Emergency Drought Regulations:

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Emergency Drought Regulations:

Starting July 1 until lifted, all fishing is closed from Lobster Creek upstream to Hog Creek from 2 p.m. until 1 hour before sunrise due to low water and elevated river temperatures. 

The Rogue Pikeminnow Roundup is underway. Find more information at the top of the zone report or by calling 541-826-8774 ext. 72411

Hatchery steelhead and hatchery trout may be harvested in the Rogue throughout the basin. Wild Chinook salmon may be retained up to Dodge Bridge.

Anglers are picking up summer Steelhead via drift boat from Gold Hill to Rogue River. The Grants Pass floats from Baker to Robertson Bridge are also picking up the occasional summer steelhead. 

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 morning the flow was 1,150 cfs, turbidity was 2 NTU and water temp 64.5 degrees and expected to reach 70/71 degrees.

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