Cohos Helping To Improve Salmon Fishing At Winchester Bay

Salmon fishing is showing a major improvement on the lower Umpqua River as coho salmon combine with Chinook salmon and slightly lower water temperatures. The best fishing has been between the Umpqua River Bar and Reedsport. Only finclipped coho are currently legal in the river along with the Chinooks. In the ocean, only barbless hooks may be used and only Chinook salmon at least 24-inches in length may be kept. Fishing success for anglers casting spinners from the bank at Winchester Bay has also improved greatly.

A nice catch of Umpqua River coho and Chinook salmon taken just upstream from Winchester Bay. Photo courtesy of Bryan Gill - "The Umpqua Angler".

A nice catch of Umpqua River coho and Chinook salmon taken just upstream from Winchester Bay. Photo courtesy of Bryan Gill – “The Umpqua Angler”.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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