Umpquafish.com has been very busy with over 4,000 winter steelhead counted migrating upstream in the North Umpqua River. We will continue tallying each one for as long as these beautiful fish keep heading towards their spawning streams. Thank you for watching our LiveCam Video.
More Winter Steelhead to Watch For in the Next Couple Months
By mid-February the North Umpqua winter steelhead returns are about 30% (one-third) of the total year's estimated runsize through April 30th.
This percent does vary based on the timing of the migration over the five-month period due to flows, temperatures, accuracy of estimates, and other factors.
Based on the Derby's video actual counts, the update-to-date numbers suggest the wild fish total count will most likely be in the range of 7500-10,500 compared to the recent 10-year period of roughly 9,000 total and significantly higher than the past 3-year average of just over 5,000 wild fish.
Updated Winter Steelhead Count, Sportsman's & Outdoor Recreation Show This Weekend
As of February 6th at midnight, 2,285 Winter Steelhead have passed over the Winchester Dam.
Join us at the annual Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Show, happening February 9 - 11, 2024, at the Douglas Fairgrounds! This event is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, featuring a wide array of exhibits and activities related to fishing, hunting, camping, boating, RVing, ATVing, cycling, kayaking, hiking, climbing, scuba diving, and much more.
Friday: Noon - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Adults: $8.00, or $6.00 with a $2.00 off Bi-Ma...
Our final tallies. Congrats not only to our winners but to ALL the teams, guides, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and auction attendees who contribute to our events so we can continue raising money for fishery and wildlife enhancement, restoration projects, & education programs in the Umpqua Basin 🌲
Here is our 2024 Derby video! This is the video shown last night at the derby banquet. It shows highlights from the student day up Rock Creek, kids day at Cooper Creek, the oyster bar and crab feed as well as action shots from this year's fishing derby on both the North and South Umpqua Rivers!
Video by Elijah Finlay - additional footage: Bob Ferguson and Jeff McEnroe.
Here is the breakdown of all the winter steelhead caught during the 2024 fish derby. The 2-day fishing derby was excellent this year. 40 derby guides provided 80 anglers both days with a great opportunity to enjoy the winter steelhead fishing for hatchery and wild steelhead
On the North Umpqua, 185 wild, 0 hatchery - 185 total
On the South Umpqua, 40 wild, 61 hatchery - 101 total
On the Main Umpqua, 71 wild, 0 hatchery - 71 total
Total fish caught:
296 wild winter steelhead
61 hatchery winter steelhead
357 total winter steelhead
2024 Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby Kids at Cooper Creek Reservoir
It was another great day yesterday at the annual Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby Kids Day out at Cooper Creek Reservoir! The 5th-grade students from Eastwood Elementary School had a blast! Big thank you to all the people and local organizations who worked together to make this event happen!