Our Winter Steelhead season here in Southern Oregon is one of our most respected and prized fisheries! We mainly concentrate on fishing the Umpqua and Coquille systems. If mother nature alters these river conditions, we have other options to go fish the Rogue, Elk, or Sixes rivers. Carson's Guide Service is dedicated to providing the best possible opportunity for you to catch Winter Steelhead without confusion. For instance, if you book a Steelhead trip and tell us that you would like to be able to harvest your catch we would concentrate on fishing the Coquille, Rogue, Elk or Sixes per conditions. If you tell us you just want to go catch fish than our options are wide open! I have 18 years of experience on all rivers listed. Carson's Guide Service bases our Steelhead season out of Roseburg, Oregon.
Rivers We Fish: Main Umpqua - Trophy steelhead fishery! When conditions allow us to be able to fish this river out of the drift boat, it can be an amazing fishing! The main Umpqua has lots of small tributaries that are not fishable so when conditions are right, Steelhead start to stack in the main system. You definitely have the opportunity to catch your trophy Winter Steelhead of a lifetime. The Umpqua system has one of Oregon's best wild Steelhead fisheries, however no wild fish can be retained. There is hatchery fish available and the limit is two per angler.
North Umpqua - The largest tributary of the Umpqua system. Mainly a wild Steelhead fishery, but we do catch a few hatchery strays that are supposed to go to the South Umpqua. Lots of Trophy Steelhead have been caught on the North Umpqua. It is one of the most unique river systems is Southern Oregon. Lots of smoothed over rock ledge pocket water and Umpqua Steelhead love to live in them!
South Umpqua - It is also a large tributary to the Umpqua system, but a little smaller than the North Umpqua. This is where our hatchery fish reside. But don't be fooled, the wild stock has come back ten-fold! We have been a part of the Umpqua enhancement derby for the past 12 years, which I have humbly won three times. The derby funds are used to enhance the Umpqua River system. In past years, funds have been focused on the South system, and it has shown.
South Fork Coquille - I love this little river. Great hatchery program with some big trophy Steelhead. All wild Steelhead have to be released and the harvest limit is three hatchery fish per angler. It’s one of my favorites to fish!
Rogue - Great Steelhead fishery. Anglers are allowed to keep one wild Steelhead per day. There are hatchery fish available as well. To be honest, with the pressure of anglers keeping wild Steelhead, it has taken it's toll, and most Steelhead range from 4 to 8 pounds.
Elk & Sixes - They are two short separate coastal rivers that are only two miles apart. You can actually fish both rivers in one day. These rivers are very dependent on rain fall, but when they do receive rain, fishing for Salmon and Steelhead can be exceptional.