Trout fishing is now open in the Rogue

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Trout fishing is now open in the Rogue with a daily bag limit of 5 adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) trout. Wild trout must be immediately released unharmed. Salmonflies are present from about Rogue Elk Upstream to the Holy Water. Afternoons are seeing the most activity. There’s still probably a week or so of salmonfly action left, but the trout bite can be very good especially as it starts to wane because the fish are keyed into the surface but aren’t seeing as much activity.

Chinook fishing is in full swing in the upper river. Bank and boat anglers are picking up fish.   Bank anglers are picking up fish around the Casey Park and McGregor fishing access areas and slightly downstream. Drift boat anglers are using sardine, tuna, or ghost shrimp-wrapped Mag Lips or Kwikfish, or back bouncing roe.

Wild steelhead retention is closed. Hatchery steelhead retention is open year-round. The summer steelhead run seems to be off to a very good start with a number of fish being hooked between salmon holes by anglers side drifting, or even trout anglers getting them on salmonfly imitations. 

Anglers are reminded that the Hatchery Hole, which encompasses the blocker dam to 1200 feet below, is closed to ALL fishing from April 1 through July 31. It is also closed year-round to Chinook fishing.

River flows have leveled out but are up. Plan on rowing hard if you are backbouncing bait for salmon. Winter steelhead have still just recently spawned, and with many more mainstem spawners this year due to lower tributary flow earlier in the season, anglers are still encouraged to be mindful of redds/nests of young fish and eggs that are still in the gravel, especially around tailouts. Please watch your step if wadding or dropping an anchor.  They will likely be along river margins/side channels.

As of June 15, 242 new spring Chinook entered the hatchery bringing the year’s total to 1,647 fish. Anglers can subscribe to the most current fish counts or visit the fish counts website as updated counts are not always available at the writing of the recreation report. Last week, likely the last 4 winter steelhead entered the hatchery with 1170 fish for the year to date. The summer Steelhead return looks to be off to a good start with 83 fish entering the hatchery for the week, and 173 fish to date.

The Dodge Bridge gauge was 3,310 cfs. Temperatures was 59 degrees for Wednesday afternoon with a typical 7-degree temperature swing for the day as the week is heating up. The McCloud guage was reading 3,200 on Wednesday afternoon with temperature at 53 degrees and a few degree swing expected for the day. You can check all the USGS Rogue gauges here.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, June 23rd
: ODFW Recreation Report
Grande Ronde River: Flows on the Grande Ronde River have been dropping
Imnaha River: Trout fishing may be good during periods of moderated flows
Umatilla River: Summer steelhead fishing on the Umatilla River is now closed
Wallowa River: Flows on the Wallowa River probably will be somewhat elevated over the next couple weeks
Lake Billy Chinook: Bass are biting well
Clear Lake: Will be stocked again this week
Coast Fork Willamette River: Was last stocked the week of June 13
McKenzie River: Spring Chinook – This week the fishing conditions look good!
Middle Fork of the Williamette: Middle Fork of The Williamette Report
Nestucca River: Spring Chinook fishing continues to improve on the Nestucca
Trask River: Spring Chinook are in the Trask and spread throughout
Wilson River: Summer steelhead are throughout the fishery
Ben Irving Reservoir: Fishing the area near the dam may be the way to go
Coos River: Anglers are still catching decent numbers of rockfish
Coquille River: River levels are dropping quickly
Diamond Lake: Fishing has been really good
Eel Lake: Trout fishing at Eel Lake has been decent
Emigrant Reservoir: Water clarity is surprisingly good for this time of year
Empire Lake Lower: Bass fishing is good in Upper and Lower Empire Lake
Galesville Reservoir: Anglers are still catching some really nice trout in Galesville
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Anglers are still catching trout up at Howard Prairie
Hyatt Lake: Very low if any fishing pressure

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