Catch rates of hatchery fish are notably lower than regular

Umpqua River - Roseburg, OR (Douglas County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Winter steelhead are being caught in the upper reaches of the mainstem Umpqua between River Forks and Umpqua boat launches. Catch rates of hatchery fish are notably lower than regular due to loss of winter steelhead smolts in 2020.

There have been no reports of spring Chinook being caught yet, but they should be showing up soon. Anglers may have some luck at Sawyer’s rapid for early Chinook.

Spring Chinook runs until June 30. Wild spring Chinook may be harvested this year with a bag limit of 1 per day and 5 total from the mainstem Umpqua. This is in aggregate with the North Umpqua limit of wild Chinook of ten total Chinook per season. Anglers may still retain two adults per day, but only one may be wild (unclipped).

Anglers are encouraged to submit steelhead snouts in barrels stationed at many boat ramps throughout the Umpqua drainage, or at the ODFW office in Roseburg. These snouts are being used in a study to optimize angling opportunities while maintaining a healthy fishery. Anglers who submit snouts may be entered into monthly drawings for gift cards to Sportsman’s Warehouse. Email [email protected] for more information on the program and locations of collection barrels

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, March 1st

Wallowa River: When water levels have come up a bit from winter lows
Quartzville Creek: Flows are in relatively good shape for winter, about 240 cfs
Santiam River ( North Fork) : River is currently running around 1,530 cfs at the gauge in Mehama
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 1,400 cfs at the Waterloo gauge
Alsea River: NF Alsea fishery is open and steady with fishing conditions
Necanicum River: The Necanicum will remain low and clear again this week
Nehalem River: The upper reaches of the Nehalem should be fishable through the week
Nehalem River- North Fork: The North Fork Nehalem remains low and clear for another week
Nestucca River: Fishing slowed on the Nestucca this past week, mostly due to the challenging weather
Salmon River: The river is low and clear and fishing pressure has been consistent
Siletz River: Road conditions are hazardous particularly in the upper portion of the gorge
Siuslaw River: Winter steelhead are moving throughout the Siuslaw River
Trask River: The river should be fishable and in decent shape throughout the week
Ben Irving Reservoir: Trout fishing can be tough
Chetco River: Rain this week has improved fishing conditions
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Trout fishing may be good on warmer days
Coquille River: The Coquille Basin steelhead rivers continue to run fairly low and clear
Diamond Lake: There have been recent reports of folks fishing on the ice and catching fish
Galesville Reservoir: Galesville water levels have recovered although it’s not yet full
Illinois River: Conditions have been low and clear
Lake Marie: Lake Marie Fishing Report
Rogue River- Lower: Very little fishing pressure
Rogue River - Middle: Current flow is around 1,600 cfs
Sixes River: Rain has blown the river out
Smith River: The Smith has been coming up with recent rain