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Written By: Cal Kellogg, June 29, 2014
Location: Umpqua River,
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife advised that 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.
The shad have arrived on the main Umpqua and angling pressure is picking up from Yellow Creek to Umpqua. Smallmouth bass fishing is improving as the river warms up. The mainstem Umpqua opened for catch and release trout on May 24. Tributaries are also open. Check regulations for harvest and gear restrictions.
On the north Umpqua, over 10,300 winter steelhead were counted this spring. Fishing on the north has been improving as summer steelhead begin showing.
According to Richard Wolfe of Wolfe Pack Guide Service, smallmouth action is improving on the Umpqua now that the spawn is wrapping up. Up until recently most of the bass action had been coming on soft plastics, but now topwaters and rip baits are starting to work well.
Want To Fish the Umpqua? Give the folks at Wolfe Pack Guide Service a call at (541) 445-2254.
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