The mainstem Umpqua is formed with the joining of the World famous North Umpqua and the lesser known south fork. They come together a short distance from Roseburg , Oregon and offer the angler one of the most diverse fisheries anywhere in the world. There is literally not a day during the calendar year when you can’t reasonably expect to catch Salmon (three species including Spring Chinook, Fall Chinook and Coho), Steelhead, Trout, Smallmouth bass, Striped Bass or Sturgeon at one place or another in this massive river system. I guide from inside the jaws of the Bay at Winchester , Oregon on the south central Oregon Coast , all the way up river some 125 miles to the dam at Soda Springs on the North Umpqua. Certainly there are best times and locations for all the various species that are available on the Umpqua . You can check other areas of my web site or get a hold of me anytime for updates on particular runs and specie specific info.
The Umpqua is home to truly world class smallmouth bass fishing throughout the late spring and into early fall. Two hundred fish days for two anglers in my drift boat is not uncommon during the peak of the season. These fish are readily taken on flies and soft plastics on light spin tackle. Bass in the 18” to 20” class weighing three plus pounds are taken nearly every day on some stretches of the river that I guide on. Many of the bass are 12” to 16” and are some of the hardest fighting fish pound for pound of any specie that I guide for.
Salmon come into the Umpqua system starting at Winchester bay and can be caught throughout the river. Fall Chinook to 50 pounds are caught nearly every season. Coho ascend the system in the fall and can be caught into late November. Coho average around 6 to 8 pounds but every year some of my anglers land them into the upper teens. Spring Chinook are targeted in the River around the Elkton, Oregon area from my power boat in March, April and May. These are incredibly powerful fish and without doubt, they are the best eating Salmon that swim. Umpqua Spring Chinook average around 20 pounds with fish in the 30 lb. class fairly common. Every year someone on the river gets a monster weighing in the upper 40’s and even 50 pounders have been caught in recent years.
Steelhead come into the Umpqua every month of the year. Summer Steelhead fishing is almost exclusively conducted up on the North Umpqua June through late October. The winter steelhead begin their return in December and run through March each year. The mainstem Umpqua produces more truly trophy size winter steelhead than probably any river system in Oregon , if not the North West . The Winter Season of 2005 produced one steelhead that weighed over 27 pounds for one lucky angler.
Sturgeon and Striped Bass are also available at certain times of the year in the lower part of the Umpqua . Contact me for additional information on these fisheries.