North Umpqua Steelhead
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The North Umpqua River
(North Fork) Oregon
The North Umpqua River Oregon has thirty miles of fly
fishing only water. The river provides one of the most
scenic areas in the Northwest. Summer run steelhead
arrive in from late June and are in the river until the end
of October. These are wild and hatchery fish. The month
of September can be too warm for good fishing but it
picks back up in October.

Winter run steelhead are in the river in late Winter and
early Spring.  They come into the North Fork of the
Umpqua River in January. The fishing peaks in February
and goes through the first part of March.

Spring Chinook salmon are present from April through
October. They can be fished for from the mouth of the
river to the fly fishing boundary from January through
July. The fishing is best during May through July. The fly
fishing only section is closed to Chinook salmon fishing.
There is also a good Fall Chinook salmon run.

There's some very good trout fishing in the upper North
Fork of the Umpqua River. You will find the best trout
fishing above the Soda Springs Reservoir. Rainbow,
brook and brown trout are present. Below Soda Springs,
trout fishing in the main part of the North Umpqua is
catch-and-release only to protect sea-run cutthroat.

This river has gone through some huge changes. It was
once filled with runoff sediment. Its headwaters have been
damed but today, it flows cold and clear. The North Fork
of the Umpqua starts high in the Cascade Mountains at
Maidu Lake. Its water comes from the outflow of Diamond
Lake as well as melting snow. It makes a one-hundred
mile long trip through beautiful canyons. Finally, it flows
together with the South Umpqua and forms the main
Umpqua River.

The North Fork of the Umpqua River is restricted to fly
fishing only for thirty-one miles from the boundary
markers above Rock Creek to the Soda Springs Dam.

The river is accessible from roads that closely follow the
river all the way from the forks to Lemolo Lake. You can
access the North Umpqua to its headwaters at Maidu from
the Kelsay Valley Trailhead. Forest roads follow the North
Umpqua inlet of Lemolo Lake. The section of water
between Crystal Springs and Lemolo has some good
brook trout and brown trout fishing. A forest road
accesses this area.

The lowest part of the North Umpqua River is bordered by
private land. It is usually fished by boat only. The most
popular area on the lower section is from Amacher Park
to below the Wincheser Dam. Salmon and steelhead can
be caught in this area. There's about a mile of fishing
access in the Whistler's Bend County Park. Bank fishing
is available for about two miles along the Old Glide Road
off of highway #138.

From above Rock Creek to the Soda Springs Power
House it is fly fishing only. Steamboat Creek is closed to
steelhead fishing because it's a prime spawning area.
The bend of the Umpqua River, including the Steamboat
intersection, is a very popular area. It's a few hundred
yard stretch called Camp Walter. It's heavily fished by
anglers that stay at the famous Steamboat Inn.

Seasons:
The season is open year-round but it's species dependent
Spring:
Spring Chinook arrive in April but check the regulations.
Spring is a great time for trout in the headwaters.
Summer:
Summer run steelhead fishing is great and so is the trout
fishing in the headwaters. Chinook fishing where the
season is open.
Fall:
There is a Fall run of Chinook, but check the regulations.
Good trout fishing in the headwaters.
Winter:
The winter-run steelhead fishing is great. It peaks in late
February, early March..
Type of Stream
Tailwater

Species
Steelhead
Brown Trout
Brook Trout
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon (Few)

Size
Large about 100 miles long

Location
Northern Oregon

Nearest Towns
Bend

Season
Year - round but species dependent

Access:
Good

Non-Resident License
State of Oregon

Weather
National Weather Service Link

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Headlines:
The season is over for Summer
steelhead
. Winter steelhead will
begin to migrate into the river
early this month. Remember, the
fly zone area require barbless
hooks. You can mash the barbs
down on flies.
Fishing Report Headlines Archive:
Current North Umpqua River Fishing Report
10/24/15 The fall run of summer steelhead is still producing some good catches for anglers.
The smallmouth bass fishing has been superb. Good stream levels exist at this time. There
is a chance of rain from now through Monday, then clearing. That should help in more ways
than one. Headwater trout fishing is also very good.

10/31/15 The steelhead fishing continues to be very good. Anglers are catching a good
many fish. Smallmouth bass is always excellent this month in the lower part of the river. Trout
fishing has picked up with cooler weather and the October Caddis hatch underway. Egg
laying females are bringing the trout to the surface to feed.

11/07/15 Summer Steehead are still being caught along with smallmouth bass and some
trout. It depends on exactly where you are fishing and how you are fishing. Blue-winged
olives are hatching good right now and should really be good this coming week with cloud
cover. Summer runs are taking nymphs and swung flies and should only get better with the
coming rain.

11/28/15 Same story second verse. There have been a few summer fish caught near Rock
Creek but it is very slow. For all practical purposes, it is over. The rains have started and
most of the summer-run fish are in the spawning tributaries and are not be available to
anglers. The winter run will be starting late January, better in February and March.

12/05/15 As mentioned last week the summer run is about over with most all the fish in the
spawning tributaries. The winter fish will be coming into the lower river this month and from
the looks of the weather forecast for the next week, the conditions for that happening look
very good. There is rain forecast every day.

12/12/15 As you probably alread know, the North Umpqua River is already very high and
headed up even more. It is going to take a few day for it to return to normal levels. There is
more rain in the forecast. T Keep track of the latest by clicking the above link to our fishing
report.

12/26/15 There are reports of some winter steelhead being caught around the Rock Creek
area but it is slow, to say the least. Conditions should improve with less rain and cooler
weather in the forecast. Normally, it is the second week of January before it begins to pick up.

01/09/16 Almost like clockwork, the winter steelhead fishing is getting started. It will only get
better during the next few weeks.Two good reports from customers came in. They were
swinging in the Rock Creek area. The Johney Cash Spey and Red Roster Spey were the
lucky flies..

01/17/16 More winter steelhead have been caught and released in the Rock Creek area.
Stream conditions are good but there is a lot of rain or rain/snow in the forecast, so watch
the levels.

01/23/16 Very good fishing has been taking place in the Rock Creek area. Lots of steelhead
caught and released swinging and nymphing. Watch the stream levels, there is more rain in
the forecast.

01/30/16 Anglers are still catching plenty of winter steelhead in the Rock Creek area. Our
Steelehead Spey flies have been working well according to one customer. He has been
doing great swinging.

02/06/16 Stream levels have been high but back in good shape. Winter steelhead fishing
has still be good, even on high stream levels. Anglers are swinging flies and scoring well.
Both Spey guys and single handed guys are catching some.

02/13/16 The action is continuing around the Rock Creek area. There are plenty of
steelhead in the river and being caught. Swinging and nymphing are both producing well.

02/20/16 High water has been a problem lately and there is a chance of rain tomorrow, and
that is it for this coming week. Stream levels should be fine. Let us hear from you.

02/27/16 Notice we added a link to the USGS station at Winchester. The stream is down to
its normal level for this time of the year and Winter steelhead  fishing is picking up.

03/27/16 The winter steelhead fishing is continuing to be good. High water has been a
problem but fish are still being caught.

04/16/16 The winter steelhead fishing is still good with fish being caught mostly in the Rock
Creek area. Stream levels are in good shape at this time.

04/23/16 The steelhead are mostly finished spawning and headed back to sea. The
"catching" is winding down fast. There will be a lag until the summer fish return.

05/21/15 No reports of any summer runs caught yet, but they should start moving into the
river.

05/28/16 Still no reports of the summer run fish being caught but they should be moving into
the river

06/25/16 We are yet to hear that summer run fish are being caught. Still no reports have
come in. The stream is in good shape and it shouldn't be long.

07/02/16 Stil not reports of summer runs being caught. It should be any day now. Keep
checking back with us.

07/09/16 The summer steelhead are in and being caught in good numbers. This is both
hatchery and wild. Remember, all wild fish must be released. The Swiftwater area is where
most of the action is.

07/16/16 There is little change in anything from the past week. Stream levels and weather is
the same. The summers are still being caught, both wild and hatchery. .

07/30/16 Good reports continue to come in with both wild and hatchery steelhead being
caught in good numbers. Fish the Swiftwater area.

09/23/16 Trout are still being caught with the cooler weather helping. Steelhead fishing is
done for the time being.

10/15/16 The river is fishing fine as long as your after resident trout. Few anglers are but it
is good at this time. The steelhead are in between seasons.

10/30/16 There are still a few summer steelhead being caught. There are also plenty of trout
in  the upper sections few fish for.  Now is the time to plan that next trip. Send us an email.
USGS Real-time Stream Data:
North Umpqua at Winchester
Oregon.