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Rain Expected To Improve Steelhead Fishing

Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 8, 2014
Species: Steelhead
Location: Umpqua River,

According to the ODFW, rain is in the forecast for this week. If the rain occurs, bank anglers should do well plunking as the river drops then as the river clears boat fishing should pick up.

On the North Umpqua Rock Creek Hatchery is once again open for visitors. The hatchery is open to visitors from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The new RockEd facility is lacking displays, but can be opened on request by calling the hatchery at (541) 496-3484.

Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. If the rain that is forecasted occurs, fishing should improve on the North as more fish move into the system. Over 1,500 steelhead have been counted through the end of January, and fish movement through the ladder has been steady since then.

The South Umpqua is open for winter steelhead fishing. The number of steelhead has increased in the South and should peak in March through early April. Most hatchery steelhead return to the South Umpqua, so anglers interested in harvesting a hatchery fish will be most successful in the South. The rain has improved conditions on the South. If the rain forecasted for this week occurs, bank anglers should enjoy some good plunking as the river drops.

If you’d like to experience Umpqua fishing at it’s best, give the folks at Wolfe Pack Guide Service a call at (541) 445-2254 or contact Northwest Sportfishing at (541) 863-1221.

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