Upper Rogue River Report
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
There have been winter fish caught up here recently, but it’s still pretty early. Wild steelhead can now be retained in the entire Rogue basin, as long as the fish is a minimum of 24 inches long. Only 1 wild fish per day, and 3 per year SW Zone wide in aggregate may be kept. Wild trout must still be released.
Trout anglers are especially encouraged to harvest adipose-fin clipped trout in the upper reach of river. Some really nice early winter steelhead have been caught above Elk River area and up at the Hatchery Hole, but they are few and far between.
As of Feb. 23, 16 new summer steelhead entered the hatchery, bringing the total to 1,841 summer fish for the year. 5 chrome bright winter fish also entered the ladder, bringing this year’s total to 15 fish.
Locally-owned and operated tackle and fly shops in Medford, Shady Cove, and Ashland have excellent gear and very fresh bait, local flies and knowledge that is specific to the Rogue and to your particular technique. Go check them out and offer them support during this time.
For the latest fish counts, call into the Lost Creek Reservoir hotline or check the MyODFW.com fish counts page.
For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434. For real time streamflow from USGS gauges on the Rogue click here.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Thursday, March 4th
Ben Irving Reservoir: With Warming Weather Fish Will Start to Be More Active
Chetco River: Clear & Low Water Conditions This Week
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Warmer Weather Might Have The Fish on The Bite
Diamond Lake: There Have Been Some Anglers Catching Some Nice Trout
Elk River: Anglers Are Doing Pretty Good on Steelhead
Galesville Reservoir: Reservoir is On The Rise
Illinois River: Conditions Are Extremely Clear
Lost Creek Lake: Anglers Reporting Good Success By The Marina
Rogue River- Lower: Anglers Still Picking up Good Size Steelhead
Rogue River - Middle: More Winter Fish Are Showing Up Everyday
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