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Written By: Cal Kellogg, May 14, 2014
Location: Umpqua River,
The ODFW reported that the South Umpqua was closed for all fishing as of May 1 and will not open again until May 24. Fishing pressure was very light going into the closure.
On the North Umpqua all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Through the end of March over 9,000 winter steelhead have been counted. Springers are trickling in and anglers are catching them from Amacher and up in the Swiftwater area.
Note that from Oct. 1 through June 30, angling in the fly water area is restricted to a single barbless artificial fly, which can be dressed with conventional fly tying material. Remember that from March 1 through July 31 the anti-snag gear restrictions apply on the north from the Lone Rock boat ramp upstream to the fly area boundary above Rock Creek. The Mainstem from Soda Springs Dam, including Soda Springs Reservoir, up to Slide Creek Dam is closed year-round to angling.
On the main Umpqua springers are the target at this this time. Most guys are fishing up stream of Scottsburg. Both roe and plugs are drawing strikes from fish to 40 pounds.
The shad should start arriving by early May. Smallmouth bass fishing will improve as the river warms up. The mainstem Umpqua is closed to trout fishing until the spring trout opener May 24.
Want To Fish the Umpqua? 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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