The lower Umpqua River from near Roseburg downstream is one of finest smallmouth streams in the West. This pristine part of the river also hosts a strong run of American shad and is a thoroughfare for steelhead and salmon in season. The best stretch of river to fish is that portion that runs through The Big K Guest Ranch near Elkton. A catch-and-release policy is observed on Ranch waters for smallmouth and this is the reason why more large fish are found in this section of the river than any other.
Smallmouth measuring twenty inches in length and weighing four pounds inhabit these waters, but most are ten to thirteen inches. Several years ago, a smallmouth twenty-three inches long weighing more than seven pounds was caught and released. Since the river running through the ranch is too much to drift in a day, only those staying at The Big K Guest Ranch can enjoy this fine fishing. "The Inside Angler" has made two reports on the fishing on the lower Umpqua River with the latest appearing in Volume IX, Number 2, March 2000.
|For more information and reservations:
Big K Guest Ranch
20020 Highway 138 West
Elkton, OR 97436
web site: www.big-k.com
Many subscribers to "The Inside Angler" have reported excellent stays at The Big K Guest Ranch.
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