FISHING THE UMPQUA
UMPQUA RIVER FISHING GUIDE.
The Umpqua river system has three different rivers: the North, South and Main Umpqua. The three stems are known for their extraordinary winter and summer steelhead, spring and fall chinook and summer small mouth bass fishing. The Main Umpqua has world class small mouth bass fishing and can be fished from June-September.
The North Umpqua is a tributary of the Main Umpqua River; the headwaters originate near Diamond Lake and flows through the Cascade Mountain Range south east of Eugene. The North Umpqua River has a phenomenal winter steelhead run, and its winter steelhead fishery is primarily a wild fish run that offers great opportunity for catch and release from December- April. The North Umpqua produces some of the largest steelhead on the west coast often exceeding 20lbs. If you want to retain hatchery steelhead for table fair, the North Umpqua also has a great hatchery run of summer steelhead.
The South Umpqua is the other tributary of the Main Umpqua River whose headwaters are situated just east of Rosburg while originating near Tiller, Oregon. The South Umpqua is one of my favorite places to fish for winter steelhead. The South Umpqua has a mix of hatchery and wild steelhead run and can also produce large fish over 20lbs. I like to fish from the town of Canyonville to Myrtle Point. The South Umpqua can easily be one of the most productive places to fish in Southwest Oregon.
Winter and summer steelhead and fall and spring chinook will be fished for out of my 2017 17’ Willie Drift Boat. Fishing in the Bay will be fished out of my 2018 24’ Willie Raptor.
** Winter steelhead fishing takes place from January-April **
** Summer Steelhead takes place from June-August **