Rogue River, Upper
|S Fk Rogue
|10 pm||3.34/304||7 30 year|
Cole Rivers Hatchery
|10 pm||3.86/2890 ↑||48.6||7 30 year|
|10 pm||4.60/394 ↓||7 30 year|
|10 pm||4.51/3940||49.8||7 30 year
What to Expect in May
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