The Fish Sniffer - Warm Rain Needed To Spark Steelhead Fishing
Warm Rain Needed To Spark Steelhead Fishing

Written By: Cal Kellogg, January 4, 2014
Species: Steelhead
Location: Umpqua River,

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife relates 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 South Umpqua from late January through April. The low water levels and cold water temperatures are slowing the bite. Expect things to improve with a warm rain. The wild coho season is now closed. Only adipose clipped coho can be retained.

The South Umpqua is open for winter steelhead fishing. Few steelhead are in the South during December, but numbers increase throughout January and February and peak in March. Most hatchery steelhead return to the South Umpqua.

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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