: UMATILLA RIVER: Good numbers of both salmon and steelhead are available in the lower Umatilla. Catch rates continue to be good for coho in the lower river; effort is picking up for steelhead. Anglers should concentrate on the lower river downstream of Threemile Dam and the backwater area of the Columbia River. Anglers are find best success using eggs for salmon in the upstream areas of the Umatilla and spinners and plugs in the mouth of the Umatilla. Fish numbers and catch will improve as the flows increase and water temperatures decrease. The upper Umatilla is open to catch-and-release trout fishing and fishing for rainbow trout has been good. Anglers should consult the synopsis for detailed regulations.
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.