Rogue River, Upper

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS
S Fk Rogue
Prospect
9 pm 3.50/359 ↓ 7 30 year
Rogue
Cole Rivers Hatchery
9 pm 5.05/4220 49.8 7 30 year
Elk Ck
near Trail
9 pm 3.38/116 7 30 year
Rogue
Dodge Bridge
9 pm 4.89/4810 51.6 7 30 year
forecast

 

What to Expect in May

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Blue-winged olive
Green drake
March brown
Salmonfly
Midge
Leech

Hatches divided by half-month.
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

 

The Rogue gets a nice caddis hatch in May, both in the mainstem and in the fly-only Holy Water below Lost Creek Dam. Use size 12 patterns. Trout fishing is closed in the mainstem of the Rogue, but you can fish for half-pounders (immature steelhead); just release your catch.

At the very end of May or in early June, the salmonflies should start hatching in the Rogue "Holy Water," the short fly-fishing-only section below Lost Creek Dam. Look for female stoneflies to drop to the surface in the evening to lay their eggs; that's the best time to fish here. Good flies are MacSalmons and Clarks Stoneflies.

There will be some early-arriving summer steelhead this month, as well as spring chinook. Some winter steelhead are available until mid-month, but they should be left alone to spawn and return to the ocean. So big, fresh anadromous fish are around, but realize that it's low-percentage fishing until August.

For more information on May fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report

What to expect in 

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NOAA, Accuweather, Weather Channel
Medford noaa
twc
accwx
Grants Pass noaa
twc
accwx
Shady Cove noaa
twc
accwx

 

Other Info Sources

The Ashland Fly Shop 541-488-6454