Livestream video of the Winchester Dam Fish Ladder on the North Umpqua River! Brought to you by Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby 501(c)(3) Not associated with ODFW.

Spring Chinook Count Update

A total of 2,359 Spring Chinook have been counted through May 15th. If you appreciate the Umpqua Live Fish Cam, the fish counting efforts as well as other Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby projects, you can support the derby and its efforts here:

Spring Chinook and Summer Steelhead Counts Update

2024 Spring Chinook count through May 9th is 1200 fish (actual number of fish tallied from video). Several more salmon were moving upstream this past weekend. 2024 Summer Steelhead actual count is 58. This is just the start of this migration that continues throughout the next few months. Water temperature reached 60 degrees during the summer-like weekend.

Over 10,000 Steelhead and 1,000 Chinook Salmon Counted Passing Over the Winchester Dam

The Winter Steelhead count at the Winchester Dam on the North Umpqua River is over 10,000 and early summer steelhead are already here. Spring Chinook are migrating upstream in good numbers counted to date. And yes, hundreds of largescale suckers are also tallied during their in-river migration this time of the year.

Eastwood Elementary Students Release Steelhead They Helped Raise

Awesome day today with the Eastwood kids releasing the Steelhead they helped raise! Such a wonderful program!

First Spring Chinook Salmon Passes Through Winchester Dam For 2024 Season

The first Spring Chinook Salmon of the season passed over the Winchester Dam today at 7:50pm! In 2023, the first Spring Chinook Salmon didn't pass over the Winchester Dam until April 16th at 1:27 pm. Photos: 1 - The moment the Spring Chinook quickly passed through the Winchester Dam. 2 - Better screen shot of the Spring Chinook when it first arrived about an hr and a half before it passed through. 3 - Screen shot of the first Spring Chinook that passed over the Winchester Dam in 2023

"Spring" "Time" "March" Predictions

Time marches forward into spring of 2024. It is time for the annual predictions for springtime viewing of our LiveCam. The next few weeks is usually when over 25% of the winter steelhead population will continue their forward migration to their spawning homewaters destination in the North Umpqua. Our first prediction is the count will reach over 6000 fish and could end up being the highest return in the past few years. Secondly, the first "spring chinook" will be seen in the viewing window in the next couple weeks. Be looking for this leader of many more of this species to follow when the water temperature nears the 50-degree mark. You could be eligible for a prize from the Derby when you send in a time-stamped photo from the live-streaming video. The third prediction is guaranteed to happen this weekend..the clock on the wall will return to "realtime" for about 6 months and we will thankfully receive fewer questions about if the fish see the time is off by an hour as s... See more

The steelhead migration is in a "cold water" delay until further notice and the temperature starts to increase a few degrees.

Over 4,000 and still counting 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.