Idaho Fish Report

Umatilla River Report

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Due to very poor predicated returns, retention of steelhead on the Umatilla River between the Hwy 730 bridge and Three Mile Falls Dam will be closed Sept. 1 through April 30, 2022.

From Three Mile Falls Dam to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation boundary and from the upper border of the reservation boundary to the Umatilla headwaters, including all tributaries except for McKay Creek, is open for fishing and retention of steelhead.

Trout fishing on the Umatilla River remains open until Oct. 31, with bass and other warm water species all year.

The fall Chinook and coho fishery currently remains open through Nov. 30 if returns permit. The bag limit being 3 adults, in aggregate, and 5 jack salmon per day. A return run of 6381 (+/- 1,960) Coho is predicated to return to the Umatilla River. A total of 248 coho, with an average of 50 per day have been counted at Three Mile Falls Dam in the past week. A total of 34 Fall Chinook adults, with an average of 7 adults per day have been counted at Three Mile Falls Dam in the past week.

For the past five days, the average number of hours spent to harvest a fish has been 9.5 hours. Anglers have been having decent success near the mouth of the Umatilla on coho and Chinook, with most being fish caught in the early morning hours. Anglers have been using a variety of methods to catch coho, however an egg rig bounced off the bottom, and pink or purple spinners have been the best producers. As water temps start to cool and flows start to increase, the fishing should pick up on the lower Umatilla.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, October 6th
Upper Klamath Lake: Upper Klamath Lake Fishing Report
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Sun Creek: Fishing not recommended at this time. Flows are at 7 cfs
Williamson River: No treble hooks allowed!
Ben Irving Reservoir: Fishing should be good with cooler conditions
Chetco River: The estuary has been bustling with boat and bank anglers lately
Cooper Creek Reservoir: The reservoir may start to fill back up again, but it was still low at last check
Coquille River: Striped bass fishing has been good in the lower Coquille River
Diamond Lake: Recent reports indicate limits for lots of anglers and large fish
Eel Lake: Eel Lake Fishing Report
Eel River: Temporary rule changes for Chinook are now in place Aug. 1-Dec. 31
Garrison Lake: Best time to fish is early or late in the day
Rogue River- Lower: The Huntley Park seining season is coming to a close
Sixes River: Temporary low water fishing closure will start Oct. 1 in the lower river
Tenmile Lakes: Most largemouth bass are in deeper water along hard bottom points
Alsea River: 33lb. Native Chinook
Nehalem River: Chinook fishing on Nehalem Bay slowed a little this week but was still fair
Nestucca River: The Nestucca and Little Nestucca will have a limited wild coho fishery this year
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing has been fair on the Salmon River
Siletz River: ***Update*** The Siletz Basin will have a limited wild coho fishery this year
Siuslaw River: Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Siuslaw
Trask River: Chinook fishing remains best in the Trask tidewater
Wilson River: The majority of fall Chinook appear to still be in tidewater
Yaquina River: Fish are now spread throughout the estuary
Detroit Reservoir: Pretty much all techniques will catch fish
Foster Reservoir: Stocked for the last time last week
Santiam River ( North Fork) : River is currently running at 3,800 cfs at the gage in Mehama.
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: The river level has increased from recent rains
Willamette River: Coho salmon are currently pouring over Willamette Falls
Hosmer Lake: Anglers report good fishing
Metolius River: Anglers report good fishing
Odell Lake: Odell Lake Report
Wickiup Reservoir: Wickiup Reservoir Report
Grande Ronde River: Coho season opened on the Grande Ronde on October 1
Imnaha River: Steelhead season is opened on the Imnaha

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, September 30th
C2 Cattle Ranch late archery hunt drawing now open
Grande Ronde River: Grande Ronde River opens for coho salmon harvest Oct. 1