The season started out with unprecedented low water conditions. Recent rains have spread them out and it has been very good. We are also seeing a higher than average run of hatchery fish which is very nice for those who want to take one home to eat. We will have another month and a half of Steelhead fishing in seclusion and solitude here on the ranch. Just fished a couple of customers from Utah for 4 days; they landed 41 Steelhead and we saw 1 boat in those 4 days!
Sorry for such a long gap in reports we have been a tad busy.
The Summer Bass fishery was as great as advertised with the best average sized Smallies I’ve seen in years so I’m really looking forward to next season already. We are still running Bass trips as well as combo Salmon & Bass on the Umpqua Loop surrounding the Lodge.
Trolling for Fall Chinook in the Lower river has been very good most days with plenty of limits. We started our Casting trips for Coho this week and they arrived right on schedule and for those experienced fishermen it has been a blast. We have been catching a few Chinook casting for Coho as well which is always a nice surprise…hooking Chinook in 4′ of water on light tackle….hold on!
Needless to say the Smallmouth fishing is hot! Fish are in summer pattern which means the bite is fast and furious. Just about any technique will work. Some are best for bigger fish while others will ensure 100 + fish days.
The river is warm so we have been spending a little time swimming as well and it is so refreshing with the warm weather upon us.
Our Shad run was good this year. It began and ended right on schedule: Mothers Day to Fathers Day. Everyone had a blast catching them as usual. We even caught a couple Summer Steelhead in June while Bass fishing; one on a Fly Rod! Lot’s of fun right now.
It will be all Bass until Aug. 13 when we run our first Fall Chinook trip in the lower river.
The New Pavati arrived a couple weeks ago and it is truly the sweetest Driftboat I’ve ever been in!
Hope you enjoy some recent photos of our customer at the K.
Sad to Report that the river moss is still choking out the Spring Salmon fishing on the Ranch, however the Shad and Bass fishing has been stellar!
I had the pleasure of fishing and sharing this incredible part of the country for the first time with some family members from California this week: Uncle Roger, Cousin Mike Benemilis and Z -man Mike, needless to say the Umpqua did me proud! Thanks Guys!
The Bass spawned a month early so we are in post spawn now and the top water bite is at its best and should be for another couple weeks.
Shad fishing has been great as well. After a few high water seasons we are back to normal, catching Shad until your arms get tired!
Hope you enjoy the photos!
Spring Chinook & Pre-Spawn Bass season started off in normal fashion, then the weather threw us a curve ball with summer like conditions.
Great for the fisherman but not so much for the catching. The water temps reached 65 in April!
Smallmouth spawned on the full moon in April instead of May, the river level dropped to the lowest levels I’ve ever seen for Spring and the river moss has choked out the Salmon fishing. We finally threw in the towel on May 1.
Good news is the bass fishing has been good for numbers and size plus the Shad are filling the river.
I want to thank everyone who had their Salmon trip cancelled or rescheduled to the Fall for your understanding. Here are some Salmon photos before the moss took over.
Every year in March we get Striper, Springer and Smallie Fever around here and it is always the same: just enough bites to keep you coming back.
However, as always it truly won’t bust open until April and May. I thought it might be different this year with much warmer and drier conditions
than normal… apparently the fish did not.
We did have some good time Smallmouth fishing in wonderful weather…. no Stripers or Springers…YET
Any day now that will change.
Sad to report it looks like our Steelhead season here at the Big K has reached its end. Here are some photos of our last weeks action.
Happy to report it won’t be long before I’m sharing reports of a river full of Springers ( please Lord let it be) and huge Pre-Spawn Smallmouth being caught on the Big K Loop!
We won’t start running trips for them until last week of March, through June.
Don’t forget we also are due for a great run of American Shad peaking Mother Day through Fathers Day!
Well, what once was a slow start has now turned into red hot Steelhead fishing on the Umpqua. This last week has been fantastic for plugging as well as sidedrifting. The Thompsons from Bend had the trip of a lifetime with 18 steelhead…we think…. you know it’s good when you lose count.
We had several youngsters catch their first Steelhead this week which is so cool (job security).
I’ll be at the Sacramento Sportsman Show next week in the Big K booth # 3129 while the rest of the guides will be here fishing Steelhead. I can be reached this week at 541-430-1736 or email@example.com
Our Steelhead season is off to a very slow start due to a very wet Fall, the wettest I can remember. The river barley dropped enough for us to get a couple trips in before Christmas and the river was full of Steelhead hooking 18 in 2 days until the rain and snow set in. Looks like a nice dry spell is on the way and we will be in pursuit of hot Chromers like these in the photos below.
If you want to beat the crowds and fish in total seclusion at the Big K give us a call. 1-541-459-2276
We are having good success most days. We have been fishing Chinook Salmon in the Umpqua Bay and still waiting the big push of Silvers to arrive and make it even more action packed.
Bass fishing is very good around the Big K Loop. Topwater, blades, jerkbaits and a few salmon are hitting our bass lures as well!
Wish it could be Fall year round!