SALMON & STEELHEAD FISHING
Fall Chinook Fishing
Fall Chinook fishing kicks into gear in mid August on the
Lower Umpqua. These are nice bright fish fresh from the ocean.
The best fishing is done by mooching the bar and trolling tide
water. By September and October we fish both the tide water
from power boats and fresh water from drift boats. The Upper
is fished by casting spinners, bobber fishing and back
trolling kwik fish. The state limit is two Salmon a day, with
not more than seven taken a week per angler. Our average size
Salmon is 15 to 35 lbs.
Fall Chinook on the Elk and Sixes rivers run from about
November 1 through the end of December. We primarily fish out
of drift boats while back bouncing kwik fish and roe. This is
an excellent fishery. Our largest fish boated last year was 45
lbs. caught on a bobber.
Spring Chinook Fishing
Spring Chinook fishing in April and May, just out of the
tide water in the main Umpqua can be very productive.
Springers are one of the best fighting and eating fish of all
Salmon. We use techniques similar to those used for Fall
Chinook, but fishing is done on an anchored boat.
Late May through June is the time to move up river and drift
boat fish on the North Umpqua. This is one of our most popular
trips due to the great fishing and the spectacular scenery.
Coho - Silver Salmon Fishing
The cool crisp mornings of an August Summer start the
beginning of Coho season on the mighty Umpqua River. We troll,
cast spinners and fish bait from drift boats in various
sections of the river during this time of year. These hard
fighting silvers have been plentiful the last few years with
some days boating as many as 12 fish. This is a trip highly
recommended to anyone who loves to fish.
June through September are the months that Summer Steelhead
hit bait, plugs and wet flies on the North Umpqua River. We
fish out of drift boats during this season. It is an excellent
chance to take a Steelhead on a fly, or simply enjoy a
gorgeous summer day on the river.
January through March are the prime time months to fish for
Winter Steelhead on the Elk and Sixes rivers. Your Winter
Steelhead are pound for pound one of the toughest fighting
fish around. The run on these rivers are primarily native fish
averaging from 8 to 12 lbs, but they have been caught in
excess of 20 lbs. We use side drifting roe and back trolling
plugs as a rule. Although mud bugs, shrimp and some bobber
drifting have been very productive as well. State limits vary
from river to river and the release of the native fish is