Winter fish are being caught in the Galice and Robertson Bridge areas

Rogue River- Lower - Gold Beach, OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
1-20-2022
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Bait can again be used in the entire Rogue from the mouth upstream to Fishers Ferry.  Wild steelhead cannot be retained above Hog Creek until Feb. 1. Wild steelhead must be 24 inches in length to harvest, with a limit of 1 per day/3 per year zone wide in aggregate with other SW rivers where wild steelhead are allowed to be harvested (consult regulations). 

Anglers may still find a few summer steelhead in the middle Rogue area and will likely start to encounter down-running spawned out fish (also known as kelts). Handle these fish with care if you encounter them.

Winter fish are being caught in the Galice and Robertson Bridge areas. Some fish have been caught as high as Grants Pass and Rogue River areas. Anglers are picking up fish with jigs, roe, yarnies. Fishing under an indicator can be productive, and plugs are still a great choice when fished from a drift boat. The bulk of the winter steelhead in the middle Rogue don’t typically show until February and peak in March into April. However, the high water so far is a welcome change from the past few years. 

Local tackle and fly shops in the Grants Pass area have all the gear you may need, and very fresh bait. Check them out and offer them your support.

Expect the river to continue dropping for the foreseeable future – there’s not much precipitation in the 10-day forecast. As of Wednesday morning the flow in Grants Pass was 1,810 cfs/1.75 ft and dropping slowly. and should remain above 2,000 cfs at least through the weekend. The water clarity was 3 NTU and approximately 40 degrees. Current flow, temp and turbidity conditions for the Rogue can be found at the USGS stream gauges here, or checking the City of Grants Pass water page’s river data here.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, January 20th
: ODFW Recreation Report
Grande Ronde River: Flows on the Grande Ronde River have remained consistent again this week
John Day River: All fishing is now closed in rivers and streams within the John Day Basin
Magone Lake: Magone Lake is no longer accessible
Morgan Lake: Closed for the winter
Umatilla River: There have been a total of 757 steelhead counted at TMFD up to date
Crooked River: The water is low and dirty
Ochoco Reservoir: Water level is extremely low and completely iced over
Prinevile Reservoir: Trout fishing continues to be good near the dam
Walton Lake: The lake is completely iced over
Detroit Reservoir: Currently the reservoir water level is at or near the bottom of Mongold boat ramp
Junction City Pond: The pond will be stocked this week
Santiam River ( North Fork) : River is currently running at 9,000 cfs at the gage in Mehama
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 6,100 cfs at the Waterloo gage
Waverly Lake: This lake was stocked in late December
Alsea River: Winter steelhead fishing has slowed down
Kilchis River: The Kilchis will be a little on the low and clear side this weekend
Necanicum River: The Necanicum will be getting a little low by the weekend but will still be fishable
Nehalem River: The lower reach, from Foss down, is still high and off color
Nestucca River: The Nestucca River is in great shape
Siletz River: Winter steelhead fishing has slowed down a bit on the Siletz
Siuslaw River: Winter steelhead has slowed down on the Siuslaw but anglers are catching fish everyday
Wilson River: The Wilson was in prime shape last weekend
Applegate River: As of Wednesday morning, the Wilderville stream gage was reading 650 cfs
Chetco River: Water conditions have returned to almost perfect
Fish Lake : Ice depth was reported at 8-12 inches on Jan. 15
Illinois River: Flows continue to drop but are still very fishable
Lost Creek Lake: Trout fishing should be fair to good
Medco Pond: In general fishing has been slow up here as trout were last stocked in the early summer

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