Rogue River Middle Fishing Report

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 and there’s still reports of some fresher late summer fish continuing to show up. Most summer Steelhead in this area should be starting to stage near the mouths of tributaries. 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 about done, but considering the low flows for the fall, many fish have not made it up to their spawning grounds yet. They will likely be staging in the vicinities of large tributary mouths. Wild fish should be released unharmed and care should be taken to keep them in the water as much as possible. Hatchery fish should be on the move toward the hatchery but most of the run should be to the hatchery by now.

Cole Rivers Hatchery recycled the last group of re-run summer steelhead just before Thanksgiving at the Modoc Access on the Denman Wildlife Area. These fish have a hole punch in their left gill plate. Anglers are reporting catching these fish throughout the upper river and fishing should be good for a few more weeks.

As of Dec. 8, the total summer steelhead for the year is 2,400 fish. Angler reports from last weekend’s rain seemed to get fish moving around.

Another good push of  coho also entered the hatchery ladder, bringing this year’s coho total to 2,320 fish. After a long wait for river levels to rise, many coho are moving into their spawning tributaries

This big return of coho comes despite an overall reduction in coho smolt releases since 2014, showing what can happen when there’s good ocean survival of out-migrating juveniles. Hopefully this trend of increased survival includes other anadromous programs (Chinook and steelhead) when those stocks return as older-age fish.

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 Friday, December 17th, 2021

Blitzen River: Recent precipitation has increased flows and river levels are near average conditions
Delintment Lake: Ice fishing may be good at Dealignment early this winter
Fourmile Lake: Snow will block access
John C Boyle Reservoir: Fishing is slow due to very cold-water temperatures and turbid water
Klamath River - Middle: Klamath River Report
Krumbo Reservoir: Malheur Wildlife Refuge does not allow ice fishing on this Krumbo Reservoir
Lake Of The Woods: Lake should start freezing soon if not already doing so
Malheur Reservoir: Quite low but fishing has been great for rainbow trout
Miller Lake: Fishing is slow for rainbow trout as effort has been high
Owyhee Reservoir: Anglers may have some success targeting redband trout and crappie this winter
Owyhee River: Fly fishing has been good recently, trout are biting on small midge patterns
Yellowjacket Lake: Ice is now forming on Yellowjacket Reservoir
Ben Irving Reservoir: Reservoir is likely murky and may inhibit certain methods
Chetco River: There are good numbers of Chinook spread throughout the lower river
Coquille River: There are a few steelhead in the tidal portion of the Coquille River
Diamond Lake: The lake should start to freeze over
Elk River: A good number of Chinook have had a chance to distribute throughout the river
Galesville Reservoir: Galesville may finally start to fill again with lots of rain
Lemolo Lake: The reservoir has been drawn down for the season and is quite low
Pistol River: Fish have had a chance to move into the river system
Rogue River- Lower: The river flow is currently swift and muddy from recent winter storms

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, December 16th, 2021
: ODFW Recreation Report
Columbia River: Sturgeon retention fishery in The Dalles Pool modified to three days a week when season begins Jan. 1