The Upper Rogue River is a special place for me. Since I moved to Southern Oregon in 1993, I’ve been fishing for salmon and steelhead on the Upper Rogue. The headwaters of the Rogue start at a little place called Boundary Springs located below Crater Lake. The Rogue River is famous for its spring and fall chinook, Coho salmon and winter and summer steelhead runs. The Rogue River is one of only a handful of rivers on the west coast that have year-round salmon and steelhead fishing. The Rogue’s fishery is maintained by the Cole Rivers fish hatchery built in 1973. The hatchery was built to mitigate the loss of spawning grounds when the Lost Creek, Applegate and Elk Creek dams were constructed.
The Rogue River offers many different places to fish. From Shady Cove (Upper Rogue) to Grants Pass (Middle Rogue) are my preferred areas to fish. The Rogue River has a world-renowned spring chinook fishery with a mix of hatchery and wild fish, as well as an abundance of winter and summer steelhead with a mix of hatchery and wild fish as well.