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Winchester Bay has been good for chinook fishing in the ocean. A few fish are also starting to enter the freshwater and bank anglers at Half Moon Bay and Osprey Point are beginning to have some success.
According to the ODFW, Umpqua River chinook fishing is best below the 101 Bridge. and a few are being caught while trolling with the incoming tide. Most of these fish will stay in the estuary area until the water in the main stem cools downs, or freshet of rain gets them moving.
The warmer temperatures are making the smallmouth bass more active and available to anglers. The daily limit on smallmouth was increased to 15 per day. Although the river is low, fishing for bass has been good.
Good numbers of steelhead are available throughout the North Umpqua with the most success coming in the early morning hours. Anglers are starting to get a few hatchery steelhead in the Swiftwater area.
Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30, angling in the fly water area is restricted to a single barbless artificial fly which can be dressed with conventional fly tying material. The North Umpqua mainstem and the tributaries upstream of Soda Springs Reservoir are open for trout angling through Oct. 31.
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.Back To Reports