Fans of the Tillamook Bay spring fishery, take note: The Tillamook Anglers need your help! This Saturday, April 10, they’re looking for a few hundred volunteers to help clip adipose fins for roughly 100,000 Chinook salmon before they are released into nearby Tillamook-area rivers.
The Tillamook Anglers are a fish-advocacy organization dedicated to preserving the fishery resources of Tillamook County. Operating out of the Whiskey Creek Hatchery on Netarts Bay, the Tillamook Anglers have raised and released more than 1.5 million salmon since 1988.
If you aren’t familiar with fin-clipping, here’s the scoop: Clipping the fins of salmon marks them as hatchery fish and lets fishing enthusiasts know they are okay to keep. The popular spring fishing season in Tillamook Bay is credited mainly to the Tillamook Anglers’ fin-clipping program.
The fin-clipping program starts at 9 a.m. at the Whiskey Creek Hatchery, two miles north of Cape Lookout State Park. You’ll want to dress for the weather—while the hatchery is covered, it is not indoors. Volunteers get a free barbecue lunch along with the satisfaction of knowing they helped keep a wonderful tradition alive. If you have any questions, or for more information, contact Jerry Dove at 503-812-1572 or check out the Tillamook Anglers’ website.