Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Rogue River Michigan
Even though it is close to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in
many places the Rogue River is a beautiful stream. If
you were blind folded and taken there, you may think
you were fishing a remote, northern Michigan trout
streams rather than one close to Grand Rapids.

The Rogue River is a major tributary of the Grand
River, another world renowned steelhead and salmon
fishery. The river is divided by the Rockford Dam. The
upper Rogue river is considered the section above the
dam and below the dam, of course, is the lower section
of the Rogue. The dam prevents the salmon and
steelhead from migrating further upstream.

Most of the upper part of the 42 mile long river offers
some good opportunities for brown, brook and rainbow
trout. The lower section has both a Spring and Fall run
of Steelhead and Salmon.

The upper Rogue River is mostly fished from boats or
canoes. Wading is possible in some areas but some of
the water has too soft of a bottom to wade.  The Rogue
runs through the Rogue River State Game Area.

Its headwaters are a series of ditches that drain the old
Rice Lake bed near Grant. That area of the stream has
been dredged and straightened and offers very little
fish habitat. The other sections of the upper river
provides a good habitat for trout.

The Rogue River steelhead and salmon fishery exist in
a total distance of about seven miles, the area from the
dam to the confluence with the Grand River.  Prairie
Creek and the Flat River, both tributaries to the Rogue,
also receive noteworthy steelhead runs.

The Rogue River has good wading access at West
River, Packer, Jericho, and Childsdale Roads.

Seasons:
The season varies with the species. Be sure to check
the current regulations
Spring:
Springtime is a good time for fly fishing the Rogue River
for trout due to the plentiful aquatic insect hatches.
Summer:
The water can get a little too warm in some areas of the
river during the summer.
Fall:
Fall is the best time to catch steelhead with October
probably being the best month.
Winter:
Steelhead remain in the river on into early Spring.
Winter can be good during decent weather. The
steelhead and trout can be sluggish when the water
temperature is very low.  
Type of Stream
Freestone and tailwater

Species
Brown Trout (Wild and Stocked)
Brook Trout (Wild and Stocked)
Rainbow (Stocked)
Salmon
Steelhead

Size
Small to Medium

Location
Western Michigan

Nearest Town
Grand Rapids
Rockford

Season
Trout First Saturday of April through
February. Steelhead and salmon,
check current regulations

Access:
Good in most areas but some private
property

Non-Resident License
State of Michigan

Weather
National Weather Service Link

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Rogue River Michigan Fly Fishing Report:
11/16/13 More steelhead in the lower river according
to a customer who ordered more of our Spey flies. He
caught one and reported others being caught. Rain
has helped but wading is difficult.
02/04/14 Sorry to be so slow reporting but ice and very cold weather has resulted in few fish
caught and little to report. Maybe they will get a break soon.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $50 are shipped via
Priority Mail.  
09/05/15 It appears the water is still to warm but this should change soon. Give us a call or
shoot us an email.
10/31/15 Steelhead fishing is currently very good. Anglers are mostly using egg flies but
swinging and nymphing is also working.
Fishing Report 11/14/16
Below at bottom of page
11/14/15 Stream levels are about normal and lots of steelhead are being caught. The
steelhead Cinnamon Caddis larva fly has been hot lately. Extaz eggs are also working good.
11/28/15 Lots of steelhead are being caught. Swinging and nymphing is working best
although a few are still being taken on egg flies.
12/12/15 There are a few steelhead being caught in the lower river. The river is at a
normal level.  
01/01/16 There are still a few fish being caught in the lower section. There is some ice and
you do need to use nymphs versus swinging methods with the colder water.
01/11/16 The stream levels is high right now but should fall back down. Our customers are
doing good swinging and nymphing on an indicator.
Perfect Fly Steelhead pattersn:
02/08/16 The river levels are staying high in all sectiions. Some steelhead were being caught
but the high, cold water has slowed things down.
Nymphs on indicators are the only way  to go.
02/22/16 Melting snow on the banks due to the recent warm weather has the stream high and
dingy. It should clear back up quickly.
03/12/16 The river has been high for the last few days but down now and anglers are catching
steelhead swinging our Spey flies and nymphs like the Green Sedge and Giant Black stonefly.
03/21/16 Stream levels are down and in good shape and steelhead are being caught.
USGS Real-Time Stream Flow:
Near Rockford
03/28/16 Stream levels are back up high and the water stained badly. Watch the stream
levels and catch it on the fall just above normal and you should pick up some steelhead.
04/09/16 Stream levels are back down and our customers are reporting that they are
catching steelhead swinging and on eggs. The water temperature is also in better shape.
Trout fishing season is open and cream and red midge larva and pupa in tandem  and little
BWO nymphs are working good.
05/02/16 The levels are still a little high and some more rain is ahead. It is warming at about
49 degrees. Anglers picking up spring run steelhead. Trout are being caught and some major
hatches should begin very soon.
05/16/16 The stream levels are still running high but can be fished, but not waded. Lots of
insects are hatching. Less rain is in the forecast, so conditions should improve.
06/04/16 Lots of hatches and lots of brook, brown and rainbow trout being caught. Conditions
are good and should continue to be good this coming week.
06/20/16 Customers are reporting good trout fishing opportunity. There are several hatches
taking place including Little Yellow stoneflies, Slate Drakes, BWOs, Sulphurs and others.
Stream levels are in good shape and the water clear.  
07/04/16 Stream levels are near normal. The water is getting up into the high sixties during
the day. Fish early and very late in the day. Hatches are still taking place.
07/18/16 Early morning fishing is the best time. The weather is going to be a little cooler but
the water temperature is still very marginal. We don't recommend fishing if it is over 68.
08/22/16 Stream levels are just a little above normal (which is good). The water is still to
warm up in the day for trout but it is getting cooler. Fish early mornings.
08/29/16 Stream levels are still just a little above normal but the water still too warm for trout
most of the day.
09/05/16 The stream levels are running at a normal level. The weather is still to warm for much
of anything to be going on. It will change soon.
10/03/16 There are some Coho being caught on Sucker Spawn. The stream levels is up right
now with more rain forecast and more fish should be coming in.
Sucker Spawn and Crystal
Meth flies.
10/17/16 The river is up to 474 cfs at 5.70 feet. Swinging should be the best method at this
time. Egg flies are also working. A good number of steelhead have been caught.
10/31/16 The stream levels are back up high again at 290 cfs at 4.73. Steelhead are still
being caught mostly swinging but some on nymphs and egg flies.
Perfect Fly Steelhead Flies.
11/07/16 The stream level were up but back down near normal levels. There are steelhead
throughout the river and some are being caught. Our Veiled Beadhead Crystal egg fly is
working great along with the Estaz eggs.
11/14/16 The action has slowed down due to lower water levels but steelhead are still being
caught.