The Fish Sniffer - Steelheaders Ply Upper River Areas
Steelheaders Ply Upper River Areas

Written By: Cal Kellogg, January 1, 2014
Species: Steelhead
Location: Rogue River,

According to reports from the ODFW, fishing is slow in the lower Rogue due to low clear conditions. It’s going to take significant rain and a significant rise in the river level to get steelhead fishing going near the mouth.

Steelhead fishing is fair in the upper river. Fishing may be best in the very upper reaches of the river where the water is not as cold. The best time to fish this time of year is midday. Pressure is very light but the few reports received have been good, so bundle up and hit the upper river!

Anglers have been picking up fish on bait (where allowed), lures and flies. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1138 cfs while the flow at Gold Ray was 1680 cfs with a peak water temperature of 41 degrees as of press time.

Currently, from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park, the river is open to the use of lures, as well as flies, but the use of bait is still prohibited. From the boat ramp at Shady Cove Park to the deadline at Cole Rivers Hatchery, the use of bait, lures and flies is allowed. Harvest remains restricted to adipose fin clipped fish. Consult the synopsis for more information on regulations.

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