Wild spring Chinook harvest prohibited in mainstem Umpqua River, reduced in North

Umpqua River - Roseburg, OR (Douglas County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

ROSEBURG, Ore – A temporary rule prohibits wild spring Chinook harvest on the mainstem Umpqua River and reduces the North Umpqua bag limit.

Feb. 1 – June 30, 2022:

  • Only hatchery spring Chinook may be kept on the mainstem Umpqua River. Harvesting wild spring Chinook (jacks and adults) is prohibited.

ODFW forecasts low returns of adult wild spring Chinook for 2022. These temporary rules are meant to help protect the populations returning to the South and North Umpqua rivers.

South Umpqua wild spring Chinook returns have been low the past few years. Biologists expect returns to the North Umpqua to be well below average again this year.

The wild spring Chinook harvest restrictions are from a conservation sliding scale outlined in the CMP, ODFW's Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan. The sliding scale adjusts harvest opportunity based on the health of the North and South Umpqua populations.

The CMP was adopted in 2014 by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. It was developed with help from stakeholder teams along the Oregon coast.


OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Friday, December 17th, 2021

Blitzen River: Recent precipitation has increased flows and river levels are near average conditions
Delintment Lake: Ice fishing may be good at Dealignment early this winter
Fourmile Lake: Snow will block access
John C Boyle Reservoir: Fishing is slow due to very cold-water temperatures and turbid water
Klamath River - Middle: Klamath River Report
Krumbo Reservoir: Malheur Wildlife Refuge does not allow ice fishing on this Krumbo Reservoir
Lake Of The Woods: Lake should start freezing soon if not already doing so
Malheur Reservoir: Quite low but fishing has been great for rainbow trout
Miller Lake: Fishing is slow for rainbow trout as effort has been high
Owyhee Reservoir: Anglers may have some success targeting redband trout and crappie this winter
Owyhee River: Fly fishing has been good recently, trout are biting on small midge patterns
Yellowjacket Lake: Ice is now forming on Yellowjacket Reservoir
Ben Irving Reservoir: Reservoir is likely murky and may inhibit certain methods
Chetco River: There are good numbers of Chinook spread throughout the lower river
Coquille River: There are a few steelhead in the tidal portion of the Coquille River
Diamond Lake: The lake should start to freeze over
Elk River: A good number of Chinook have had a chance to distribute throughout the river
Galesville Reservoir: Galesville may finally start to fill again with lots of rain
Lemolo Lake: The reservoir has been drawn down for the season and is quite low
Pistol River: Fish have had a chance to move into the river system
Rogue River- Lower: The river flow is currently swift and muddy from recent winter storms
Rogue River - Middle: Rogue River Middle Fishing Report
Rogue River- Upper: Expect winter weather for the weekend
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): Upper Rogue River Report
Sixes River: Sixes River Fishing Report
Umpqua River: Steelhead season is now open on the main
Winchuck River: Chinook have been seen distributed throughout the watershed