UMPQUA RIVER: The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. This fishery is primarily catch-and-release since the number of hatchery fish is relatively low compared to the number of wild fish. People interested in harvesting a steelhead should fish the North Umpqua for summer steelhead. Trout fishing in the tributaries to the mainstem closes Sept. 16. The mainstem will continue to be open for catch-and-release trout fishing through Oct. 31.
Smallmouth bass fishing is good, but the river level is low. Boaters will want to check flows or consider using rubber crafts. River Forks boat ramp will be closed for repairs until about Aug. 14. The mainstem Umpqua opens for catch and release trout on May 24. Tributaries are also open. Check regulations for harvest and gear restrictions.
Fall Chinook are moving upstream and are available for anglers. Chinook have been caught up to River Forks Park. There are fishing opportunities for both boat and bank anglers to catch Chinook along the mainstem.
The South Umpqua is open for trout and smallmouth bass through Sept. 15. Check the regulations for gear and harvest restrictions. Water levels are low, so boaters will want to check the flows or consider using rubber rafts.
The South Umpqua will be closed for all fishing from Sept. 16 through Nov. 30.