When ocean conditions and the Umpqua River Bar cooperate, anglers fishing in the Winchester Bay Area have lots of options.
Chinook salmon have been providing fair to good fishing in the ocean a short distance out from the Umpqua River Bar. Actually, a few Chinooks have been caught in the lower Umpqua near the South Jetty. By the first week in July fall Chinook salmon will start ascending the Umpqua on their spawning run – and bank anglers casting spinners will have a chance to hook salmon from such spots as the South Jetty, Halfmoon Bay and Osprey Point.
Usually a little farther out, but often closer to the surface, are coho salmon and this early in the season, most of the cohos are finclipped keepable fish.
In the last week, the few who have tried crabbing in the ocean near the Umpqua River Bar have made good catches of dungeness crabs – although some of them have been soft.
If that isn’t enough to confuse outdoor recreationists as to what to do – the Umpqua’s popular run of redtailed surfperch is still going on. These feisty, very popular fish spawn in the two miles of river above the entrance to the East Boat Basin.