Feb 18 2022
|UMPQUA RIVER |
We are still at the beginning of the steelhead season as reports are indicating that. Big K Loop drift has been producing the largest numbers of fish at 3-6 Steelhead per boat. From Umpqua Landing down to Yellow Creek boat ramp, chrome Steelhead are being caught. However, anglers are at times having to wait up to 20 minutes for their turn to launch a boat. Lots of boat pressure will show in the numbers of fish being caught.
UMPQUA RIVER; NORTH FORK
Fishing pressure is low. Water is extremely clear and shallow. I have been seeing a bunch of fly rods in the few drift boats on the water. Fish are scattered and it seems there are not many steelhead in the north fork as I am used to seeing during this time of year. Water conditions are most likely the cause for slow travelling schools. Boats are catching 1-3 fish on many days. Many days there are only memories of a quiet and enjoyable day on the water. With no stories of the catch of the day.
Pink Fin Perch are now being caught north of Coos Bay. The well known BoxCar Recreation Area had a couple veterans catching these fantastic eating fish on a fly.
- Always let someone know the area(s) your going
- Fish with a buddy
- Wear you Personal Flotation Device (PFD) when boating or wading
- Have extra clothing with you for those unexpected dips in the water
- Dress in layers (cotton drowns)
- Keep a flashlight & whistle with you
- Always use a wading belt with waders and have a wading staff
- Have extra water and high energy foods with you and in your vehicle
- Hide an extra vehicle key you can access
- Road flares make good fire starters
- Don’t Forget Your Fishing License