: UMATILLA RIVER: The cold weather has put a stop to steelhead fishing for all but the hardiest angers this week but catch rates were very good again last week. Steelhead fishing was great last week with anglers averaging 1.8 hours per steelhead caught. Angling effort for salmon has dropped off as salmon are getting dark and are nearing spawning and should be handled with care prior to release. Catch rates continue to be fair for salmon in the lower river (2.7 hours per salmon caught); Anglers are concentrating on the lower river downstream of Threemile Dam and the backwater area of the Columbia River. Anglers are find best success using bobbers and jigs for steelhead and eggs for salmon. 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.