One Winter Steelhead has arrived! Look for Steelhead feeding on eggs behind spawning Coho. Steelhead on the Rogue River has been very productive. With the recent rains, more fish have pushed into the upper water.
Fish an ugly bug with a copper swan or prince combo is a good way to get into fish. Steelhead patterns and eggs are a great way to catch fish, also.
The river has dropped from the high flows of last week but remains turbid. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir will drop from 6,000 to 4,800 cfs by Dec. 31. Interestingly, the water leaving the dam is turbid.
Inflows to Lost Creek Reservoir peaked Dec. 20-21 at levels higher than all post-dam years except 1996-1997. The reservoir is apparently still passing the high water from last week's storm. Water clarity in the Rogue may be affected for an extended period of time.
Normally the river between Cole Rivers Hatchery and Big Butte Creek is a high water fishing refuge, an area that remains clear even when the rest of the watershed is high and muddy. As of Tuesday morning this reach remains turbid.
The flow at Gold Ray was 6,340 cfs on Tuesday morning. The temperature dropped from 46F to 43F with the start of the cold snap this week.
As of Dec 30, 3,088 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery, 176 new fish for the week. The hatchery reports that a winter steelhead entered the facility this week as well.
Check regulations, river flow and temperature information before heading out. Have fun this week on the river!
The count to the hatchery as of 12/30/14
Coho = 1,048
Summer Steelhead = 3,088
Winter Steelhead = 1
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