The Fish Sniffer - Coho Quota Reaches 50 Percent
Coho Quota Reaches 50 Percent

Written By: Cal Kellogg, December 5, 2013
Species: River Salmon Steelhead
Location: Umpqua River,

The ODFW reminds anglers that the mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead.

Wild coho can still be harvested from the mouth to the Scottsburg Bridge. The limit is 1 per day, 2 per year, in aggregate. So far just over 50 percent of the quota has been caught. This week’s rain may help move both coho and steelhead.

Steelhead are available throughout the North Umpqua with the most success coming in the early morning hours. Anglers are getting hatchery steelhead in the Swiftwater area. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. The river is supposed to rise slightly this weekend.

The Umpqua from the mouth, up to the Scottsburg Bridge is open for wild coho. In addition to silvers, bank anglers are still catching a few fall chinook and coho. Bobber and eggs, shrimp or both is working well. Anglers are also using the traditional spinner.

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.


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