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Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 23, 2014
Location: Umpqua River,
The ODFW reminds anglers that all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Over 1,500 steelhead have been counted on the North Umpqua through the end of January, and fish movement through the ladder has been steady since then.
The river should be in good condition for both bank and boat anglers this weekend. The water is warm and the fish have been moving.
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.
The South Umpqua is open for winter steelhead fishing. The number of steelhead has increased in the South and should peak in March through early April. Most hatchery steelhead return to the South Umpqua, so anglers interested in harvesting a hatchery fish will be most successful in the South. The rain has improved conditions on the South. Both bank and boat anglers have been doing well and a good number of hatchery fish have been caught recently.
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.
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