Anglers: 2 p.m. emergency angling closure for North Umpqua River begins Monday; Closure affects fly water area through September 30.
Oregon Fish and Wildlife
Anglers: 2 p.m. emergency angling closure for North Umpqua River begins Monday Closure affects fly water area through September 30.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
ROSEBURG, Ore – Beginning Monday, August 6, angling the North Umpqua River fly area is closed from 2 p.m. to one hour before sunrise. The closure extends from the fly area boundary at Deadline Falls to the marker below Soda Springs Dam near the power plant enclosure and is in effect through September 30.
This emergency regulation aims to protect wild summer steelhead in the fly waters of the upper North Umpqua River. Exceptionally low flows and higher water temperatures at this time of year combined with preliminary data indicating the wild summer steelhead run may be below average prompted fishery managers to enact the closure.
An emergency regulation was set last week in the mainstem Umqpua River to protect native fish seeking cooler water at tributaries.
Tips for hot weather angling: •Fish during the cooler early mornings. •Land your fish quickly to help increase survival rates. •Keep your fish in at least six inches of water while releasing it. •Revive the fish before release. Keep the fish upright facing into the current; if the current is slow, move the fish back and forth slowly to help oxygenate the gills.
Contact: Greg Huchko, 541-464-2177 Jason Brandt, 541-464-2157
North Umpqua River afternoon angling closure lifted beginning September 6
Fly water again open an hour before sunrise to an hour after sunset.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
ROSEBURG, Ore – Beginning Thursday, September 6, the North Umpqua River fly area reopens to afternoon angling. Fishing hours return to one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
An emergency regulation began August 6 to close afternoon fly angling from the fly area boundary at Deadline Falls to the marker below Soda Springs Dam to protect wild summer steelhead. The closure, due to high water temperatures and exceptionally low flows, was to be in effect through September 30 but cooler water temperatures prompted fishery managers to reopen the area early.
“Currently, the North Umpqua River is about 10 degrees cooler than it was in early August when we put the restriction in place, and it looks like we’re past the hot weather hurdle. We are confident fly anglers can now fish in the afternoons and evenings again and enjoy some of the best angling opportunities of the year,” said Greg Huchko, Umpqua District Fish Biologist. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding and observance of this rule over the past month.”
Greg Huchko, 541-464-2177 Jason Brandt, 541-464-2157