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Umpqua River Sponsored by
Date 14-May-15
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Conditions : 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. Plunkers should have some success throughout the season following rain events that cause the steelhead to hug the shoreline. Spring chinook fishing has slowed with the low water conditions making some boating access difficult.

Please note the changes in regulations this year on page 40 of the 2015 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 – July 31. From Aug. 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.

Now that the water is warming up the opportunities for catching good numbers of shad and smallmouth bass are increasing. Shad fishing is usually productive through Father’s Day and smallmouth bass fishing using a variety of lures such as twister-tails and worms should be good throughout the summer months.

Summer steelhead should begin to return to the North Umpqua in the coming weeks. Most of the fish returning to the North are wild so the fishing is mostly catch-and-release. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed.

Spring chinook fishing has been spotty with some fish being caught around Rock Creek. Fishing should continue to improve throughout May especially with recent precipitation.

The South Umpqua is closed to all fishing as of May 1.

Reported by: Oregon D.F.W


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About: - The Umpqua River, is one of America's premier fishing rivers. Originating at Diamond Lake in the Cascade Mountains, the Umpqua flows through the Oregon Coast Range to meet the Pacific Ocean near Reedsport Oregon. The river contains a variety of fish species and supports year-round fishing. Boat ramps are numerous all along the length of the lower river. Winchester Bay, at the mouth of the river, is a major sport fishing destination and also has ocean charters. The upper two forks of the Umpqua River east of Roseburg are also popular for fishing

Driving Directions: The lower Umpqua River is paralleled by Hwys 38 and 138. Hwy 101 crosses the Umpqua at Reedsport, Oregon.

  • Steelhead
  • Chinook
  • Coho Salmon
  • Shad
  • Smallmouth Bass

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