Monthly Archives: June 2013

First 50+ Pinkfin Catch Reported on Saturday 6/01/2013

While still wildly erratic, the Umpqua River pinkfin run is rapidly becoming more productive. On Satuday, while many boats enjoyed minimal success, a number of other boats reported catches of 30 or more perch.

The top catch was reported by one boat with five anglers aboard that caught 65 of the redtailed surfperch commonly called pinkfins.

While it appears that the run is rapidly approaching peak productivity, the run has relegated many other local fisheries to incidental status.

Anglers fishing the area’s beaches for the pinkfins are still doing very, very well – and there are still plenty of striped surfperch being caught off the Triangle/South Jetty and even inside the Triangle.

Bottomfish anglers have recently caught some very nice-sized greenling. Curt Burdett, of Creswell, caught five greenling measuring at least 16-inches off the ocean side of the south side of the Triangle Saturday. He was using sand shrimp poked into some of the holes in the jetty rockĀ  and he got very, very wet.

Salmon anglers caught lots of salmon while fishing near the commercial anglers fishing in less than 300 foot of water out of Winchester Bay. Some of the commerial anglers scored very good catches, but most of the sport anglers did also on chinook salmon averaging slightly over ten pounds. Some of the sport anglers even caught some salmon in water less than 120 feet deep. Almost all of the sport anglers were fishing between 50 and 60 feet beneath the surface with herring for bait.

Tony Garber runs to the water's edge and casts his fly alongside the jetty rocks, retrieves fast and then tries to climb the rocks before the next swell gets him. He does well on the perch, but is usually quite wet.

Tony Garber runs to the water’s edge and casts his fly alongside the jetty rocks, retrieves fast and then tries to climb the rocks before the next swell gets him. He does well on the perch, but is usually quite wet.

 

 

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Smallmouth Bite Improving on the Umpqua and South Umpqua Rivers

The fishing is steadily improving for smallmouth bass on the Umpqua River system. Most of the recent catches have involved crankbaits or nightcrawlers, but as the water continues to drop and clear, plastic worms and jigs (gitzits) will become even more effective.

Smallmouths are biting from as far upstream as above Canyonville on the South Umpqua down to the vicinity of Brandy Bar on the mainstem Umpqua (8 miles east of Reedsport).

Randy Ellington shows off a nice smallmouth that fell for a nightcrawler near his newly purchased home approximately six miles east of Elkton. (photo courtesty of Liz Adamo and the Stockade Market in Winchester Bay).

Randy Ellington shows off a nice smallmouth that fell for a nightcrawler near his newly purchased home approximately six miles east of Elkton. (photo courtesty of Liz Adamo and the Stockade Market in Winchester Bay).

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