UMPQUA RIVER: The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Winter steelhead fishing is slowing down. The mainstem Umpqua is closed for trout fishing until May 22.
Spring Chinook are now being caught in the Scottsburg to Elkton area on a regular basis and as water temperatures approach the mid 50s fishing should improve. 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.
North - Winter steelhead angling is slowing down, but bank anglers targeting winter steelhead have still been having luck around Rock Creek. 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 2015 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 open to adipose fin-clipped steelhead harvest, and a few hatchery winter steelhead are still being harvested below the confluence of Canyon Creek. There have also been reports of solid bass fishing as the water temperatures become warmer, but remember the South Umpqua is closed to all angling May 1-May 21.