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Written By: Cal Kellogg, April 20, 2014
Location: Umpqua River,
The ODFW is reporting increasing numbers of steelhead in the South Umpqua, as springers trickle into the lower river.
The number of steelhead has increased in the South and should peak in the middle of 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. Both bank and boat anglers have been doing well and a good number of hatchery fish have been caught recently, especially between Canyonville and Lawson Bar.
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.
Springers have started to arrive. An angler caught an 18 pound hatchery springer early in March in the lower section and a number of big kings have been landed since then. Most anglers will start fishing in the Scottsburg area and move upstream as the season progresses. The mainstem Umpqua is closed to trout fishing until the spring trout opener May 24.
Want To Fish the Umpqua? 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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