If you’re an avid Oregon angler and want to get more involved in the preservation and enhancement of the local salmon and trout populations, you definitely don’t want to leave the state during March.
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Good news for anglers near Wallowa Lake! The world-record-sized kokanee fish you saw last season are said to happen again this year, due mainly to a natural disaster that led to fewer fish competing for food.
The Oregon Deparment of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) is presenting an educational and fun conference on March 26 and 27 aimed at bringing STEP volunteers and educators together in a way that allows them to share their stories and ideas.
The conference’s theme is “Teach today. Fish tomorrow.”, a slogan that STEP organizers say represents the camaraderie and information-sharing that is at the heart of the program. The conference will allow STEP participants and informal educators to share tips on organizing programs, procuring funds, and even what type of fishing equipment to use.
On May 1, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife implemented a liberalized trout bag limit for Thief Valley Reservoir. Well, they take it back.
The liberalized bag limit was put into place because wildlife officials expected low reservoir levels during the summer. Low water levels mean less room for trout to swim, and an overcrowded lake or reservoir can do serious damage to the trout’s ecosystem. Those reservoir level estimates came before the weeks and weeks of rain the Northwest experienced recently, so on June 11 the ODFW raised the bag limit back to the regular limit of five per day, with an 8-inch minimum length.
Calling all Oregon anglers – free fishing weekend is here! Because the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is just so darn cool, this weekend they’ve invited novice and experienced anglers alike to enjoy license- and tag-free fishing in Southern and Central Oregon.
Free Fishing Weekend, June 12, is an attempt to expose children and inexperienced anglers to the joys of fishing, according to an ODFW press release. Each event features knowledgeable volunteers and loaner rods and reels. While license and tag fees and requirements have been waived, all other angling restrictions apply.
According to a recent press release from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, anglers fishing the Tualatin and Yamhill rivers this season will be allowed to keep up to two trout per day. This comes as great news to anglers along both rivers, where trout fishing has been limited to catch and release.
Trout stocking in most rivers ended in the 1990s in an attempt to limit impacts on federally protected steelhead. The stocking ban ended last year after federal fishery managers, local landowners and conservation groups agreed to open up a 10-mile stretch of the Yamhill River to retention of fin-clipped hatchery trout.
Bill Monroe, a columnist on “all things outdoors” for The Oregonian, published an article today answering questions from his readers about the upcoming spring Chinook salmon run. See what he had to say and what anglers should be getting ready for.
First, he encouraged anglers not to be discouraged with the recent week’s lack-luster performance. “C’mon … it’s the first week of March!” he writes, “There’s a reason it’s called a ‘spring’ instead of ‘winter’ Chinook run.”