Rogue River - Middle Fish Report for 2-16-2023
Current flow is around 1,400 cfs
Rogue River - Middle - Grants Pass, OR (Josephine County)
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Current flow is around 1,400 cfs and temperature in the low-40s F.
Summer steelhead are still being caught, but many of these fish have gone up into tributaries to spawn. Trout fishing is open with a 5 fish daily bag limit for adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) trout. Non-adipose fin-clipped trout must be immediately released unharmed.
Wild winter steelhead over 24 inches may be harvested upstream of Hog Creek boat ramp starting Feb. 1 to April 30(1 per day, 3 per season). Please check out MyODFW for info on new validation and harvest tag requirements in the Rogue and South Coast Rivers.
Winter steelhead are being caught throughout the middle Rogue but they’re in pods and somewhat spread out. With flows holding somewhat steady, side drifting, lures or flies are all effective. Dial back brightness and size of presentation as water levels drop and clear. Target holding water in deeper pools and runs.
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.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Thursday, February 16th
Umatilla River: The steelhead fishing on the Umatilla has picked up in the past week
Hood River: Winter steelhead fishing on the Hood River continues to be slow
Alsea River: Winter steelhead are throughout the Alsea system
Kilchis River: The Kilchis is back to low and clear conditions
Miami River: The Miami is getting low and clear
Necanicum River: The Necanicum will be low and clear this week
Nehalem River: The lower Nehalem is steelhead green
Nehalem River- North Fork: The North Fork Nehalem is low and clear
Three Rivers: Three Rivers got a push of fish back to the hatchery trap this past week
Salmon River: Winter steelhead are in the Salmon River
Siletz River: Winter steelhead are moving up in the Siletz River
Siuslaw River: Winter steelhead are showing up on the Siuslaw River
Trask River: There are wild steelhead (catch-and-release only) throughout the system
Wilson River: Steelhead fishing on the Wilson was good the end of last week
Yaquina River: Fishing has been challenging the past few weeks but it’s starting to pick up
Chetco River: The Chetco is low and clear
Coos River: The Coos Basin steelhead rivers continue to run low and clear
Coquille River: The Coquille Basin steelhead rivers continue to run fairly low and clear
Elk River: Low and clear
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant has filled to 21 percent full
Fish Lake : Fish Lake is filling with the input of various springs and is now at 41 percent full
Rogue River- Lower: Fishing pressure has slowed as flows have dropped
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