North Umpqua River Steward
Rob Bowler: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Umqpua River is one of the most fabled rivers in the Northwest. Famous for its 33 miles of fly fishing only and its wild summer steelhead, it also has good runs of spring and fall chinook, coho, and winter steelhead. Historically, however, the anadromous fish of the North Umpqua were very numerous, but today the numbers are fewer, but still vigorous and relatively stable. Winter steelhead of over 20 lbs are not unusual.
Threats to the North Umpqua are the usual culprits. Logging, water withdrawal, dams, pollution, and excessive development have hurt this great river. Steamboat Creek, the main spawning tributary of the North Umpqua is now being managed for the wild fishery.
The upper 35 miles of the North have been included in the Wild and Scenic River system. The Forest Service is better managing the upper river, but BLM still pursues bad management practices and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s hatchery programs threaten the genetic versatility and strength of the North Umpqua’s wild fish. Organizati ons like the Native Fish Society, Umpqua Watersheds, and Steamboaters have been crucial in nurturing and protecting this famous river.