(Photo by Richard Oba)
Nice Catch from Pacific
Bass - Large
Mouth: Bass are good fighters and
test the angler's skill, which helps to make them the most sought after
game fish in the United States. Douglas County has many lowland lakes and
ponds, both public and private, that are inhabited by the largemouth. They
are also great to eat!
Bass - Small Mouth: This fish is willing to bite most anything
from worms to flies and are available during the warmer months when other
fish won't bite. This plus its great taste has made it an incredibly
popular fish in our area. The small mouth bass is a welcome newcomer to
the Umpqua basin and is sought by casual and serious
Bass - Striped: This fish is second only to halibut for taste
and texture and are an exciting fish to catch because they put up a
terrific fight. The upper Umpqua is marginal for catching this fish.
However the lower Umpqua River below Scottsburg and the Smith River have
striped bass up to 40 pounds. All in all it's worth making an extra effort
to catch these delicious fish.
Chinook/King: The largest of the
salmon family, "King Salmon," are regularly found in the ocean, off the
mouth of the Umpqua River at Winchester Bay and in the Umpqua River and
its streams. The spring runs begin in February or March and extend into
June. Spawning occurs in September and October. The fall run chinook start
into the rivers early in September and spawn almost immediately upon
reaching their termination points.
Silver/Coho: Smaller and more
abundant than chinook salmon, "Coho" are available throughout most of the
summer off the mouth of the Umpqua River at Winchester Bay. A favorite
among sportsmen, cohos enter the streams with the fall chinook and are
most common in the mainstream of the Umpqua River, the South Umpqua, the
ocean and Siltcoos and Tahkenitch Lakes.
Salmon - Kokanee: Know to many as the "Land Locked Sockeye
Salmon", kokanee may be found in Douglas County in Hemlock and Eel Lakes.
Kokanee grow to a length of 16" and turn a brilliant red when maturing.
This fish is growing in popularity with fishermen every
If you're looking for a fight, the shad will accommodate you with its
fighting spirit. Shad enter the rivers to spawn in May and June and are
found in the mainstream and lower reaches of the South Umpqua. A member of
the herring family, when smoked and canned, the flesh is superb, and the
roe is considered a delicacy throughout the
Steelhead: Sea-going rainbow trout are referred to as Steelhead. These fish
migrate to the ocean in their early life and return to their native
streams to spawn. They follow a four-year life pattern common to the
salmon family. Summer Steelhead enter the river in May as water
temperatures rise. These fish hold over the summer to spawn in March of
the next year. Winter Steelhead, the more numerous of the two runs, start
into the river as heavy rains cause it to rise, which usually occurs in
November. They average seven pounds with a few up to 25
Sturgeon: Green and white sturgeon are found in the mainstream of the Umpqua
River, especially in the Gardener area. The fishery for these species is
rather small but there are times when angler success is really
Trout - Brown: The brown
trout is a native of Europe recognized by its general golden brownish
color with dark brown or black spots on the dorsal and adipose fins. Body
spots, especially below the lateral fins, are edged with red and orange.
To the angler, he is known as the wariest of trout. The fish is found wild
in the upper North Umpqua River, Soda Springs, Toketee and Lemolo
Trout - Cutthroat (Resident): A native of the Pacific Coast, cutthroat
trout are predominately found in tributary headwaters and in Siltcoos,
Tahkenitch, Eel and Ten Mile Lakes. Easily recognized by two red slash
marks on the underside of the jaw. They do not grow to a large size,
tending as they do toward smaller streams. Except for the early spring and
again during the fall salmon spawning season, they hide themselves in deep
eddies and along undercut banks.
Trout - Cutthroat (Sea
Run): Another popular game fish,
the sea-run cutthroat enter the Umpqua River and other coastal streams in
the late summer and fall months. The average length is 12-14 inches long
and occasionally reaching up to 20 inches. The sea-run cutthroat is also
know as salmon trout, blueback, harvest trout,
Trout - Eastern Brook:
Most of the "backpack" lakes are stocked with eastern brook trout by
helicopter by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The cold water at
these lakes provides ideal habitat for the fish and they have done well.
Early spring and lake fall provide the best
Trout - Rainbow: Rainbow trout are native to the Pacific
Coast. They are the most abundant. The Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife annually stocks the headwaters of the major drainages with
catchable sized rainbows and fingerlings in the lakes. A rainbows' ability
to exist in warm water temperatures is fairly high among trout species but
they cannot survive long in water about 80
Warm Water Game Fish: This category includes crappie, bluegill,
perch, catfish, as well as both bass species. As there is special interest
in the large mouth and small mouth bass, they have been broken out of this
larger group. The remaining fish provide thousands of recreational hours
and are abundant in the lowland ponds and mainstream Umpqua.
Sea Lions on Whistle Buoy off the mouth of the Umpqua
River: Mother's day, 2005.
(Photo courtesy of
River's End Guide Service)
Photos of Fishing 2003