UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: steelhead, spring Chinook
The 200-foot fishing restriction around mainstem Umpqua tributary mouths has been lifted. The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Fall Chinook fishing should be hit-or-miss in the lower river with some anglers having success fishing from the bank in Winchester Bay. Fall Chinook are also being caught upriver to River Forks Park. The mainstem Umpqua is open for catch-and-release trout fishing. Trout fishing in Umpqua tributaries also is open, with fishing restricted to the use of artificial flies and lures except for in tidewater areas where bait is allowed.
Please note the changes in regulations this year on page 40 of the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. On the Main, anglers can harvest 2 wild spring Chinook per day and up to 5 wild springers from Feb. 1 – June 30. From July 1– Dec. 31, you can harvest 2 wild Chinook per day, and in combination with the other salmon/steelhead recorded on your salmon tag, up to 20 fish total. Fin-clipped hatchery fish can be recorded on a separate hatchery harvest tag that is available. There is no limit on the number of hatchery tags that can be purchased. Daily limits still apply.
The Mainstem Umpqua opened for wild coho salmon retention on Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15. Wild coho can only be kept from the tips of the jetties upstream to the bridge at Scottsburg. Please check for bag limit information (pdf).
Fishing for smallmouth bass should continue to be productive. Smallmouth bass fishing using a variety of lures such as twister-tails and worms should be good throughout the summer months.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: steelhead, spring Chinook
Good numbers of summer steelhead are in the North Umpqua. Remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Trout fishing on portions of the mainstem North Umpqua and tributaries are open, and anglers should pay close attention to which sections and streams are open to catch-and-release, harvest, and artificial fly use outlined in the regulation manual. Please note that the spring Chinook season ended on July 31.
Note that from July 1 through Sept. 30, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to a single barbless unweighted artificial fly which can be dressed with conventional fly tying material. Per the new regulation on page 40 of the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet, from Feb. 1 – July 31, 2 wild Chinook per day can be harvested and up to 10 wild Chinook during this time frame in combination with wild Chinook harvested in the Main.
Remember that from March 1 through July 31 the anti-snagging 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 fishing.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH:
The South Umpqua is currently closed to all fishing until Dec. 1.
This concludes our 2015 Umpqua River Fishing Report
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