Winchester Bay Hot for Chinooks

Over the last several days, the Umpqua River has been very productive for chinook salmon weighing more than 25 pounds. Boat anglers have caught jumbo chinooks from around Reedsport down to the Umpqua River Bar and out into the ocean. Bank anglers casting spinners from such spots as Half Moon Bay, Osprey Point and by casting metal jigs from the South Jetty. The area in the East Boat Basin just below Winchester Creek and the area between the Gardiner Boat Ramp and the old paper mill have not yet started to produce – but should soon.

Reedsport lure make Steve Perry landed this nice 28# chinook while casting one of his spinners from the bank at Half Moon Bay in WInchester Bay.

John DeBate of Reedsport landed this fesity chinook near the Umpqua River Bar while fishing with Steve Martin of Hauser. John said the fish, which just missed the 30# mark put up an incredible fight

bank at Half Moon Bay.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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