Rogue River- Upper Fish Report for 2-16-2022
Best bets for the upper river would be concentrating on the area between Shady Cove and Touvell
Rogue River- Upper - Medford, OR (Jackson County)
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
The summer Steelhead run is still trickling into the hatchery but is likely about over. Low water will not help with big bumps of fish, so expect the winter fish to just trickle in until something changes. Down-runner summer fish have been reported still being caught.
Plugs from a drift boat would be a good bet in the upper river. Fly-anglers are usually best to choose something darker, but don’t be afraid to start throwing pinks and oranges either. If drifting bait, smaller presentations are your best bet. Work the water, as it’s cold and clear out there. There is a forecast for some weekend precipitation. The rain this week on Monday did pretty much nothing to raise river levels. However, the change in pressure should hopefully get fish moving.
Wild winter steelhead can now be retained as long as they are a minimum size of 24 inches. Only 1 wild fish can be harvested 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.
For February 15, 1 new wild winter Steelhead entered the hatchery, bringing the total to 3 fish for the year. Considering the time of year, a nice push of 26 new hatchery summer Steelhead and 4 recaptured “retreads” entered the hatchery.
Best bets for the upper river would be concentrating on the area between Shady Cove and Touvelle as there is more color to the water. If fly-anglers are so inclined, the Holy water should start improving with the cloudy and slightly warmer days.
The Dodge Bridge guage was reading 1,030 cfs / 2.83 feet. The McCloud gage at 945 cfs/ 1.59 ft. Flows from the dam were 905 cfs and 41 degrees. You can check all the USGS Rogue gauges here.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Wednesday, February 16th, 2022
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is 2.9 feet below full pool and 55 percent full
Agate Lake: Agate received 1,000 legal rainbow trout this week
Applegate Reservoir: The reservoir is at 19 percent capacity
Applegate River: The river coloreed up a little bit with the Monday rain
Arizona Pond: Young anglers may have some success early in the morning
Chetco River: Current water conditions are low and clear
Elk River: Steelhead fishing is slow as water conditions are low and clear
Fish Lake : There were still anglers on the ice this past weekend
Floras Lake: Current water temperatures are on the chilly side
Garrison Lake: The lake can hold some pretty good numbers of holdover trout
Lake Selmac: About 5,000 legal rainbow trout were stocked here on Valentine’s day
Pistol River: Water levels are low as we have not had much rain recently
Plat I Reservoir: Plat I is a great place to fish for warmwater fish this time of year
Rogue River- Lower: Water conditions are clear and steelhead fishing effort has slowed some
Rogue River - Middle: Expect the river to be pretty steady for the foreseeable future
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