Rogue River - Middle Fish Report for 2-23-2023
Winter steelhead are being caught throughout the middle Rogue
Rogue River - Middle - Grants Pass, OR (Josephine County)
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Current flow is around 1,600 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 23rd
Grande Ronde River: Anglers have been catching steelhead on the Grande Ronde River
Imnaha River: Steelhead fishing recently has been slow on the Imnaha River but should improve in the coming week
Wallowa River: Trout fishing has been good on the Wallowa River this winter
Crooked River: Anglers report fair fishing with most trout in the 6 to 12-inch range
Fall River: Fly-anglers continue to report good winter fishing in the Fall River
Hills Creek Reservoir: Hills Creek Reservoir Update
Alsea River: The popular NF Alsea fishery is open and improving
Kilchis River: The Kilchis remains low and clear
Miami River: Miami remains low and clear
Necanicum River: The Necanicum will remain low and clear at least until the rains come early next week
Nehalem River: The lower Nehalem is getting a little bump in flows today and will be on the drop through Sunday
Nehalem River- North Fork: The North Fork Nehalem remains low and clear
Siletz River: We are seeing a handful of newer fish push into the system and push higher into the system
Trask River: Fishing was slow on the Trask last weekend, but there were a few fish caught
Wilson River: Steelhead fishing on the Wilson was slow over the weekend
Yaquina River: Fishing has been challenging the past few weeks but it’s starting to pick up
Chetco River: Rain and snow this week should change river conditions enough to give anglers a chance at catching a steelhead
Elk River: Rain this week may improve conditions enough for boat anglers to get on the river
Fish Lake : Fish Lake is at 41 percent full
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie has started to fill and is at 18 percent full
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