As of July 6, 437 new summer steelhead entered the hatcher

Rogue River - Middle - Grants Pass, OR (Josephine 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 (193 Chinook) last occurred on July 1 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 has been very good for still being very early in the year. 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. 483 summer steelhead were recycled back into the fishery at Touvelle State Park on July 1, so fishing between Touvelle and Tekelma would be a good reach to target.on

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 July 6, 437 new summer steelhead entered the hatchery, making the run 1097 fish for the year (the highest return over the last 10 years to date).  Also, 896 spring Chinook entered the hatchery, bringing the run to date to 3292 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.

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 Thursday, July 14th, 2022
: ODFW Recreation Report
Imnaha River: Trout fishing has been good in some portions of the Imnaha River
Umatilla River: Trout fishing on the Umatilla River
Walla Walla River: Fishing on the Walla Walla has been good in the past week
Wallowa Lake : Fishing can be good for rainbow trout near the south end of the lake
Wallowa River: Flows have been steadily dropping on the Wallowa River
Willow Creek Reservoir: Fishing has been good for both crappie and bass
Crooked River: Fly anglers report good fishing with dry-dropper setup
Davis Lake: The water level remains extremely low
East Lake: Anglers report good fishing for brown trout, rainbow trout and kokanee
Hood River: The Hood River is currently turbid due to glacial melt
Hosmer Lake: Initial reports have been of relatively slow fishing
Laurance Lake: Laurance Lake Fishing Report
North Twin Lake: Anglers report excellent fishing
Prinevile Reservoir: Trout fishing continues to be good
South Twin Lake: Anglers report excellent fishing
Wickiup Reservoir: Anglers should expect to see fewer kokanee in Wickiup Reservoir this year
Clackamas River: Clackamas River Report
Eagle Creek: Some steelhead are present
Gold Lake: Catch rates have been good
Green Peter Reservoir: This reservoir is still mostly full
Harriett Lake: Anglers report excellent fishing this past weekend
Henry Hagg Lake: Cappie fishing near the dam can be productive this time of year
Sandy River: Summer steelhead have arrived at the Sandy Hatchery
Siletz River: Summer steelhead fishing has picked up on the Siletz
Trask River: Spring Chinook fishing is still fair on the Trask
Wilson River: Summer steelhead are throughout the fishery
Diamond Lake: Mixed reports are coming from Diamond
Galesville Reservoir: Anglers are still catching some really nice trout in Galesville
Lemolo Lake: Trout fishing should be good at Lemolo
Rogue River - Middle: Middle Rogue River Report

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