- Mar 26, 2021
In sorting out which trips I want to make this spring and summer, I'm thinking about hitting the Umpqua for smallmouth in June. I'd love to be able to use my boat (14' conventional aluminum, 16hp motor, and an electric trolling motor if that makes any difference) but know that some rapids on the Umpqua are a bit spicy for that kind of craft, and water levels may be too low in places. In looking at other threads here and at Google Earth, I'm looking most closely at launching and retrieving at the Sawyers Rapids Launch (not the RV park, but the county park on the south side of the river, and upstream of the rapids themselves) and fishing the mile and a half or two miles upstream to Bunch Bar and back. Any opinions on whether that's feasible on that stretch, and if not, is there a better place? Thanks in advance.