The action has been pretty decent, particularly for my fishing partners!
Dad and I hit the South Umpqua first, primarily for some fishing spot recon. We fished a little and caught a few small smallmouth bass, but it wasn’t very good, which wasn’t a surprise considering the sun was high and bright and temperatures were in the low 90s.
Interesting thing about the rivers around here, and something I’d forgotten, is that much of the river bank is public property. So there are many areas where you can pull off the road pretty much drive right to the water. Easy access equates to more fishing pressure (and litter).
Another thing, at least on the South Umpqua, is the heavy amount of gold dredging. Nothing like the roar of a two-stroke dredge motor to add to ambiance! A dredge was blasting at the first spot we pulled off, so we just moved on.
The next afternoon we hit one of dad’s favorite smallmouth holes. The weather was cloudy and the wind was blowing pretty well, creating a nice chop so we decided to start with topwater lures. Dad put on a Zara Spook and I used a soft plastic buzz frog. The frogs bust them in Virginia, but I rolled only one fish. Dad, on the other hand, was ripping them, including this nice 2-pounder.