Posts Tagged ‘Fishing’

ODFW Reduces Bag Limit at Thief Valley Reservoir

Monday, June 21st, 2010

angler exchange blade fishing setOn 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.

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WDFW Is Stayin’ Busy

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

If you think government agencies are nothing more than groups of bureaucratic layabouts, think again! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been busy recently dealing with very important matters affecting the Northwest’s outdoor enthusiasts. Here are just a few of the goings-on from a recent WDFW 4 meeting:

Wildlife damage response
After a year of working with citizen groups and landowners, the WDFW has adopted new rules addressing property and livestock damage caused by local wildlife. Some of the changes include dropping a $500 deductible on small claims, reducing the minimum amount for livestock claims to $500, and dropping the requirement that hunting be used as a way to deal with livestock depredation problems. The new rules will be posted on the WDFW website.

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Frogs Are Cool

Monday, May 31st, 2010

cascades frog
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently released a new pamphlet titled “Frogs are Cool: Facts About Frogs for Kids,” an informative and fun flyer aimed at raising awareness of the many endangered and sensitive species of frogs native to Oregon.

There are 16 species of frogs native to Oregon, and many are recognized as Oregon State Sensitive species, meaning they have small or declining populations. ODFW hopes the new frog awareness campaign will help kids and adults alike recognize and protect the protected species.

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ODFW: Spring chinook opens this weekend

Monday, June 8th, 2009

The Imnaha and Wallowa rivers in Northeast Oregon will open to hatchery spring chinook fishing Saturday, June 13, announced the Oregon Department of Fish and WIldlife (ODFW).

From June 13 through July 12, anglers may fish for spring chinook from the mouth of the Imnaha River upstream 45 miles to Summit Creek Bridge. The Wallowa River will be open from the deadline at the lower end of Minam State Park upstream to the mouth of the Lostine River.

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Fishing 101: Landing a Fish

Monday, May 18th, 2009

As fishing season is upon us, I thought it might be helpful to revisit some of the basics of fishing, namely, how to land a fish. The process basically consists of three steps, often more easier said than done.

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Steelhead Season Postponed

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Earlier this week, the Washington and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife postponed the opening of steelhead and jack chinook season, said an ODFW press release. The original open date was scheduled for today.

“The decision was in response to a recent downgrade in the upriver spring chinook forecast by the US v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC),” wrote ODFW. “On Monday, TAC downgraded its preseason estimate of nearly 300,000 to a range of 120,000 to 150,000 fish.”

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Idaho: Mandatory Bumperstickers for Boats, Really?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Idaho boaters are in for an interesting requirement this season. It looks like fishing, kayaking, sailing – essentially all water recreation — just got a little harder as, according Idaho Fish and Game, a new state law requires the owner of any boat and any non-motorized vessel to buy and display an Idaho Invasive Species Fund sticker.

The sticker is required to legally launch and operate your vessel in Idaho. Only inflatable, non-motorized vessels less than 10 feet long are exempt, says Fish and Game.

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WDFW: “Big” Season Opener

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

“An improved average catch rate and some bigger fish made cool, windy weather tolerable for thousands of anglers during the April 25 Washington lowland lake fishing season opener,” writes the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in a recent press release.

A WDFW biologist said the weather kept some people indoors, so the boat ramps were not as busy for the opener. He added that there were some pretty good catch rates and nice-sized fish caught despite the below average turnout.

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