The Fish Sniffer - Shad, Bass And Steelhead Battle Umpqua Anglers
Shad, Bass And Steelhead Battle Umpqua Anglers

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 10, 2014
Species: Bass Steelhead Shad
Location: Umpqua River,

Fishing on the Umpqua isn’t red hot for any single species, but when you factor in the shad bite, the bass action and the chance of hooking a big bad summer run steelhead it becomes clear that the Umpqua is a great destination for early summer anglers.

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, there are shad in the main Umpqua and anglers are scoring with fishing pressure picking up from Yellow Creek to Umpqua.

Bass fishing is going strong for both fly and conventional tackle anglers. The spawn is basically over and topwater action has kicked in. Early and late in the day anglers are scoring with deer hair bucks, small poppers and walking baits.

On the north Umpqua Rock Creek Hatchery is open for visitors. The hatchery is open to visitors from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Anglers are urged to remember that all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Through mid-April, over 10,300 winter steelhead were counted. Starting May 1 the steelhead are classified as summer steelhead and their numbers should improve throughout the spring and early summer. Hatchery fish will be available.

Want To Fish the Umpqua? Give the folks at Wolfe Pack Guide Service a call at (541) 445-2254.


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