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.
“Oregonians have consistently told us they would like more streams where they have the opportunity to catch and keep trout,” said ODFW fish biologist Tom Murtagh. “This change represents a step forward in our commitment to reopen trout fisheries in Oregon’s streams and rivers while protecting native fish populations.”
Now that you will be able to keep the trout you catch from the Yamhill and Tualatin rivers, it might be a good time to update your fishing equipment. All-purpose fishing tools and fishing pliers are a must-have for any serious angler this fishing season.
For more information on the new trout limits, visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website.