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Rogue River, lower: Chinook, summer steelhead, half pounder steelhead, coho
Chinook are spread throughout the lower river and estuary. The Chinook fishery has been one of the best is recent years and should continue into October. Anglers are picking up a few coho trolling the bay. Coho numbers should continue to build through September. Boat and bank anglers are picking up Chinook side-drifting eggs in some of the deeper runs downstream of Agness.
Rogue flows are dropping this week and should really improve fishing conditions for summer steelhead and half pounders. The half pounder steelhead run is also doing very well. Anglers are picking up fish all through the lower river. Spinners or flies fished in the tail outs and head of pools is a good method to catch these fish.
ODFW has started seining the lower Rogue River at Huntley Park (river mile 8) to monitor escapement of steelhead, Chinook, and coho. The project runs from mid-July to the end of October. Anglers interested in what is being caught can visit ODFW’s website and look under Fish Counts for two week updates. The seine counts at Huntley Park.
Rogue River, middle: Chinook, steelhead, trout
Anglers are reminded that Chinook angling is now closed from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp, upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery through Dec. 31. Anglers can still fish for Chinook below Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp, downstream to Hog Creek boat Ramp through Sept. 30, but will remain open below Hog Creek.
Chinook and summer steelhead are available. In the Grants Pass area, Chinook anglers should find success using back trolled plugs, back bounced roe and/or sand shrimp, or bobbers with roe. Plugs wrapped with a sardine fillet or a wobbler in deep holes have had the best luck. The best bet for summer steelhead would be on plugs or drifted night crawlers.
The river is also open for trout fishing. Five hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed.
For those interested in checking conditions before getting on the river, the City of Grants Pass Water Division’s website offers information on river conditions at Grants Pass as well as a link to a river camera.
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, Chinook
Anglers are reminded that Chinook angling is closed from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Cole Rivers Hatchery through Dec. 31. Summer steelhead angling is still open and is providing an excellent opportunity in the upper river and should only get better as the season progresses. Trout are also available and fishing can be very good for trout in the summer months. Only hatchery rainbow trout and steelhead can be kept, while all cutthroat and wild trout and wild steelhead must be released unharmed.
As of Aug. 23, a total of 1,613 Summer Steelhead (99 new fish last week) and 4,029 spring Chinook (119 new last week) have returned to Cole Rivers Hatchery. (Track the current return counts of fish to Cole Rivers Hatchery). For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800472-2434.
Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout
The weekly stocking of rainbow trout in the Rogue River above the reservoir will continue through the week of Sept. 4. Travelers should be advised that smoke could be heavy at times along highway 62 and should watch for fire vehicles. In addition to the stocked trout, the river and its tributaries also support naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout.
This concludes our 2017 Rogue River Fishing Report
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