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River Outlook:

ROGUE - The lower Rogue bay continues to provide a respectable fishery for a mix of wild coho and chinook salmon, while the middle Rogue has turned into a full summer steelhead show and anglers battling frigid water conditions are hitting a few summer steelhead on egg flies in the upper Rogue.

That makes the best bet the middle Rogue, where waters from Gold Ray Dam down to the Hog Creek Boat Ramp are closed now for chinook fishing. Downstream of Hog Creek remains open, and most anglers are targeting steelhead and not salmon any longer.

The chinook are spawning and anglers casting egg flies are catching steelhead right under the Caveman Bridge in downtown Grants Pass, the Galice area, in the fast water at Griffin Park downstream from the spawning beds and in the Gold Hill area. Roe is a far second to egg flies because the eggs coming down are individual.

Chinook fishing is hit-or-miss in the Agness area, with catches decent but most of the fish are big and dark. Many of these dark chinook are bound for the Illinois and they will shoot up the Illinois once flows rise there. Catch these fish now in the Rogue by side-drifting roe. The Quosatana area remains best.

Halfpounder fishing remains good and fly-fishing for them around Agness is very good thanks to low-water conditions, though it tapered off as the water levels dropped. The fish are starting to stabilize and the lower flows should make them easier to catch.

The lower Rogue Canyon remains good for adult steelhead and halfpounders, with angling restricted to artificial flies and lures. Twitching streamers under sink-tip lines has been very good in riffles for adult steelhead, and good numbers of hatchery fish remain in the mix. Chinook fishing has slowed because of a lack of effort. The bait restriction for summer steelhead also means anglers can use Kwikfish for chinook, but they cannot be wrapped with a sardine filet.

In the upper Rogue, water released from Lost Creek is an extremely chilly 41.8 degrees, making for some pretty sluggish steelhead. They will bite single-egg flies, prince nymphs and stonefly imitations, but swinging streamers through traditional steelhead runs is less productive now. The flies-only season remains in effect through Halloween in the upper Rogue. Steelhead fishing is best in riffles and in the Denman Wildlife Area and at TouVelle State Park.

As of Oct. 4, 6,063 fall chinook had been counted at Gold Ray Dam. There remains no legal chinook fishing upstream of the dam; catch-and-release fishing that targets chinook also is illegal.

The summer steelhead count as of Oct. 4 was 4,461 at Gold Ray Dam. That's the last count available from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Fresh fish will continue to trickle over the dam well into December.

All wild steelhead must be released unharmed riverwide.

ILLINOIS - Summer steelhead and some halfpounders have moved into the lower reaches to take advantage of cooler water conditions.

UMPQUA - Fishing for coho salmon has slowed in the estuary but remains good on spinners in slack waters downstream of Elkton. Rains pulled those fish out of the estuary. The vast majority of the catches are wild coho that must be released unharmed. Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the flies-only waters of the North Umpqua and good in the bait water near Rock Creek. Chinook fishing is closed in the Rock Creek area. Flows in the South Umpqua remain extremely low and all fishing is closed.

COQUILLE - Fall chinook salmon is fair for those trolling spinners in tidewater, especially around Prosper and Rocky Point. The wild coho fishery is open, but catches remain slow. Striped bass fishing is slow.

COOS - Fall chinook fishing has tailed off but it remain but catches have tailed off in tidewater. The South Fork of Coos River has good chinook fishing now. Sturgeon fishing is slow in the estuary, as is fishing for striped bass.

CHETCO - Fishing is closed upstream of the Highway 101 bridge until Nov. 7. Fishing for chinook in the bay is fair to slow. Last week's rains drew many of the chinook out of tidewater, and the river dropped quickly and remains low.

APPLEGATE - The river is open to angling, and a few fly-fishers are catching and releasing rainbow trout in the McKee and Applegate areas. The river is closed to steelhead fishing.