The Upper Rogue opened back up to bait and lures this past Friday for summer steelhead, and so far fishing has been very good. The 1st saw some phenomenal catches, with some boats hitting double digits. Since then it has leveled off with most boats and bank anglers still finding multiple fish each day.
Above the Shady Cove boat ramp fishing has been best using a mix of side drifted eggs and small plugs. Below the Shady Cove boat ramp it is still closed to bait fishing, so plugs will be best. Outflows from Lost Creek Dam are a chilly 43 degrees which means the steelhead won’t move far for anything. Catches have been about the same no matter what stretch you fish on the Upper Rogue, so fishing the water you know best is what will pay off.
Most anglers are finding about a 50/50 mix of hatchery and wild steelhead, so there’s always the chance to take home a fish. Silvers are also starting to show up, although they’re not normally targeted by Upper Rogue anglers. They’re notoriously lock jawed, but you can often times catch them while fishing for steelhead.
With more showers in the forecast for Thursday, fishing should continue to be good for summer steelhead on the Upper Rogue this next week. The steelhead run typically lasts into December, with the silver run peaking around Thanksgiving and lasting into December as well.
As of the latest update the hatchery has received 1,396 summer steelhead and 103 silvers. Outflows from Lost Creek Dam are hovering around 1,150 cfs.