Over the last several weeks, fishing has been very, very good off Winchester Bay’s South Jetty for striped surfperch.
While several hundred anglers will fish the Umpqua River’s famed “pinkfin” run, a run comprised of nearly one hundred percent female redtailed surfperch that spawn in the first three miles of river above Winchester Bay from early May through early August – a fishery that is so popular that the male redtailed surfperch that remain in the ocean near sandy beaches. are very much overlooked.
Even more overlooked is the striped surfperch fishery along the South Jetty during the three months preceding the Umpqua’s pinkfin run. When fishing conditions are calm enough to fish, surfperch catches off the jetty rival those made by boat anglers at the peak of the pinkfin run.
The average strped surfperch will weigh between one half and two pounds.