The Hatchery Hole is Closed to All Fishing Through July 31

Rogue River- Upper - Medford, OR (Jackson County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
7-14-2021
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The Hatchery Hole, which encompasses the reach of river from Cole Rivers Hatchery Blocker Dam to 1,200 feet downstream, is currently closed to ALL FISHING through July 31. In the remainder of the upper Rogue, only hatchery steelhead, hatchery trout and hatchery spring Chinook can be retained.

Wild Chinook can be retained if caught below Dodge Bridge. No wild Chinook can be harvested upstream of Dodge Bridge. Chinook Angling above Dodge Bridge closes on Aug. 1.

Many anglers are still targeting spring Chinook in the upper River right now. Plugs wrapped with an anchovy/herring are usually the ticket. Back-bouncing with bait such as roe, roe and sand shrimp/ghost shrimp, or even tuna bellies are good tickets. 

Given current water levels, drift boat anglers should be aware of Rattlesnake Rapids between Dodge Bridge and Modoc. For the novice, tt’s a good idea to float this section with an experienced boat handler. The Denman Wildlife area on the Modoc access site is a good float if one doesn’t want to deal with Rattlesnake.

Another push of 277 spring Chinook brought this year’s total to 1,444 fish, far below the long-term average but closer to meeting broodstock needs. 189 fresh summer steelhead also entered the ladder bringing the total to 387 fish for the year (about 30 fish under the 10 year average for this time of year).                                                                          

Flows will be relatively stable for the foreseeable future with 1468 cfs and a temperature target of 53 degrees coming out of William L. Jess Dam.

Locally-owned and operated tackle and fly shops in Medford, Shady Cove, and Ashland have excellent gear and very fresh bait, local flies and knowledge that is specific to the Rogue and to your particular technique. Go check them out and offer them your support.

For the latest fish counts, call into the Lost Creek Reservoir hotline or check the MyODFW.com fish counts page.

For the most current releases of water out of Lost Creek Reservoir, call 1-800-472-2434. For real time streamflow from USGS gauges on the Rogue click here.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, July 14th

Ana Reservoir: The Reservoir Was Recently Stocked With 4,000 Rainbow Trout
Balm Creek Reservoir: Balm Creek Provides a Good Oppertunity to Escape The Heat
Chewaucan River: The Water Is Already Starting To Approach Summer Flows
Deming Creek: Inaccessible Due to Fire
Duncan Reservoir: Inaccessible Due to Fire
Fish Lake : Fish Lake and Camping Around the Lake is Accessible
Gerber Reservoir: Targeting Yellow Perch is Your Best Bet
Heart Lake: Inaccessible Due to Fire
Holbrook Reservoir: Inaccessible Due to Fire
Lake Of The Woods: Fishing Will Be Fair as Most Stocked Rainbow Trout Will Move to Deeper Water
Lofton Reservoir: Inaccessible Due to Fire
Long Creek Reservoir: Fishing is Not Recommended at This Time Due to the Bootleg Fire in That Area
Phillips Reservoir: Bag Limits and Size Limits For All Species Have Been Lifted From July 15 Through Sept 6
Sprague River: Fishing is Not Recommended at This Time Due to Smoke From the Bootleg Fire
Sycan River: Fishing is Not Recommended at This Time
Thief Valley Reservoir: Bag Limits and Size Limits For All Species Have Been Lifted From July 15 Through Sept 6
Thompson Valley Reservoir: Inaccessible Due to Fire
Wood River: Wood River Fishing Update
John Day River: Flows on The John Day River are Currently Unusually Low For This Time of Year
Agate Lake: Agate Lake is at 36 Percent Capacity
Applegate Reservoir: The Reservoir is 49 Percent Full
Bradley Lake: Bradley Lake Fishing Update
Butterfield Lake: Butterfield Lake Fishing Update
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Anglers Continue to Catch Trout and Other Species During The Hot Weather
Emigrant Reservoir: Bass Fishing Should Be Fair to Good
Fish Lake : Lake Level is 25 Percent Full
Hemlock Lake: Road is Likely Closed Due to Fires
Illinois River: Emergency Regulations Change: Effective July 1
Lake Selmac: The Coming Week Should See a Slight Cool Off at Lake Selmac
Lost Creek Lake: Fishing is Still Good
Medco Pond: Trout Should Still be Available
Rogue River- Lower: Early Success on Chinook
Rogue River - Middle: Emergency Drought Regulations

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