Regional Reports-West

Umpqua River

Few fish fight as hard for their size as shad and smallmouths. The last two weeks of June can provide some major battles on the Umpqua River. The shad range from two to four pounds and can reach six pounds. Target the bigger holes below where shelf rock crosses the river. Anchor boats in pools and fish downstream in front of the boat. For great action, try ultralight rods with 6-pound-test using curly-tail jigs on eighth-ounce jigheads in pink and chartreuse. Place split shots 18 inches above the jigheads. Fly-rodders use three- or four-weight sinking-head line. Smallmouth bass are found throughout the entire stretch of river. Bounce purple plastic worms off the bottom or cast Rapalas at the drop-offs near shore. Fish over five pounds are not uncommon. The bass get active when water temperatures reach 50 to 55 degrees. Contact: Gary's Guide Service (877-672-2460).