: UMATILLA RIVER: Steelhead fishing was fair last week with lower river anglers averaging 7.3 hours per steelhead caught and upper river anglers averaging 11.3 hours per steelhead caught. Steelhead are distributed though out the system. Anglers are find best success using bobbers and jigs and drift fishing for steelhead.
Reported by: Oregon D.F.W
Lures & Spinners
The Umatilla River flows out of the Umatilla National Forest and joins the
Columbia River at Umatilla, north of Hermiston. In its lower reaches, it offers
steelhead and coho and fall Chinook salmon angling. The season on spring Chinook
varies from year to year, depending on run projections made by state fishery
mangers. The upper river has a nice population of rainbow trout, as well as lots
of whitefish and some bull trout. Fall Chinook salmon and coho salmon are in the
river from August through December, peaking in October and November. Spring
Chinook typically make their spawning run here between mid-April and early July.
Steelhead are in the river from September and into May.