Chinook fishing is in full swing in the upper river

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

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.

Beginning July 1, wild chinook may be retained from Fishers Ferry to Dodge Bridge. Wild Chinook harvest is closed year-round above Dodge Bridge. Wild chinook caught in areas not legal for retention should be immediately released unharmed, Anglers can practice good stewardship for these fish by limiting the handling of them, and avoid removing them from the water while unhooking them for release. Stewardship tips are on page 15 of the sportfishing regulations. If a photo is necessary, do so quickly by having camera equipment ready and keep the fish’s head in the water until ready for the quick photo.

Anglers are seeing hatchery Chinook in the catch, and a recycling of excess spring Chinook is scheduled for this week in the Touvelle/Modoc Vicinity.

Trout fishing is open in the Rogue with a daily bag limit of 5 adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) trout. Wild trout must be immediately released unharmed. Salmon flies are done, so most trout action will be subsurface on nymphs.

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. With higher water, plugs are also working. Some hatchery fish were recycled back into the fishery at Touvelle State Park last Friday. A total of 193 spring chinook and 483 summer steelhead were released to give anglers another chance to harvest these hatchery fish.

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.

As of June 29501 new spring Chinook entered the hatchery bringing the year’s total to 2,416 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.

Reservoir releases are dropping this week. Dodge Bridge and McCloud are good gauges to check before you head out on the water if fishing the upper Rogue.  You can check all the USGS Rogue gauges here.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, July 6th, 2022

Imnaha River: Fishing pressure for Chinook salmon picked up over the weekend
John Day River: Conditions for bass and catfish fishing are improving
Wallowa Lake : There are some nice kokanee available this year
Wallowa River: Flows have been steadily dropping on the Wallowa River
Crane Prairie Reservoir: After a slow start, anglers are reporting that fishing is improving
Crooked River: The Crooked River is flowing at 208 cfs below Bowman Dam
Ochoco Reservoir: The reservoir is very low at 24 percent
Odell Lake: Anglers report good kokanee fishing
Prinevile Reservoir: Trout fishing continues to be good
Quartzville Creek: Conditions are excellent
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Chinook salmon returns indicate a fairly decent run year so far
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: lows are around currently 900 cfs
Santiam River (South Fork): Both summer steelhead and Chinook salmon are available
Ben Irving Reservoir: Ben Irving Reservoir Report
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Anglers are finding a good grade of bass
Diamond Lake: Mixed reports are coming from Diamond
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant Reservoir Fishing Report
Galesville Reservoir: Anglers are still catching some really nice trout in Galesville
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Anglers are still catching trout up at Howard Prairie
Lemolo Lake: Trout fishing should be good at Lemolo
Rogue River- Lower: Anglers have been picking up a few Chinook in the bay

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