UMPQUA RIVER: The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The mainstem Umpqua is closed for trout fishing until May 22.
Spring Chinook are being caught in the Scottsburg to Elkton area but angling has been pretty slow. Please note the changes in regulations this year on page 33 of the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. On the Main, anglers can harvest 2 wild spring Chinook per day and up to 5 wild springers from Feb. 1 June 30. From July 1 Dec. 31, you can harvest 2 wild Chinook per day, and in combination with the other salmon/steelhead recorded on your salmon tag, up to 20 fish total. Fin-clipped hatchery fish can be recorded on a separate hatchery harvest tag that is available. There is no limit on the number of hatchery tags that can be purchased. Daily limits still apply.
Shad fishing should start improving with the typical season stretching from May-July, and smallmouth bass angling should offer excellent harvest opportunities as water temperatures warm up.
North - Winter steelhead angling is about over, but summer steelhead angling will be picking up as we move towards the summer months. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Spring Chinook fishing has been improving and should continue to do so as water temperatures warm. There have been reports of Spring Chinook being caught below Winchester Dam and around Rock Creek.
Note that from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 through June 30, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to fly angling only with a single barbless fly. Per the new regulation on page 31, 32 of the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet, from Feb. 1 July 31, 2 wild Chinook per day can be harvested. Ten wild Chinook may be harvested in the North during this time frame in aggregate with wild Chinook harvested in the Main.
The South Umpqua is currently closed to all angling through May 21.