Winter Steelhead Fishing S. Oregon
The rivers are high but green and fishable in Southern Oregon as of March 23rd, 2017. The Umpqua River has produced some beautiful steelhead this month. I have been spending most of my time on the Umpqua as usual for this time of year. There have been a few fish over 20 pounds caught in the past week, but they’re averaging 10 pounds. A 10 pounder is a nice size steelhead no matter where you’re from. They pull a lot of drag and are known for going airborne during battle.
I’m running 9 foot, 6 to 12 pound E6X rods by G-loomis paired with Penn Fierce Reels. Side-drifting roe (salmon eggs) is the ticket for these critters. The fishing should get better as the as the sun begins to shine more and the rivers drop into shape in late March and April.
The very first Spring Chinook (King) Salmon will begin to show up on the Umpqua and Rogue Rivers during the next month or so. The first ones of the year are typically caught by anglers targeting steelhead. It’s a pleasant surprise for those anglers who are lucky enough to get a King while steelhead fishing.
* We’re also now booking Spring Chinook (King) Salmon trips from late April to July. These fish average 20 pounds.
* My apologies for the photo quality. I haven’t been taking pictures of most of the steelhead my customers have landed because of my camera lens. You can still get an idea of what we’re catching.
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