The Fish Sniffer - Bass Bite Despite Low Water Conditions
Bass Bite Despite Low Water Conditions

Written By: Cal Kellogg, August 6, 2014
Species: Bass Steelhead Trout
Location: Umpqua River,

(Elkton) The Oregon Department of Wildlife (ODFW) reported that smallmouth bass fishing is good, but the river level is low. Boaters will want to check flows or consider using rubber crafts.

River Forks boat ramp will be closed for repairs until about Aug. 14. The mainstem Umpqua opened for catch and release trout on May 24. Tributaries also open.

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.

On the North Umpqua anglers are getting some summer steelhead as the chinook season winds down. The Chinook season closes Aug. 1. Steelhead are also up in the fly waters and anglers are fishing the area more.

Fishing has been good in the Umpqua high lakes country. For brook trout anglers should try Cliff, Buckeye, Skookum (North Umpqua), Maidu, Twin and Wolf lakes. Linda, Pitt Lake, and Calamut have been stocked with a native rainbow stock for the last couple of years. Bullpup and Fuller still have brook trout, but were also recently stocked with some fingerling native rainbows.

Want To Fish the Umpqua? Give the folks at Wolfe Pack Guide Service a call at (541) 445-2254.

 

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