If you want to fish the Umpqua
river then fish with the Umpqua river fishing guide.
The Umpqua River Guide specializes in fishing the
Winter Steelhead: December through April we chase chrome
bright hard fighting winter Steelhead on the Umpqua River
system, Coquille River system, and a few other smaller
coastal streams. The Umpqua River is famous for its huge
native winter Steelhead, and lots of them. Steelhead
weighing over 20 pounds are not uncommon, with proper water
conditions the Umpqua River is truly world class Steelhead
fishing, it doesn’t get any better, anywhere. The Umpqua
River also boasts a large hatchery run of winter Steelhead,
along with the Coquille River. We target these fish with
light spinning tackle and use hands on techniques which
makes for some high energy fishing that is very addicting.
Spring Chinook: April through June we target spring Chinook
on the Umpqua River, Columbia River, and Willamette River.
Spring Chinook are a special fish, they are arguably the
best tasting Salmon that swims, are hard fighters, and are a
true prize to catch. On the Umpqua River we anchor or back
troll bait or plugs, on the Columbia River and Willamette
River we troll herring.
Fall Kings: June through December we target
fall Kings “Hawgs.” Fishing usually kicks off in the Ocean
and the mouth of the Umpqua River at Winchester Bay. We are
targeting migratory “Feeder Kings” fishing is usually fast
and furious for these chrome gems, limits are common, we add
bay crabbing to these Winchester Bay Salmon trips at no
extra charge. Early August Fall Kings start to enter the
Umpqua River and Rogue River estuaries to begin their
upriver journey to spawn, followed by the Coos River, and
Coquille River estuaries in September through mid November.
These southern Oregon rivers are famous for their large fall
Salmon, kings weighing over 40 pounds are not uncommon, and
fish weighing over 50 pounds are not unheard of. We troll
cut plug herring and anchovies for these Hawgs. November
through December we target Kings on the Elk and Sixes
Rivers. Having multiple river options available, and being
mobile allows us to stay on the “hot” bite through the
Coho “silver” Salmon
enter the river estuaries in September through November and
are an absolute blast to catch on lighter tackle casting or
trolling plugs and spinners.
Sturgeon: January through July we target white Sturgeon on
the Umpqua, Willamette, and Columbia Rivers. We target
“keeper” size Sturgeon around the Portland area on both the
Willamette and Columbia. Fishing for these prehistoric fish
is mostly a catch and release fishery. We target these fish
using light Salmon gear and are an absolute blast to catch.
Landing 20 to 40 Sturgeon in a day is the norm, once we find
the fish it’s action all day, sometimes it’s hard to keep
track of how many fish you’ve caught. This is a “must do”
fishery and is one of our favorite trips. We also target
“Oversize Sturgeon” on the Columbia, Willamette, and Lower
Umpqua, these fish can grow in excess of 12 feet long, white
Sturgeon are true river monsters.