Umpqua River Spring Chinook Fishing Improving When River Flows Permit

Despite the fact that no spring Chinook salmon have yet been entered in the Wells Creek Inn’s Spring Chinook Contest, the springer fishing on the Umpqua River is starting to show definite signs of improvement. Most of the reported catches have occurred between Scottsburg and Elkton. There was quite a bit of fishing pressure just prior to the high muddy water and hopefully the river will drop and clear before too many springers move through.

Dan Houts of Cottage Grove caught this 18 pound springer while fishing with Bryan Gill of the Umpqua Angler.

Dan Houts of Cottage Grove caught this 18 pound springer while fishing with Bryan Gill of the Umpqua Angler.

Joe Fowler of Grants Pass holds up a 24 pound springer, which is the heaviest fish he has ever caught. He was fishing near Elkton with Bryan Gill of the Umpqua Angler using a spinner rig made by Bryan Gill.

Joe Fowler of Grants Pass holds up a 24 pound springer, which is the heaviest fish he has ever caught. He was fishing near Elkton with Bryan Gill of the Umpqua Angler using a spinner rig made by Bryan Gill.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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