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Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 21, 2014
Location: Umpqua River,
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that 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. People interested in harvesting a steelhead should fish the North Umpqua for summer steelhead as summer progresses.
Smallmouth bass fishing is outstanding at this time. Early and late in the day the bass will come up to hit surface plugs and flies. During the midday hours, soft plastics, crankbaits, streamers and nymphs draw the strikes. Most of the fishing being caught range from 9 to 12 inches, but smallmouths over 20 inches are common.
On the North Umpqua the 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.
Good numbers of steelhead are available throughout the North with the most success coming in the early morning hours. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed.
The Umpqua high lakes are a good option for anglers looking for trout. Clearwater Forebay #2 has been stocked with over 2,000 trout so far this year. Trout anglers should also try Cliff, Buckeye, Skookum (North Umpqua), Maidu, Twin and Wolf lakes.
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.
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