Umpqua River (North Fork)

Winter Steelhead Showing Nicely Throughout Western Oregon

Winter Steelhead Showing Nicely Throughout Western Oregon

Reports of decent steelhead fishing surfaced up and down the coast in early January. As the early rains of 2013 diminished and gave way to a short cold snap, the bite layed down a tad. Recent rains over the last few days should now provide a welcome jump start and packs of new fish should be pushing through soon.

Springers are now adding to the mix of wonderful wild Steelhead on the North Umpqua

RFGS guide John Gross admires his guest Al's first steelhead just prior to release

We have entered the final stretch for winter steelhead fishing on most of our coastal streams. A few select rivers offer prolonged opportunity for some continued steelhead fishing beyond the general March 31st cutoff. Numerous rivers and sections of some rivers remain open to steelhead fishing year-round. The Rogue, the Umpqua, and the Siletz fall into this category. The Whitaker Run on the Siuslaw remains open through April 15, while the South Fork of the Coquille stays open through April 30. Winter steelhead fishing on the Siuslaw however, has slowed considerably.

Good Runs of Winter Steelhead often foreshadow Good Summer Runs

Mike Miller enjoys a sunny spring day on the N. Umpqua

The Umpqua has been a consistent producer of quality steelhead through this Winter Steelhead Season. We hope this foreshadows a strong run of summer fish to follow.

Late Winter Steelhead Fishing & Preparing for Spring Chinook

In addition to a bang-up run of Spring Chinook for the McKenzie & Willamette Rivers, fish managers are also forecasting a strong showing of summer steelhead for 2010 to arrive in the coming months.

Winter Chrome on the Umpqua

After a long holiday away and many moons of silence I am happy to report that the Main Stem and both Forks of the Umpqua are all kicking out some awesome fish.