Umpqua River Fishing

The Umpqua river approximately 111 miles long rises in the high Cascade mountains and is formed by the confluence of the North Umpqua and the south Umpqua rivers to form the main Umpqua northwest of Roseburg Oregon. The combined river flows northwesterly through the Coast Range. The Umpqua is named for the ancestors of the Umpqua, Southern Molalla, Yoncalla and Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe Indians who lived here before Mt. Mazama erupted forming Crater Lake. The word Umpqua has a few translations, "thundering waters," "across the waters," and "satisfied" as in a full stomach which all seem quite appropriate. 

We fish, the south Umpqua near Canyonville, Oregon 25 miles south of Roseburg and about 40 miles north of Grants Pass. We focus on the south Umpqua due to its successful hatchery program and the greater possibility of catching and keeping steelhead. If you're looking to catch 20 pound steelhead and your limit of fish, the Umpqua is the river.  This is why we are willing to drive the extra distance to this excellent fishery, some of the best winter steelhead fishing in southern Oregon.

Peak Fishing Seasons
Umpqua river fishing peak seasons often translate to more steelhead caught, but also more anglers and boats on the river. After the peak times are still great times to catch fish, and also offer a quieter Umpqua river fishing experience. 

January & February,
Winter Steelhead
Winter weather, changing water conditions and river levels keeps us on our toes and on the move. If you're willing to be flexible (and a bit adventurous), the reward is large, fun to fight fish. Luckily we have several river systems to choose from. We fish the classic winter steelhead runs, on the south Umpqua and the upper and middle Rogue riverWe also enjoy fishing smaller and more remote rivers like the Applegate (a tributary of the Rogue), the upper sections of the Umpqua river, near Tiller Oregon and southern Oregon's coastal streams.