North Umpqua wild summer steelhead count increases


The numbers of wild summer steelhead in the North Umpqua River are up from last year’s low of 450 fish.

As of June 21, 544 wild summer steelhead crossed Winchester Dam into the North Umpqua Basin. Although this is still lower than average, biologists anticipated an increase in returns as ocean conditions are improving.

Biologists are closely monitoring returns and current analysis projects the 2022 run to be above the critical threshold of 1,200 wild summer steelhead returning by the end of the year. Peak return typically is late June through mid-July.

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