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More Winter Steelhead to Watch For in the Next Couple Months

3:25 AM · Feb 16, 2024

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.

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