Similar to last year we’re experiencing extremely high flows going into May. However, this year it’s even higher currently, with flows in the upper Rogue beating the record by nearly 2000cfs, and even at Gold Ray it’s 200cfs higher than the previous record. It’s made fishing tough on the river, but still doable. The high mountain lakes also open tomorrow for trout.
|Guide Brady Rogers has been finding quite a few
chrome hens on the upper Rogue this week
Upper Rogue – The very upper stretch is just about the only thing currently worthwhile on the Rogue. Flows had been at 5500cfs this week, but shot up to 6000cfs last night. There are plenty of fresh winter steelhead present, but you’ll have to head near the hatchery to intercept them. Bank anglers are fairing very well at the hatchery hole on just about everything for winter steelhead. They are also finding a couple of springers just about every day. Boat anglers were fairing very well all the way down to Rogue Elk despite the high flows. Plugs were outfishing side drifting.
Middle Rogue – Flows are too high and turbid for fishing currently. Anglers wanting to try and intercept springers should plunk close to the bank.
Lower Rogue – The raising river this week largely turned the bite off. Some excellent days were being had before the river started to rise. Luckily flows are currently peaking, and fishing should be picking back up the next couple of days. Rogue Bait Rigs with an anchovy, and either a gold or green blade continue to be the go-to presentation.
|Lower Rogue anglers were finding quite a few springer before the water went on the rise, like these by guide Andy Martin.
Now that flows are dropping the bite should come back on.
The high mountain trout opener is this weekend, and it’s looking like it could be a good one this year. Howard Prairie, and Hyatt Lake are both ice free. Still fishing will most likely out produce trolling during the opening weekend. Diamond Lake is still 99% covered in ice, but does have some open water. If you’re wanting to head up there for some ice-fishing be sure to give the resort a call 541-793-3333, to check on the ice conditions.