Starting July 1 until lifted, all fishing is closed from Lobster Creek upstream to Hog Creek

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 fishing contest is underway and will go through September 5. Find more information at the top of the zone report or by calling 541-826-8774 ext. 72411. Pikeminnow anglers can check in fish every Sunday through Sept. 5, from noon to 4 p.m. at Wildlife Images or Riverside Park (at the Vista Drive access, upstream portion of park). Participation has thus far been low, and it’s anybody’s game for catching the most and largest pikeminnow. There are separate categories for youth and adult.

Hatchery steelhead and hatchery trout may be harvested in the Rogue throughout the basin. Wild Chinook salmon may be retained up to Dodge Bridge through Aug. 31.

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.

In anticipation of the week’s heat wave and fall Chinook entering the lower and middle Rogue, the flows have been bumped up slightly this week and arrived at the Grants Pass area this morning. Tuesday morning the flow was 1,470cfs, turbidity was 2 NTU and water temp 62 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.

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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, August 12th, 2021
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Detroit Reservoir: The reservoir has been stocked several times in recent weeks
Eagle Creek: “Hoot owl” restrictions remain in effect, which means no fishing after 2 p.m.
Fern Ridge Reservoir: Fern Ridge Reservoir Fishing Report
Olallie Lake: Currently Open
Sandy River: “Hoot owl” restrictions remain in effect, which means no fishing after 2 p.m.
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Timothy Lake: Trout fishing has been good
Trillium Lake: Trillium Lake Report
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Kilchis River: Cutthroat trout are available throughout the Kilchis River
Nehalem River: “Summer” Chinook fishing picked up on Nehalem Bay this week
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Fish Lake : Irrigation withdrawals have stopped for the most part
Illinois River: Emergency regulations change
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