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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Bittersweet news, Roseburg-area anglers! Rock Creek Hatchery, located east of I-5 between Roseburg and Sutherlin, is closing! According to a press release from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Rock Creek Hatchery will be closed to the public through February 2011 due to the construction of a fish ladder.
Pennsylvania Fisherman – If you are looking for a couple of locations to go fishing over the next month or so, consider Lake Luxembourg and Levittown Lake. Both were stocked in December and January with trout (2,200 were recorded in the December release) and fishing in the area has been relatively light. Experts are saying there should be plenty of fish in the waters for fisherman able to get out there and try.
Lake Luxembourg is a 150 acre water source owned by Bucks County. Because it is part of the Core Creek County Park, there is a small access fee in order to use the area. There is also no night fishing as the park as a sunrise to sunset curfew.
Expectations are high this year for steelhead fishing in the American River. Over the past two years, fishing in the river during the winter has been slow because early runs left the fishing low. It is expected that fishable steelhead numbers have improved significantly to the point where 2008 may be a red-letter year for fishing the system.
“The last couple years we’ve had a bunch of fish show up early and that’s kind of been it, but this year they’re trickling through all the way through the winter,” said JD Richey of Richey Sportfishing. fishwithjd.com “I don’t think it will slow down until March.”
Northwest anglers looking for a good fishing area are encouraged to consider putting their poles in the Clackamas River. The River is fed winter steelhead from three different hatcheries this time of year, making them ideal for late winter fishing.
“The Clackamas stays good until mid-April for winter steelhead, “says veteran fishing guide and author of Salmon Fishing 101, Bob Toman. “Right now on the Clackamas we’re starting to get some wild fish.” The river is primarily fed hatchery fish from Irrigon, Oak Springs and Eagle Creek. It is estimated that roughly 305,000 steelhead smolts are released into this Oregon river system each year.