Another week has gone by and I’ve got another report for the Rogue for all you river fishermen. If you’re wondering how flows are going to be this fall here is ODFW’s recommendation for outflows from Lost Creek…
|A late chrome springer from the Upper Rogue by guide Don Grieve
Aug 1-31 – 3200cfs
Sept 1-5 – 2700cfs
Sept 6-10 – 2300cfs
Sept 11-20 – 1400cfs
Sept 21-Oct 31 – 1100cfs
Now this is just their recommendation so flows can vary depending on inflow and weather conditions.
Now on to the fishing report….
Lower Rogue – Last Thursday and Friday fishing was very hot just upstream of tidewater. However, with the hot weather finally showing up that bite has turned off, and most people have moved back down to the bay. There are lots of fish rolling, and a few fish are being caught. It’s not lights out fishing yet though, but it may just be worth the drive. Rogue Bait Rigs are the favorite, but spinners and Brad’s Super Baits will also produce fish.
Middle Rogue – The first rumbling of fall fish are being heard. I haven’t seen any confirmed catches, but the word is that there are fish rolling down in the canyon. Roe and kwik fish will both produce fish, but the weeds and pikeminnow are both bad so you’ll have to choose the lesser evil.
Upper Rogue – Lots of summer steelhead are present and fishing has been pretty good for them. Plugs have been the best bet due to the high water, but all the usual options will produce fish. Over 500 steelhead have reached the hatchery collection pond so far this year. The stretch above Dodge Bridge closes on Sunday night to salmon fishing, however, below that will remain open tell Aug 31st. There are still plenty of late springers around and even a few chromers still. Kwik fish or back bounced eggs are the go to baits.
Have a great weekend and good luck on the water.