Summer steelhead fishing has been very good

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Bait can again be used in the entire Rogue from the mouth upstream to Fishers Ferry.  

Chinook fishing is now closed upstream of Hog Creek boat ramp through the remainder of the year.  

Summer steelhead fishing has been very good. Most summer Steelhead in this area should be starting to stage from Rogue River up through Gold Hill. There still may be some fish caught in the Galice to Grants Pass section as well. Up to 2 hatchery steelhead as part of the daily combined salmon/steelhead bag limit and 5 hatchery trout may be retained.

Coho salmon are in the system and anglers have been doing very well.  nly hatchery coho may be retained. Coho will have bright white gums and ridges along their tail fin that can usually be felt with your fingers. Anglers often fish for coho with purple, pink and black jigs under bobbers.  

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.

Expect river flows to continue dropping through the weekend. There’s really no appreciable rain forecast to bump flows. USGS Grants Pass gage was reading 1,690 cfs on Wednesday morning. Temperatures are in the high 40s, with turbidity at 3 NTU. 

For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s websiteoffers 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.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, November 18th, 2021
: ODFW Recreation Report
Ana Reservoir: Trolling lures or flies will also do a great job catching fish
Ana River: Tui chub are abundant in the river
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is very turbid from recent wind and storms
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Sky Lakes Wilderness Lakes: All lakes were stocked this summer by helicopter
Sun Creek: Fishing not recommended at this time
Fish Lake : Lake is filling nicely
Lost Creek Lake: Trout fishing should be good

Fall is a good time for catching large catfish
Wohlford Lake

The park remains closed to visitors and fisherman alike during the weekdays. We are still open on weekends. We will...... Read More