FISHING CALENDAR 

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Winter
Steelhead
           
Sturgeon
Spring
Chinook
               
Fall
Chinook
         
Striped
Bass
       
Shad                  
Summer
Steelhead
           
Smallmouth
Bass
           
Coho (Silver
Salmon)
             
Bay
Crabbing
       
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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THE SPRING FISHING SEASON

Unexpected weather fronts move in so be prepared for unpredictable weather; meaning rain.

Bring the same clothing and gear as for winter:

  • Waterproof Gore-Tex or equivalent outerwear that "breathes" stifling vapor out yet traps body heat beneath.

  • Chest waders, for added warmth, and for times when we launch and land. Also repels occasional drizzle or spray from the river.

  • Two pairs of toasty socks.

  • Mittens or gloves.

Hand warmer; either chemical packs or lighter fluid kind.

You must have an Oregon fishing license and tag before fishing time.

Be prepared to strip off outer layers of clothing should the day be warm and sunny.
We'll go for a variety of species; Striped Bass or Sturgeon in tidewater. Then, as the season progresses, we'll target Spring Chinook, Shad and Smallmouth Bass, along ten remote and fabled miles of the famous Umpqua River "loop".


THE SUMMER FISHING SEASON

Fog in the morning and radiating afternoon warmth make for temperature extremes. If you like wearing hiking shorts, consider wearing them beneath jeans. As the fog lifts and the day warms, you'll be prepared to bask in the sun.

On flies or lures, the Bass and Shad action heats up in May and June and scorch ultra-lite reels in July and August. Also try fly fishing or tossing plugs for Summer Steelhead, at the "loop" or near Steamboat, on the productive North Fork of the Umpqua River.
Recommended items to bring:

  • Hat, sun-glasses and sun-screen

  • Swim suit

  • Wading shoes

  • Light rain gear

  • Camera and film

  • Fishing gear, if you like (or use ours).
    You must have an Oregon fishing license and tag before fishing time.


    THE FALL FISHING SEASON

    Fall - The radiating warmth of Indian Summer, with the leaves turning deep bronze and the hint of crisp wind in the air help make angling in Fall a heady experience. Since Oregon weather can be unpredictable, be prepared for the winter worst but hope for the summer best and your Autumn angling adventure is sure to be memorable and rewarding.
    Bring the same clothing and gear as for winter,
    Waterproof Gore-Tex or equivalent outerwear that "breathes", stifling vapor out yet traps body heat beneath.
    Chest waders, for added warmth, and for times when we launch and land. Also helps to repel occasional drizzle or spray from the river.
    Two pairs of toasty socks.
    Mittens or gloves.
    Hand warmer; either chemical packs or lighter fluid kind.
    Layer your clothing just in case it starts to warm up.
    You must have an Oregon fishing license and tag before fishing time.
    As the Smallmouth Bass bite cools in September, the Coho and Fall Chinook bites are coming on strong. We'll toss spinners on medium-spin or bait casting tackle, or try streamer flies and other patterns.


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    THE WINTER FISHING SEASON

    Winter - Expect changeable weather for Steelhead or late Salmon runs, from near freezing temperatures, to fog, drizzle, rain or sparkling blue skies with sunny days. Some of the best days for fishing in winter are some of the worst days for humans, be scout prepared and bring the following;
    Waterproof Gore-Tex or equivalent outerwear that "breathes" stifling vapor out yet traps body heat beneath.
    Chest waders, for added warmth, and for times when we launch and land. Also repels occasional drizzle or spray from the river.
    Two pairs of toasty socks.
    Mittens or gloves.
    Hand warmer; either chemical packs or lighter fluid kind.
    You must have an Oregon fishing license and tag before fishing time.
    We'll be going primarily after Steelhead and Chinook Salmon on the Elk and Sixes rivers from November to January, then Steelheading the Umpqua into March. Your guide will backrow to help you "pull" your plug. He'll deftly place you ahead of productive pockets, as your Hot Shot, Wiggle Wart, or Kwikfish tricks a chrome-bright Steelie or King.




Email Todd Hannah  Fishing Guide, Outfitter & Consultant

Todd Hannah  -  PO Box 489  -  Elkton, Oregon 97436