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     Fishing The Umpqua River

The Umpqua river begins at River Forks Park near Roseburg and is formed by the North Umpqua and South Umpqua merging together. From the park the river travels over 110 miles through Douglas county and drains into the ocean at Winchester Bay, near Reedsport. The North Umpqua, known for its crystal-clear waters and wild steelhead population, starts at Maidu Lake high in the cascade mountain range and flows over 100 miles to form the main stem of the Umpqua A portion of the North Umpqua River has been designated as a “Wild and Scenic River” by congress in 1988. The South Umpqua starts near the Rogue-Umpqua divide and also flows over 100 miles until forming the main stem. With over 300 miles of water to choose from, there is almost always a float with productive fishing.

     Species of Fish You Can Expect To Catch During Umpqua River Fishing Adventures

Steelhead, King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Bass, and Shad are some of the main species found on the Umpqua river.


Also called the ultimate game fish, steelhead are an elusive and challenging fish that can test the patience of some of the most experienced anglers. Umpqua river in Oregon boasts steelhead much of the year and the best times to find these acrobatic fish are from mid January well into April. Steelhead are generally more slender and streamlined than salmon. They come in from the ocean chrome and develop a green upper half with spots for camouflage. Unlike salmon, they are capable of surviving after spawning and will spawn more than once. As Steelhead get closer to spawning they develop a stripe on their sides that has a pinkish-red, blush color. Steelhead hatch in gravel bottomed, fast flowing rivers similar to the Umpqua river. Steelhead may migrate to oceans grow and then back to freshwater rivers to spawn.

     King & Coho Salmon

The Umpqua River boasts two main types of Salmon: King Salmon and Coho Salmon.


King Salmon, also known as Chinook Salmon are the largest species of pacific salmon. Many anglers seek Chinook as a prize fish. Chinook have black mouths and unique spots on the back and will vary in color from chrome with a purplish sheen on the upper half to darker bronze depending on how long they have been in the river system. They We most commonly see fish in 10-20 lb class range with fish near 40lbs being caught every year.


Coho Salmon, also known as silvers are an aggressive fish that become extremely acrobatic once hooked. They have a distinct white gum line and also vary in color from chrome to reddish depending on how long they have been in the river system. They average 7-10lbs with a larger ones coming close to 15lbs.

       Shad Fishing

The American Shad range from 2-5 pounds and put up a great fight on light tackle. They enter the river system in large schools and provide for non stop action when they pass by. A relative of herring, these fish are eager to grab lure and fight hard once on your line. They strike aggressively to many different types of small lures. Some anglers enjoy catching and releasing these fish while others think they are great in the smoker. They are also often known as the best crab bait.

     Best Time of Year To Plan Your Umpqua River Fishing Trip

Fishing in Oregon is exceptional year round. Steelhead are prevalent throughout the year. However, the best seasons for steelhead are the colder winder months. Fall salmon can be found from late August all the way through December. Spring chinook fishing is best around the month of May. Bass fishing is best from July - September. Shad fishing is from mid-May until mid-June.

     Why Use Our Oregon Fishing Guides?

Oregon fishing guides know some of the best areas of the Umpqua river to explore and land the perfect catch. We work hard to stay up with the latest news from fishing reports and will ensure you have an amazing time fishing the Umpqua river. Our guides are knowledgeable about wildlife surrounding this magnificent national preserve.

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