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Written By: Cal Kellogg, August 20, 2014
Location: Umpqua River,
(Elkton) 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 advises the ODFW.
Smallmouth bass fishing is good, but the river level is low. Boaters will want to check flows or consider using rubber crafts. River Forks boat ramp will be closed for repairs until about Aug. 14.
Ocean fishing out of Winchester Bay has improved as tuna and more salmon have moved inshore. The ocean is now open for Chinook and fin-clipped Coho. Some Chinook have already entered Winchester Bay and fishing will continue to improve in the bay area. This will provide some bank fishing opportunity from Halfmoon Bay through Osprey Point. Crabbing is also improving in Winchester Bay. Fishing the Triangle and South Jetty has been good for rockfish.
Trout anglers will find action in Umpqua high lakes. 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 stock for the last couple of years. Bullpup and Fuller still have brook trout, but were also recently stocked with some fingerling native rainbows.
Want To Fish the Umpqua? Give the folks at Wolfe Pack Guide Service a call at (541) 445-2254.
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