Upper river above Rogue Elk Park is in much better shape

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Coho are pretty much done. There’s still summer steelhead that will continue to trickle into the hatchery over the next month and anglers are still picking up these fish. Anglers will likely start encountering down-runner summer steelhead (also known as kelts) that have recently spawned. Please handle these fish with care and release them. 

Wild winter Steelhead can be retained after Feb. 1, upstream of Hog Creek. Only 1 fish with a minimum length of 24 inches can be harvest per day as part of the daily limit, and 3 wild fish in aggregate for the year in the Rogue and other waterbodies of the SW zone where wild steelhead may be harvested. Consult the 2022 sportfishing regulations and SW zone for more information. 

As of January 5, 1 coho entered the Cole Rivers Hatchery ladder, bringing the year’s total run to 2,495 fish. The run is most likely over and is 200 percent of the 10-year average! An additional 114 new summer steelhead entered the ladder bringing the years total to 2,865 fish, with 57 re-run fish making it back to the hatchery as well. Likely this represents about 80-90 percent of the years run. Fish will continue to trickle in through February. The first winter steelhead of the year has not yet shown.

When much of the rest of the Rogue is muddy or blown out, the upper river above Rogue Elk Park is in much better shape, depending on what Big Butte Creek is flowing at. Above Big Butte Creek near Casey and McGregor Park will always be the less turbid water.  Currently the McCloud Gage is reading 1,060 cfs and the Dodge Bridge gage at 1750 cfs.  You can check all the USGS Rogue gauges here

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
Deschutes River- Lower: New state, possible world record mountain whitefish caught on Deschutes River
Delintment Lake: Ice fishing will likely be slow due to low oxygen levels.
Gerber Reservoir: Bank access is good
Upper Klamath Lake: he lake is frozen except near the outlet
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Owyhee River: Brown trout are done spawning in the Owyhee River
Sycan River: River is mostly dry
Thompson Valley Reservoir: Unclear how thick the ice is
Yellowjacket Lake: No recent reports on ice conditions
Applegate River: As of Wednesday morning, the Wilderville stream gage was reading 807 cfs and steady
Chetco River: Water conditions have returned to almost perfect after the recent storms
Cooper Creek Reservoir: With recent rains it is likely that Cooper Creek is high enough to launch boats at the west ramp
Coquille River: Steelhead fishing from the bank has been good on the North Fork Coquille River
Diamond Lake: A few anglers seem to be out trying to ice fish on Diamond
Elk River: Steelhead fishing will slow a bit as flows drop and clear
Galesville Reservoir: According to the lake gage, it looks like boats can again be launched at Galesville
Illinois River: Conditions should be pretty prime out here
Pistol River: The river will be in perfect condition as flows continue to drop
Rogue River- Lower: Steelhead fishing continues to be really good
Rogue River - Middle: Expect the river to continue dropping for the foreseeable future

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, January 6th, 2022

Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir is frozen. Ice thickness is unknown
John C Boyle Reservoir: The reservoir might be partially frozen
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is frozen except near the outlet
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Report
Lake Of The Woods: Ice thickness is unknown but currently not safe for ice fishing
Willow Valley Reservoir: The reservoir is low and likely frozen
Applegate Reservoir: The only useable boat ramp at Applegate Reservoir is the French Gulch Boat Ramp
Applegate River: As of Wednesday morning, the Wilderville stream gage was reading 1,280 cfs and dropping
Arizona Pond: This pond received a sizeable batch of fresh rainbow trout over the holidays
Ben Irving Reservoir: Reservoir is likely murky and may inhibit certain methods.
Chetco River: Steelhead fishing has been really good
Coos River: Steelhead anglers have been catching hatchery steelhead
Coquille River: The rivers are currently high and muddy
Diamond Lake: The last report said the ice was not quite thick enough to start fishing on
Elk River: Steelhead fishing should be excellent
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant is close to deadpool
Fish Lake : The current lake level is 35 percent full and the lake is filling slowly
Galesville Reservoir: The reservoir has started to fill again but it is still very low
Garrison Lake: Bank anglers can find access at the 12th street or Pinehurst boat ramps and off Paradise Point Road
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Earlier in the week is that there’s about 6 inches of snow over about 4-6 inches of ice covering the lake
Hyatt Lake: Expect winter weather conditions for the weekend and a frozen lake
Illinois River: The Illinois is known for having a run of some earlier running winter steelhead
Pistol River: Steelhead are spread throughout the river
Rogue River- Lower: Steelhead fishing has been really good
Rogue River - Middle: Middle Rogue may start seeing some winter steelhead finally show up
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): Expect winter weather and lots of snow
Sixes River: Sixes River Fishing Report
Tenmile Lakes: A few hatchery steelhead have been caught in Tenmile Creek last week
Umpqua River: Umpqua River Report
Winchuck River: Anglers can expect to find steelhead scattered throughout the river
Alsea River: Winter steelhead fishing is off to a great start on the Alsea
Kilchis River: Kilchis is usually one of the first rivers to come back in shape
Necanicum River: It is peak time for the hatchery winter steelhead run on the Necanicum
Nehalem River: The Nehalem River is predicted to hit minor flood stage on Thursday
Siletz River: Winter steelhead fishing has been good on the Siletz
Siuslaw River: Winter steelhead typically start showing up in the Siuslaw system in early December
Trask River: The Trask is predicted to peak above “action” stage after Thursday’s storm
Wilson River: The Wilson River was starting to produce some steelhead over the New Year’s weekend
Clackamas River: Winter steelhead can now be found throughout the Clackamas River
Detroit Reservoir: Detroit Reservoir Report
Sandy River: Winter steelhead can now be found throughout the Sandy River
Crooked River: Anglers report fair winter fishing in the Crooked River
Fall River: Anglers report good fishing in late morning and afternoon once water temperatures rise
Metolius River: Anglers report hit and miss blue wing olive hatches and fair fishing
Grande Ronde River: Grande Ronde River Fishing Report
Wallowa River: Walloa River Report
Snake River- Below Hells Canyon Reservoir: Steelhead are available throughout the Snake River
: ODFW Recreation Report