The Hatchery Hole is Currently Closed to All Fishing

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

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.

Wild Chinook can be retained if caught below Dodge Bridge. No wild Chinook can be harvested upstream of Dodge Bridge at any point in the year. Beginning Aug. 1, Chinook fishing above Dodge Bridge closes through the remainder of the year, all the way to Cole Rivers Hatchery.

Anglers are still catching trout and summer steelhead. Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery Steelhead. 

Given current water levels, drift boat anglers should be aware of Rattlesnake Rapids between Dodge Bridge and Modoc. For the novice, tt’s a good idea to float this section with an experienced boat handler. The Denman Wildlife area on the Modoc access site is a good float if one doesn’t want to deal with Rattlesnake.

As of July 21, 161 spring Chinook brought this year’s total to 1,747 fish, far below the long-term average but closer to meeting broodstock needs. It’s likely around 70 percent of the Chinook return for the year has entered the hatchery. Ninety fresh summer steelhead also entered the ladder bringing the total to 585 fish for the year.

Flows coming out of William L. Jess Dam have bumped back up to 1,442 cfs and will remain relatively constant into mid-August. The upper river temperature is 53.9 degrees, typical for this time of year.

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 your support.

For the latest fish counts, call into the Lost Creek Reservoir hotline or check the 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 Thursday, July 29th
: ODFW Recreation Report
Ana Reservoir: Trolling lures or flies will do a great job catching fish in this clear reservoir
Ana River: Tui chub are abundant in the river therefore casting large flies or lures can be effective for catching larger fish
Beulah Reservoir: Beulah Reservoir is 16 percent full and draining fast
Blitzen River: Water temperatures are getting into the mid 70s at Page spring most days
Bully Creek Reservoir: Currently A Fish Die Off
Delintment Lake: No Recent Reports But Fishing Should Be Good
Upper Klamath Lake: Water temperatures are extreme on the water surface but much colder in deeper water
Sun Creek: Fishing not recommended at this time
Sycan River: The Bootleg Fire is throughout the river
Warm Springs Reservoir: Smallmouth bass fishing has been good recently
Williamson River: Williamson River Report
Yellowjacket Lake: Yellowjack Lake Update
Agate Lake: Conditions are deteriorating pretty quickly out here, and water clarity is an issue
Applegate Reservoir: All three boat ramps are open
Applegate River: The river is open to trout fishing
Arizona Pond: Best fishing is in the morning or evening
Ben Irving Reservoir: Better Fishing in The AM
: Despite the warm weather anglers are still catching trout
Elk River: Most anglers are fly-fishing or casting spinners
Emigrant Reservoir: The best success out here will be targeting warmwater fish
Fish Lake : Irrigation withdrawals are continuing to make Fish Lake drop quickly
Galesville Reservoir: Galesville is very low this year
Lake Selmac: Trout anglers will want to fish near the dam and off the bottom
Rogue River- Lower: Numerous summer steelhead are being caught

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