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ROGUE RIVER, LOWER:
chinook, summer steelhead, “half-pounders”
Fall chinook are spread from the bay all the way through the
lower river. Anglers fishing chinook in the estuary have had
mixed success, but are picking up some large fish and the occasional
coho. Some boat anglers are fishing the early morning in the
lower river and then heading to the bay to fish the tides. Summer
steelhead and “half pounders” (in-mature summer steelhead) are
in the lower river, but anglers are reporting only fair success.
Flows in the Rogue River are running higher than normal due
to the cold spring and winter snow pack. Anglers will want to
keep track of the weather and water temperatures and can expect
chinook to move more quickly out of the bay this year. On an
annual basis ODFW seines the Rogue River at Huntley Park (approximately
8 miles upstream of highway 101) from July 15 to October 31
to monitor salmon and steelhead migrating upstream. Anglers
wanting to fish the Rogue will find this information valuable
in planning when to fish.
ODFW will post this information every two weeks starting July
31. Anglers are reminded that angling is restricted to artificial
flies and lures Sept 1-Oct 31 between Foster Creek upstream
to Whiskey Creek.
ROGUE RIVER, MIDDLE: steelhead, chinook, trout
chinook are in the river near Grants Pass, and anglers are catching
fish on Kwikfish with sardine wraps and roe. Summer steelhead
are also available and are being caught on spinners. Reduced
releases from Lost Creek Reservoir should improve fishing conditions
on the middle river.
The Rogue is open for adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout. All
nonadipose fin-clipped (wild) rainbow trout and all cutthroat
trout must be released unharmed.
ROGUE RIVER, UPPER: steelhead, spring chinook, trout
Big changes come to the upper Rogue angling regulations this
week as summer steelhead are making a good showing in the fishery.
The annual artificial fly season begins Sept. 1 between the
Gold Ray dam site and Cole Rivers Hatchery. Any type rod or
reel is permitted, but no weights or other attachments may be
used except a bobber. Fly anglers report success on steelhead
using caddis nymphs and traditional steelhead patterns, with
chartreuse being an effective color.
Fishing for chinook is closed between Dodge Bridge and Cole
Rivers Hatchery. The river between Dodge Bridge and the old
Gold Ray dam site remains open for chinook through August 31,
and then this reach will close for chinook angling. A total
of 1,205 summer steelhead and 5,731 spring chinook have entered
Cole Rivers Hatchery as of Aug. 24. Hatchery steelhead continue
to be recycled back into the fishery, with 400 scheduled to
be released in the Gold Hill area later this week.
Anglers are reminded that trout fishing can be very good on
the upper Rogue as well. Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir
are scheduled to drop to 2,600 cfs by Sept. 1, which should
improve fishing conditions.
RIVER, ABOVE LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: trout
The Rogue River above Lost Creek Dam will be stocked with trout
this week. The premier summer trout fishery in the Rogue watershed
is the river above Lost Creek Reservoir. This section of the
river will be stocked weekly with rainbow trout through Labor
Day. Most campgrounds and high use public access sites are stocked,
and a map of stocking sites is available. Naturally produced
trout are available in tributary streams, along with the South
Fork and Middle Fork Rogue River for anglers wanting to fish
more secluded areas. Brook trout dominate the tributaries of
the upper Rogue, but rainbow, cutthroat and some brown trout
are also available.
RIVER & LAKES FISHING REPORT
SEPTEMBER 2, 2011
ESTUARY: sturgeon, striped bass, chinook
Crabbing has picked up with more legal-sized crab being caught.
Some adipose-fin clipped coho have been caught recently off
Osprey Point and Half Moon Bay. Chinook numbers are also increasing
in the estuary and up to the 101 bridge, sturgeon are being
caught below Reedsport. The Gardiner-Reedsport-Winchester Bay
STEP program will be hosting their 15th annual Labor Day Salmon
Derby this weekend. Tickets are available at several boat ramps
and local merchants. For further information call Doug Buck
The wild ocean coho season was extended to Sept. 1 – 10, with
all days open. There will also be a wild coho season in the
Umpqua from the mouth to Scottsburg which will open Sept. 15.
Until that date, no non-fin clipped coho can be retained in
the lower Umpqua River.
Anglers are being asked to stay clear of the commercial gill
net Research Vessel being contracted by the ODFW to capture
green sturgeon. The sturgeon are being captured, implanted with
tracking devices, and released alive. Boats should avoid going
between the Research Vessel and the large orange buoy which
signals the end of the 600 foot net.
Check with the Coast Guard for new deadlines in the lower Umpqua
when the bar is closed (541-271-4847).
UMPQUA HIGH LAKES AND FOREBAYS: trout
Red Top Lake above Myrtle Creek will be stocked for Labor Day.
Cliff, Buckeye, Twin, and Wolf are now accessible and were stocked
with fingerlings recently. Other high lakes including Maidu,
Bull Pup, Connie, Skookum and Fuller were not stocked this past
weekend due to access problems but were stocked last year. However,
over 15,000 fish were stocked in 2010 that will be catchable
in 2011. Maidu is now accessible. Linda and Calamut are also
accessible and were stocked with rainbow trout fingerlings in
2009 and 2010 instead of the normal brook trout. Anglers have
reported catching some of these rainbows at Calamut. Both Linda
and Calamut received some additional rainbows during mid-July
2010, with about 60 to 70 legal sized fish going into each of
these two lakes.
Most of the various river sections in the Umpqua open May
28 for trout fishing. Check the regulations for gear and harvest
restrictions throughout the basin.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, sturgeon, chinook,
bass, striped bass, trout
The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but
remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Please
report anybody harvesting wild steelhead to OSP. Trout season
opens May 28, check regulations for harvest and gear restrictions.
Fall chinook and fin-clipped coho are being caught in the lower
river. Sturgeon fishing has been slow recently. Remember only
white sturgeon can be retained. Anglers are being asked to stay
clear of the commercial gill net Research Vessel being contracted
by the ODFW to capture green sturgeon. The sturgeon are being
captured, implanted with tracking devices, and released alive.
Boats should avoid going between the Research Vessel and the
large orange buoy which signals the end of the 600 foot net.
Striped bass are also available and have been caught recently.
Smallmouth bass fishing is good.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, trout
Trout season is open, check the regulations for gear and harvest
restrictions. Fishing in the fly water has been slow. From Oct.
1 through June 30, 2011, single weighted barbless flies may
be used. Fishing at Swiftwater improved as the water has warmed
up and more steelhead have moved into the area. The chinook
season in the North Umpqua closed Aug. 1.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: smallmouth bass, trout
The South Umpqua is open for trout and smallmouth bass
fishing. Check the regulations for harvest and gear restrictions.
The river has been high and cold, so there has not been much
pressure for smallmouth bass. The South will slowly drop all
week, improving fishing conditions. The South is closed to chinook
fishing. The South Umpqua did have an algae advisory posted
for the section near Myrtle Creek. For additional information
contact the Harmful Algae Bloom program at 971-673-0400.
IS ROUGE RIVER FISHING NOT ROGUE RIVER FISHING?
Rouge River Fishing
is not Rogue River Fishing when you want to go Fishing in Oregon.
The Rouge River is located in Quebec which is quite a drive from the
Rogue River in Southern Oregon. No matter how you spell it, Rouge
or Rogue, we guarantee you will have an Unforgettable Experience Fishing
the Rogue River in Southern Oregon when you go fishing with one of
the Rogue River Fishing Guides listed below.
REPORTS FOR THE ROGUE & UMPQUA RIVERS & LAKES?
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of Fish and Game. If you need information about other rivers
or rules and regulations you can find it at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/.
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