There are still reports of a few winter fish being caught

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


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
5-19-2022
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Trout fishing opens back up on the Rogue this Sunday, May 22. Only adipose fin clipped trout (hatchery) may be retained. 

Wild steelhead retention is now closed. Hatchery steelhead retention remains open. 

There are still reports of a few winter fish being caught, but most are pretty ready to spawn or already have. Anglers are also 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. Best bet for winter fish is to head upriver.

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 some of the BLM access points around Galice. Using a side planner with a Brads cutplug, or quickfish/maglip plug wrapped with a sardine or tuna fished from the side planner are good bets as you are targeting migrating fish. Plunking a series of spin glows works as well.   Anglers are reminded that fishing is closed from Rainie Falls to 400 feet below the falls.

The Grants Pass stream gauge is on a slow and steady drop at 2,190 cfs and turbidity at 4 NTU. Temperature is in the high 50s. 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, May 19th
: ODFW Recreation Report
Chewaucan River: People have already caught some really nice trout in the river with lures
Fourmile Lake: The road into Fourmile Lake is still closed by the USFS
Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir is 16 percent full
Heart Lake: Fishing has been good for fish in the 6-8” range
Holbrook Reservoir: Trolling for rainbows is very productive as is bait fishing
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake remains 2.5 feet below full pool and 61 percent full
Lake Of The Woods: Lake of the Woods has been stocked heavily with trophy rainbows
Lofton Reservoir: This reservoir will be stocked this week
Miller Lake: The recent snow might block access
Sprague River: Fishing will improve for redband trout as water temperatures increase
North Fork Sprague River: Flows have decreased to 147 cfs
South Fork Sprague River: Snow will limit access to some areas
Sun Creek: The Sun Pass State Road is closed. Fishing not recommended at this time.
Williamson River: Upper Williamson River Report
Wood River: Water temperatures remain very cold
Umatilla River: The spring Chinook season opened on April 15
Wallowa Lake : There are some nice kokanee available this year
Tillamook Bay: Spring Chinook are in Tillamook Bay
Trask River: There have been fish caught at the hatchery hole and Loren’s drift
Alton Baker Canoe Canal: Will be stocked again this week
Dexter Reservoir: Was last stocked the week of May 2nd
EE Wilson Angling Pond: Will be stocked this week
Fall Creek: Was last stocked the week of May 9
Foster Reservoir: The water level in the reservoir is currently low
Green Peter Reservoir: Recent fishing reports are that the bass fishing is good
Junction City Pond: The pond will be stocked this week
McKenzie River: McKenzie River Fishing Report
Middle Fork of the Williamette: The Middle Fork Willamette River is open to bait below Dexter Dam only
Quartzville Creek: Light tackle including flies works best, but bait is allowed
Salmon Creek: Will be stocked again this week
Santiam River (South Fork): Hatchery trout harvest season will reopen on May 22
Timber Linn Lake: It will be stocked this week
Walling Pond: The pond will be stocked this week
Waverly Lake: This lake will be stocked this week
Applegate Reservoir: The reservoir is a remarkable 78 percent capacity
Ben Irving Reservoir: Bass fishing has been picking up with some good water conditions
Coos River: Trout fishing in streams and rivers reopen May 22
Coquille River: The mainstem Coquille and the main forks have been running high and muddy
Diamond Lake: Anglers are catching healthy fish that average about 14 inches
Emigrant Reservoir: Water clarity is surprisingly good for this time of year
Fish Lake : Fish lake is ice free
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Access at Howard Prairie is currently limited to the gravel ramp near the dam
Hyatt Lake: Hyatt has already seen its likely peak water level for the year and is now dropping daily
Lemolo Lake: Lemolo is just a few feet from being full