Umpqua River Fishing Report – Chinook and Smallmouth

Umpqua River Smallmouth BassDue to high flows, we can report that our Spring Chinook season keeps on going strong (most days) as you can see in this week’s pictures. The higher than average river level is hampering the Shad season for us here on the Umpqua River Loop. Once the river drops we should have a better report on the Shad. The smallmouth bass fishing has been good, but not red hot yet. Last week we were averaging around 30 bass per angler with some good sized fish and a few smaller bass now in the mix.

Hope you enjoy this week’s photos.


Umpqua River Fishing Report – May 5 – 12

Umpqua River Smallmouth BassThe Smallmouth are finally spawning this week. It was an awesome pre spawn bass season! We caught hundreds of Smallies in the 3 lb. to 6.2 lb. range. We are now fishing the spawn and catching is little slower away from the beds temporarily. And slower is a relative term on the Umpqua River.

The Spring Chinook keep on coming through the Loop and it has been kind of like the weather; Some days good, others not so good, however the beauty and seclusion you’ll experience on this section of the river is priceless!

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Late Steelhead, Springers, and Prespawn Smallies

Big K Outfitters has finished it’s Sportsman show season and is now back on the water! The fish are cooperating well but conditions on the Umpqua have not been as kind. However, when we have been able to fish it has been good.  Spring Chinook are in and Rudy Hedberg from Eugene has the biggest so far at 30 lbs. We are still catching some late season Steelhead and we have also been enjoying some of the best Pre-Spawn Smallmouth bass fishing on the planet!

Hope you enjoy the photos.