good
Expo Pond: Fishing Will Only Likely Be Productive in the Mornings Here
Fish Lake : Fishing Has Been Very Good and Weather Great
Floras Lake: Anglers Should Try Fishing Early or Late in the Day
Galesville Reservoir: There Should be Lots of Trout Abailable for Anglers
Garrison Lake: Warmer Water and Lower Lake Levels Are Making Trout Fishing a Little Tough
Hemlock Lake: Anglers Have Been Doing Well
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie is Draining Quickly
Illinois River: The Illinois is Open to Trout Fishing
Laird Lake: Spinners or Flies Usually do Well Here
Medco Pond: Fishing Should Be Very Good
Plat I Reservoir: Bass Fishing Should Be Good
Rogue River- Lower: Most of the Fish are Being Picked Up Downstream of Hwy 101

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