On May 23, a new trout season opens on the lower Clackamas River, giving fisherman an opportunity to harvest stray hatchery trout, reports the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).Previously, the lower Clackamas was a catch-and-release only trout fishing area, but this year anglers will be permitted to keep up to two adipose fin-clipped trout per day. Any fish with an adipose fin must be released as quickly and gently as possible.
According to ODFW, biologists recommended the new season as a way to increase opportunities for anglers while reducing impacts of hatchery fish on native steelhead and salmon that occupy the lower Clackamas.
“We have been seeing adipose fin-clipped trout in the lower river,” said Todd Alsbury, a biologist for ODFW. “We don’t want large numbers of hatchery trout competing with native steelhead, cutthroat trout and salmon so we changed the regulations to allow anglers to harvest these trout.”
The Clackamas River from its confluence with the Willamette River upstream to North Fork Dam will be open for trout angling from May 23 to October 31. Other conditions may apply, please visit the ODFW web site for more information.
Don’t miss out on taking advantage of this new fishing opportunity because you didn’t have the proper fishing equipment.