Watching where you step, Watching where you fish


What is a Redd?

   A redd is a nest of eggs. A typical redd is found in a shallow river area, usually with gravel bottoms and often is riffle tailouts.

   During spawning, female salmon seek out the gravel beds and, using their tails, sweep out a "nest," then deposit their eggs which are then fertilized by males hovering close by. The female then moves to the front of the nest and sweeps a layer of gravel over the eggs.

   For the next 5 months, if all goes well and the redds are not disturbed by other spawning fish, fishermen, or unusually high water, the eggs will develop into Alevins - Alevins are newly hatched fish with a connected yolk sac. In salmonids, this life stage is completed within the spawning gravel. Alevins develop into fry and emerge from the spawning gravel.

What do Redds look like?

   Redds can be identified by an area (often oval shaped) of clean, lighter colored gravel; which is often mounded up.


Please keep off the Redds!

   Walking on or through the redds of any spawning fish in the Rogue River and its tributaries, increases the possibility of damage to developing eggs.

Please do not fish the Redds!

   Salmon are already stressed by spawning pressures and the addition of fisherman wading through or boating over the redds scaring fish off their nests, or accidentally or intentionally (illegally)snagging spawning fish, seriously reduces their spawning opportunities and increases their mortality.

Please do your part!

   Be a responsible angler, protect the future of our sport. Be aware of spawning salmon and their redds. Keep off the redds and do not fish the redds.