Fishing

In its lower reaches, the Umatilla River offers steelhead, coho and Chinook salmon angling. The upper river has a nice population of rainbow trout, as well as lots of whitefish and some bull trout. Fall Chinook and coho salmon are in the river from August through December, peaking in October and November. In McKay Reservoir – located 6 miles south of Pendleton on Highway 395 – anglers will find good fishing for bullhead catfish, crappie and other panfish.