Bad news for Oregon fishing enthusiasts – the sturgeon count in the lower Willamette is low. Very, very low. So low, in fact, that the sturgeon fishing season may not reopen on January 1.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to hear from YOU!
That’s right – according to a posting on the Oregonian’s Oregon Outdoors blog, the USFWS will be holding two meetings in November and December to gather public input regarding the development of a management plan for the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. The plan is meant to be comprehensive and guide the refuge’s management and operations for the next 15 years. The USFWS is welcoming any and all questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions.
When are these meetings? Glad you asked. The meetings are schedule for:
If you think Portland is nothing more than a bunch of yuppies, you haven’t met the staff at Trackers Earth. Trackers Earth, formally Trackers NW, is an organization based in Portland, Ore., that is part outdoor education program, part wilderness survival program, part environmental activist group, and part sustainable living collective.
Just when you thought ocean fishing in Washington couldn’t get any better, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife goes and drops this awesome bomb on you.
That’s right, Washington anglers – as of July 23, you’ll be able to fish for salmon along the Washington coast SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. According to WDFW ocean salmon fisheries manager Doug Milward, the number of coastal anglers has been low this year, which prompted the change in regulation.
If you’re planning any Oregon ocean groundfishing this year, keep it close to shore. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced earlier this month that effective July 23, the fishery beyond the 20-fathom line will be closed to sport fishing. This is an attempt by the ODFW to minimize the catch-and-release mortality rate of yelloweye rockfish, which are considered overfished by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“Yelloweye catch has been up along the entire Oregon Coast,” ODFW sport groundfish program leader Lynn Mattes said in a press release. “After consulting with the Sportfish Advisory Committee we decided to pull the fishery into 20 fathoms to protect yelloweye while still offering a fishery for other species.”
July brought good news for Washington fishing enthusiasts: Due to significantly high numbers of returning sockeye, Baker Lake is now open for salmon fishing! This is an unprecedented move on the part of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. According to a press release issued this month, Baker Lake has seen a return of more than 10,000 hatchery fish, well exceeding the goal of 6,300 set earlier in the year.
“People have been waiting a long time to be able to fish for sockeye salmon in Baker Lake,” said WDFW fish biologist Brett Barkdull. “This year’s run isn’t huge by historical standards, but we’ve exceeded our goals for both hatchery-reared sockeye and naturally spawning fish needed for production.”