Chinook Available At Mouth
Fall fishing is just getting started on the Umpqua now that kings are being caught near the mouth. Upriver smallmouth fishing remains the main attraction, but summer steelhead are on the menu too.
The ODFW reports that the best salmon action is taking place for trollers working downstream of the Highway 101 Bridge when the tide is coming in.
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.
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. 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 for the last couple of years. Bullpup and Fuller still have brook trout, but were also recently stocked with some fingerling native rainbows.
If you’d like to experience Umpqua fishing at its 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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