With rain forecast all week, the river is expected to crest on Thursday but likely not as much as forecast

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Trout fishing is closed on the Rogue between April 1 and May 21. This is to protect out migrating wild steelhead smolts. The Rogue is still open for steelhead and salmon fishing, with a valid Combined Angling Tag in possession.

Wild steelhead can be retained above Hog Creek boat ramp from Feb. 1 through April 30. Wild steelhead must be 24 inches long 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 are still catching spawned out “kelt” or down-runners. These fish are much more colored up and have a sunken looking belly or appear skinny. If handled properly, they may return to spawn again.

Wild Chinook salmon may not be retained above Hog Creek boat ramp until June 1. Spring Chinook anglers are picking some up along the Rogue Trail below Graves Creek and even a few have been reportedly caught in the GP area with the recent rains. Anglers are reminded that fishing is closed from Rainie Falls to 400 feet below the falls.

Anglers are still catching steelhead but water is moving fish around and they are making it up some of the larger tributaries in the area. Valley of the Rogue to Baker has been a good float. There still some fish being caught downstream of GP as well. Steelhead from an acclimation project near the Baker Boat ramp should still see some hatchery fish in the area. 

With rain forecast all week, the river is expected to crest on Thursday but likely not as much as forecast. This should get spring Chinook moving into the Galice and Grave Creek area. The Grants Pass the stream gauge is on a slow and steady rise at 1730 cfs and expected to have a crest over 3,000 cfs on Saturday evening. The Wednesday morning turbidity reading was 6 NTUs and 45.2 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, April 21st

North Umpqua River: ODFW monitoring North Umpqua summer steelhead, preparing for possible angling closures
Anthony Lake: Over the winter, anglers had good fishing for rainbow trout
John C Boyle Reservoir: Fishing will slow significantly this week
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Lake Of The Woods: The lake is ice-free and water temperatures are still very cold
Phillips Reservoir: Phillips Reservoir will be stocked with trout throughout the spring
Pilcher Reservoir: We have not received any recent fishing reports for Pilcher Reservoir
Sprague River: Will open Friday, April 22
North Fork Sprague River: Flows have increased to 139 cfs
Thief Valley Reservoir: Thief Valley Reservoir is now nearly full
Unity Reservoir: Unity Reservoir is mostly full
Williamson River: Fishing is typically slow on the Upper Williamson on opening day
Wolf Creek Reservoir: Wolf Creek Reservoir is slowing filling
Wood River: The Wood River opens this Friday, April 22
Applegate River: The Applegate River is currently closed to trout and steelhead fishing
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Cooper was stocked a few weeks ago
Diamond Lake: The snowpack at Diamond has returned to the normal amount for this time of year
Empire Lake Lower: Pound-size trout are scheduled to be stocked into Lower Empire Lake this week
Fish Lake : Expect snow but open water for the weekend
Galesville Reservoir: A recent report had anglers catching a ton of trout including some holdover trout from last May

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