Winter steelhead are present in the upper Rogue

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Winter steelhead are present in the upper Rogue and there is a good mix of hatchery and wild fish present. Recent, higher flows have fish spread out, occupying all types of holding water. Spawning activity is slowly picking up, so try to avoid redds and actively spawning fish. Expect more fish to arrive through May. ‌

The release from Lost Creek is 1,800 CFS on March 26, and the river temperature is 45F. Just over 350 winter steelhead have arrived at the hatchery so far this season. ‌

Anglers can call the Army Corps of Engineers at 800-472-2434 for an update on hatchery counts as well as flow and temperature information.‌

Make sure to check the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for each section of river before you head out. Anglers are reminded that trout fishing closes on April 1 to protect smolts migrating to sea.‌

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