Chinook fishing is closed from Fishers Ferry upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery through the end of the year

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Chinook fishing is closed from Fishers Ferry upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery through the end of the year.

Beginning Sept. 1, all fishing gear from Fishers Ferry to Cole Rivers hatchery is restricted to artificial flies, with no added weights except for a bubble or similar floating device attached to the line. No bait is allowed.

Anglers are catching trout and summer steelhead. Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery steelhead. Summer steelhead season appears better than last year and should only improve through September. Anglers are encouraged to be mindful of spawning spring Chinook salmon and avoid disturbing these fish as they spawn over the next month. Be mindful of redds (salmon nests) that can be found along river margins and at tailouts. River flows will be lower than normal as well, so drift boats and rafts may drag bottom in places. Please watch for redds or avoid spawning congregations as much as possible.

Fly-anglers are doing well with slightly subsurface flies and muddlers. As September gets going, copper johns and egg patterns will start producing. Traditional nymphs always work as well whether fished with a sink tip or under an indicator. For spin or bait casting reels, this is the time to get out and perfect your “bug and bubble” technique. 

As of September 1, 45 spring Chinook entered the hatchery ladder, bringing this year’s total to 2,034 fish. Fish will continue to trickle in for the next month or so. The hatchery has met its spring Chinook broodstock needs.

Also as of September 1, 73 fresh summer steelhead also entered the ladder bringing the total to 1,042 fish for the year. This is roughly a third of the run if long-term averages persist. Expect a re-run of hatchery fish not needed for broodstock soon.                                                                        

Flows coming out of William L. Jess Dam will continue to drop through the remainder of the week and should level out at 1000 cfs on the Sept. 10. This is to facilitate water saving in the reservoir and spring Chinook spawning activity.

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.

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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, September 9th

Beulah Reservoir: Beulah Reservoir is Now Dry
Blitzen River: Carp Fishing Open One More Week
Campbell Reservoir: Water levels are extremely low
Chickahominy Reservoir: Chickahominy Reservoir is now dry
Gerber Reservoir: Targeting yellow perch continues to be your best bet
John C Boyle Reservoir: A few largemouth bass and crappie are being caught
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is 4.7 feet below full pool and 32 percent full
Krumbo Reservoir: There may be cyanobacteria present so avoid swimming
Lake Of The Woods: This is a good time to chase largemouth bass in the lake
Warm Springs Reservoir: Warm Springs reservoir is now dry.
Williamson River: Fishing has been good
Wood River: Wood River Fishing Report
Applegate Reservoir: The only useable boat ramp at Applegate Reservoir is the French Gulch Boat Ramp
Applegate River: The river is open to trout fishing
Ben Irving Reservoir: Ben Irving hasn’t been stocked with trout in a while
Chetco River: A few anglers are starting to troll the estuary for salmon
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Cooler nights should get the bite to come on
Eel Lake: Anglers are still catching a few trout this past weekend
Elk River: Temporary rule changes for Chinook are now in place
Emigrant Reservoir: The best success out here will be targeting warmwater fish
Fish Lake : The current lake level is 15 percent full and is slowly filling
Floras Lake: Anglers should try fishing early or late in the day
Galesville Reservoir: The reservoir is about 10 feet above the lowest height on record
Lemolo Lake: Anglers have also reported catching tiger trout
Rogue River- Lower: The Rogue Bay has been busy with anglers
Rogue River - Middle: ODFW has lifted the 2 p.m. fishing closure between Lobster and Hog creeks

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