Oregon Fishing Report - Rogue River July 23 2014

Oregon Fishing Report - Rogue River July 23, 2014

Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch

Anglers have started picking up fall chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

Anglers are catching summer steelhead in the middle Rogue.  Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black and silver body and gold blades. Some anglers report success back trolling plugs at the bottom of riffles using crayfish imitations. Fishing for spring Chinook remains slow in this section of the river, as anglers anticipate the arrival of fall Chinook salmon. The flow at Grants Pass was 1560 cfs and the water temperature was 71°F on July 21.

Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

Summer steelhead fishing is very good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery.  Anglers are still catching spring Chinook, although most are non-adipose fin-clipped and have to be released unharmed. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

Anglers are reminded that all fish that are released must be unharmed. ODFW is receiving numerous reports of poor handling of wild spring chinook on the upper Rogue River.  Fish must remain in the water at all times, the hook removed while the fish is in the water, and the fish gently released from the net.  This is especially important during the very hot and dry weather of summer 2014. 

Beginning July 1, anglers can keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.

The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1509 cfs and the water temperature was 54°F the morning of July 21. The flow at Gold Ray was 1530 cfs and water temperature was 65°F. As of July 21, 7176 spring Chinook and 600 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with over 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout each week. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

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