Artificial fly season is in place through Oct. 31

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Reservoir releases have dropped to their typical October levels. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir should stay in the 830 cfs vicinity for the foreseeable future. Dodge Bridge is around 1200 cfs.

Chinook fishing is closed in the upper Rogue, and the artificial fly season is in place through Oct. 31. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies with no added weights or attachments except a bubble or similar floating device. 

Hatchery summer steelhead are available. As of Oct. 4, 43 new summer steelhead had been collected at Cole Rivers Hatchery, bringing the season total to 2,561.

The first coho of the year arrived at Cole Rivers Hatchery, with more fish likely available in November. Only adipose-clipped coho may be harvested.

Trout fishing is also open in the Rogue with a daily bag limit of 5 adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) trout. Anglers are encouraged to harvest they hatchery trout.  Wild trout must be immediately released unharmed.

Anglers are asked to avoid wading and fishing near spawning spring Chinook salmon. 

For up-to-date river levels, check all the USGS Rogue gauges here.

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