River Outlook

ROGUE - The entire Rogue remains very high and somewhat turbid. Anglers are fishing the entire stretch from the Hatchery Hole to the beach, though tactics and locations are changing.

The best bet depends on your fishing style. Bank anglers will do best at the Hatchery Hole, where flows are cooking at more than 6,000 cubic feet per second. There are fish in the hole, with more than 10 walking out Tuesday alone. It's the first real showing of springers that far into the upper Rogue.

For boat anglers, the better high-water spots are tops, looking to intercept migrating salmon along corners of the channel and the inside turns of gravel bars. That means Pierce Riffle, Gold Ray Dam and selected spots downstream of TouVelle State Park for driftboaters and powerboaters who can find a place for their boats to hold. Back-bouncing roe will be best, but don't shy away from K-16 Kwikfish.

Fish are starting to move in decent numbers over Gold Ray Dam. Through May 15, 1,161 chinook had gone over the dam, with about 100 or more a day from May 12-15.

The middle Rogue is running even higher, with more than 9,000 cfs recorded Wednesday at Grants Pass. Anchovies with spinner blades have worked fairly well for boaters and even some side-planers around Griffin Park and the Gold Hill area.

In the lower Rogue, anglers in boats and off banks continue to find some spring chinook, though most of the fish seem to be blowing past them. Boaters using anchovies and large blades are hitting fish in the Clay Banks area, while bankies at Lobster Creek and Dunkelberger Bar are hitting a few. Flows at Agness actually dropped between Tuesday and Wednesday, but Wednesday's flows of 11,200 cfs at Agness means the water is fast and cool.

The entire river downstream of the hatchery diversion opens for trout fishing Saturday. High water will hamper early-season fly-fishing, but look for good catches of cutthroat and rainbows when flows subside.

UMPQUA - Spring chinook are coming up the main-stem Umpqua and anglers have been catching decent numbers of springers. The stretch from Scottsburg to Elkton tends to be best for early spring chinook. Water flows are high. No shad catches yet reported.

All wild steelhead must be released unharmed system-wide. The South Umpqua is closed to angling.

The North Umpqua has remained fishable, and anglers are switching from winter steelhead to spring chinook and early-run summer steelhead. The final count for winter steelhead at Winchester Dam was 9,631 fish. So far, more than 200 spring chinook have passed the dam and a few have been seen in the Narrows and Swiftwater areas. Sturgeon and striped bass fishing remain slow in the lower section of the main-stem Umpqua.

COQUILLE - The entire system is closed to steelhead fishing. Trout fishing is closed in streams and tidewater until May 24.

CHETCO - The Chetco River system is closed to angling until May 24.

ELK/SIXES - Both river systems are closed to angling until May 24.

WINDCHUCK - The river system is closed to angling until May 24.

APPLEGATE - The river system is closed to angling until May 24.

CROOKED - Warmer weather is resulting in some nice insect hatches. Fly-fishermen are doing fairly well on redband trout. Biologists have begun a radio-telemetry study on redband trout and whitefish. It is illegal to keep or kill a radio-tagged fish.

DESCHUTES - Trout fishing is improving on the lower Deschutes with warmer weather. Trout anglers should be successful using nymphs, but anglers should be watchful for mid-day hatches. The Deschutes River upstream from the northern boundary of the Warms Springs Reservation is now open and fishing is good.

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