Category Archives: North Umpqua River Fishing Reports

Ask ODFW to hold Winchester Dam Owners Accountable

Since Aug. 7th, there’s been one ecological disaster after another as the Winchester Water Control District (WWCD) made repairs to the dilapidated Winchester Dam to the minimum extent necessary to address public safety issues. Sadly, their cheap-as-possible approach came with … Continue reading

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Ask your State and Federal Representatives to stand up for the North Umpqua River

On August 7, 2023, Winchester Water Control District (WWCD) started repairing the derelict Winchester Dam. Despite far more expansive recent claims made to the public by WWCD about these repairs, WWCD representatives previously told state and federal regulators that the … Continue reading

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Winchester Dam Repairs Begin Despite Permitting Irregularities, Collapsing Summer Steelhead Run, and Fears of Another Fish Kill

2023 Repair at Dam First Since Botched 2018 Attempt That Caused Fish Kill and Polluted Drinking Water Supply for 37,000 People Winchester, OR ¬– On Monday August 7th, the fish ladder at Winchester Dam on the North Umpqua River near … Continue reading

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Early August Fishing Opportunities around the State

Our local rivers the McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette continue to fish well despite a lack of significant hatches. Hopper dropper set ups with Chubby Chernobyls and various jigged nymphs continue to be very effective. Attractor patterns like … Continue reading

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‘WHY DOES WINCHESTER DAM STILL EXIST?

From Native Fish Society In a letter to the editors of The News-Review, Roseburg, Oregon-resident Connie Page posed a question: Why does Winchester Dam (on the North Umpqua River) still exist? The dam is bad for the river’s salmon and steelhead … Continue reading

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NORTH UMPQUA FOUNDATION ONLINE AUCTION

The North Umpqua Foundation Auction is currently live. Click here to view items for bid. You can also simply make a donation here. Founded in 1983 when anglers and other concerned parties banded together to oppose a hydroelectric project that … Continue reading

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Clouser Variation – The UmpCraw: Fly Tying Video

Alex Swartz ties up a clouser variation with barred crazy legs with color inspiration from a great local fly, the mega prince. It’s a quick, simple tie with few materials. This fly was designed for bass on the Umpqua but … Continue reading

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Early August Willamette Valley Fishing Report

Cooler water temperatures will be found in the upper reaches of both the McKenzie and Willamette. Best fishing is taking place early and late in the day. Hatches have been minimal with most activity during the coolest parts of the … Continue reading

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First Annual Umpqua Bass Bash

Join us Saturday, July 16th, as Native Fish Society hosts our first annual Umpqua Bass Bash! This event, hosted on the mainstem Umpqua River, will help remove Smallmouth Bass from the river and bring awareness to the problems this invasive … Continue reading

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North Umpqua Wild Steelhead News

April 23rd -From the North Umpqua Coalition Oregon Steps Up Protections for Imperiled North Umpqua Summer Steelhead Hatchery program ended to aid recovery of iconic wild fish ASTORIA, Ore. – Today, after four hours of presentation, comment, and deliberation, the … Continue reading

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ODFW Wants to Hear from You – Send the Message to Restore North Umpqua Wild Summer Steelhead

From Native Fish Society March 2022 North Umpqua Summer Steelhead returns have declined significantly over the previous five years. In 2021, a record low run of only 450 wild Summer Steelhead returned to the North Umpqua basin. This historically low … Continue reading

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Wild Fish on the North Umpqua Need our Help

Please read the press release below and sign up for the in person workshop. It’s critical that concerned North Umpqua anglers voices are heard. The link to sign up is here and in the body of the press release. Thanks … Continue reading

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North Umpqua Summer Steelhead At Risk from Ongoing Hatchery Releases

North Umpqua Coalition asks ODFW to reduce harm to imperiled Summer Steelhead Populations North Umpqua River, Idleyld Park, Oregon – On January 31, 2022 the North Umpqua Coalition, consisting of The Conservation Angler, Native Fish Society, The Steamboaters, The North … Continue reading

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North Umpqua River Report – Redington Dually Rod Review February 2022

I should start off by noting that I had never been to the North Umpqua in the winter but I was able to spend some time on the water and talk with a few people along the way this past … Continue reading

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A Pause on Hatchery Summer Steelhead in the North Umpqua River

From Native Fish Society During the September Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting, the North Umpqua Coalition: Native Fish Society, Trout Unlimited, Steamboaters, The North Umpqua Foundation, Conservation Angler, and Umpqua Watersheds, expressed their advocacy for a pause of the … Continue reading

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