Idaho Fish Report
Summer steelhead fishing is slowing with warmer temperatures
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Amacher boat launch and parking lot are scheduled for improvements and will be inaccessible from Aug. 22 to Sept. 30 due to construction. Anglers looking to float this section of the North Umpqua should plan accordingly. Hestness boat launch may be the closest alternative available to the public.
Summer steelhead fishing is slowing with warmer temperatures, but fish continue to migrate into the North Umpqua. The number of wild summers is high enough ODFW predicts it will be enough to keep the river open for the time being. If the population is forecasted to be under 1,200 wild summer steelhead, ODFW may need to take management actions.
With the low population of summers, anglers are reminded to handle fish with extra care this year. Practicing good catch-and-release techniques will help ensure we have fish in the future.
Trout fishing is open year-round upstream of Slide Creek Dam and in tributaries in this section. Fishing above Slide Creek Dam can be a great idea as the flows lower. Note that as of July 1, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to the use of a single, barbless, unweighted, artificial fly.