Overshooting happens when steelhead ascend one or more dams upstream of their natal tributaries and must eventually pass back through the hydro system and downstream fish passage facilities that are not designed to accommodate adult fish. Here’s why the John Day River is critical to understanding more about this phenomenon.
Oregon’s North Umpqua River is legendary for its summer steelhead fishery, and for the special fishing regulations that have helped sustain the unique character and history of this water. Now, for only the second time since Oregon began to regulate fishing on the North Umpqua, the summer steelhead fishery will be closed in 2023 due to poor returns of adult fish.
Last week, the Oregon legislature passed two bills that are good for wild steelhead
On April 22nd, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-3 to end the hatchery summer steelhead program on the North Umpqua River after determining that the hatchery program presented an unacceptable risk to wild fish.
Tell ODFW what you think about managing steelhead fisheries in the Columbia Basin.
Dean Finnerty, Director of Wild Steelheaders United, provides a look back at the fish management ups and downs in Oregon this past year.
On December 17th, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 5-2 to continue to allow harvest of wild winter steelhead under the Rogue-South Coast Plan.
As we approach the final meeting of the ODFW Commission on the Rogue-South Coast Plan, find out what you can do to improve wild steelhead regs.
The ODFW Commission met on October 25th and requested that a catch and release alternative is included in the final draft of the Rogue-South Coast Plan.
Last Friday, the ODFW Commission met to discuss the Rogue-South Coast Plan. The virtual meeting was open to the public and many anglers, guides and elected officials showed up to comment. Out of fifty comments focused on the issue of harvest, thirty-seven people testified in support of a catch and release alternative.