Salmon Reward Umpqua Fishermen
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds anglers that the mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead.
Chinook fishing is best below the Highway 101 Bridge and a few are being caught while trolling with the incoming tide. Some fall chinook are already finding their way upstream and have been caught by anglers. Good upstream fishing areas includes from James Woods up to Umpqua boat ramp, plus Cleveland Rapids and River Forks. Bank anglers did fairly well last year at River Forks.
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. All wild steelhead must be released unharmed.
Clearwater Forebay #2 received about 500 nice 14-inch trout in time for Labor Day. 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 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