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Umpqua River

The Umpqua River has two main tributaries, the North and South Fork, which meet near the town of Roseburg, Oregon. Each begin high in the Cascade Mountain range, the North from Maidu Lake in the Mount Thielsen Wilderness and the South from two small forks 20 miles northwest of Crater Lake. Both flow approximatley 100 miles before their confluence northeast of Roseburg. From there the Umpqua flows another 111 miles to its terminus into the Pacific Ocean at Winchester Bay.

Winter Steelhead
December 1st - April 30th

The Winter Steelhead fishery on the mainstem Umpqua is one of the focal points for Greg Hedrick's Guide Service during the winter months, especially during periods of low winter precipitation. When river flows are up, the steelhead fishery will switch to the North and South Fork or other coastal rivers in Central Oregon.

The Umpqua winter steelhead fishery is one of the few places in Oregon where that elusive 20+ pound steelhead can be caught, and are by anglers every year! The hatchery steelhead component of the Umpqua makes up only a small percentage of the total run, so finding them on the mainstem and north fork can be difficult. The South Fork Umpqua has a hatchery that releases winter steelhead smolts, so the primary focus for hatchery retention resides on the South Fork near Cow Creek. The winter steelhead run on the Umpqua begins as early as Thanksgiving and will run through the month of April higher in the system on the North and South Forks. 

Techniques Used:

  • Side Drifting
  • Bobber Dogging
  • Backtroll Plugs

Fall Chinook & Coho
August 1st - November 15th

The fall salmon fishery on the Umpqua begins early compared to most other Oregon coastal rivers, chinook will often enter the lower river in late July, long before the fall rains. Just like the Umpqua steelhead, the fall chinook on the Umpqua can run very large as well!

Techniques Used:
  • Float Fishing
  • Back Bouncing
  • Backtroll Plugs
  • ​Diver & Bait
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