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Fishing News Release & Updates
Trout season opens for ALL Oregon waters May 24 - Oct 31 2014
Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, you will need an "Aquatic Species Prevention Permit" for your drift boat, canoe or inflatable pontoon boat over 10 feet long. Permits are transferable to other non-motorized boats, but each boat on the water needs a permit. Permits go on sale Dec 1 wherever ODFW licenses are sold and online. For more information see the news release.
States reopen Chinook season above Bonneville
CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Continued improvement in the number of upriver spring Chinook salmon returning to the Columbia River prompted fishery managers from Oregon and Washington to reopen the recreational fishing season above Bonneville Dam.
Spring Chinook fishing will reopen above Bonneville Dam from Saturday, May 31 through Sunday, June 15 under rules adopted today during a joint state hearing of fish and wildlife officials from the two states.
The joint state action is based on a revised estimate of salmon returns issued on Tuesday by the U.S. v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee, which adjusted its expected return of upriver Chinook to 230,000 fish, up from the previous estimate of a minimum 224,000 upriver fish.
At the last meeting of the two states, on May 13, fishery managers reopened the lower Columbia to recreational Chinook salmon fishing for an extra month, through June 15. The season was structured to dovetail into the summer Chinook season, which begins on June 16.
“With these extra fish we’re now able to give upriver fishermen some additional fishing opportunity, too,” said John North, ODFW’s Columbia River Program manager.
Under the rules approved at today’s hearing, the season opens to both boat and bank fishing from the Tower Island power lines approximately six miles below The Dalles Dam, upstream to the Oregon/Washington border (about 17 miles upstream of McNary Dam), plus bank fishing only from Bonneville Dam to the Tower Island power lines.
The bag limit is two fin-clipped adult salmonids per day, of which only one may be a Chinook. Up to five adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and shad may also be kept per permanent regulations.
Managers forecast excellent fall salmon seasons on Columbia
CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Oregon and Washington fishery managers announced the 2014 summer and fall salmon and steelhead seasons for the Columbia River and, thanks to strong projected returns, they include bigger bag limits for several areas.
The 2014 seasons are based on a projected record return of 1.6 million fall Chinook and over 900,000 hatchery coho salmon. Based on these projections, bag limits have been increased for the following fisheries:
Also for fall 2014 is the continuation of the “boat limit” rule from Buoy 10 to the OR/WA border. Anglers fishing from the same boat may continue fishing for salmon until all licensed anglers have reached their daily limits.
Based on the run size and larger bag limits, managers are predicting the number of fish caught in 2014 will be 40 percent higher than in 2013. The number of days on the water is expected to be similar to 2013.
According to Chris Kern, ODFW deputy administrator for Columbia and Marine programs, the major constraint to allowing additional fishing days is still the allowable harvest rate of ESA-listed wild tule Chinook.
“This year the allowable impacts on wild tules for southern U.S. fisheries is nearly 10 percent lower than in 2013,” Kern said. “As a result we need to constrain fisheries in areas of the lower river where anglers are more likely to encounter more tules.“
“At the same time, we’ve tried to maximize opportunities in upriver areas where anglers can take advantage of the huge Chinook returns with fewer impacts on wild tules,” he added.
“While we couldn’t achieve much in the way of additional days on the water, we expect catch rates to be even higher than last year’s,” Kern said.
Anglers should be alert for potential in-season modifications, especially in the Buoy 10 and middle river areas.
Here are the details of the 2014 Columbia River summer and fall salmon and steelhead seasons:
* Seasons may be subject to in-season modification.
Barbless hooks, new Columbia River endorsement required for sport anglers
The Commission declined to delay the barbless hook requirement on the Columbia River and selected tributaries. Therefore, beginning in 2013, barbless hooks will be required in the mainstem Columbia River up to the OR/WA border and some lower tributaries.
For 2013 the following tributaries will be restricted to barbless hooks:
Google fishing map points to NW Oregon trout locales
CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today introduced a new Fishing Map to help anglers find trout stocking locations in the department’s Northwest Region.
The Google-based map is available via the ODFW website and details 111 sites around the Willamette Valley and North Coast areas of Oregon where the department releases more than 1.2 million hatchery-reared rainbow trout. ODFW releases rainbow trout ranging in size from “legals” about eight inches long to “trophies” that can weigh in excess of 10 pounds. The planters are produced by several ODFW trout hatcheries. Trout stocking is one of ODFW’s largest and most popular recreational programs.
The fishing map can be accessed from the department’s website from links in several places, including the Trout Stocking Schedule page, weekly Recreation Report and Where and How to Fish page. The map allows viewers to zoom in for a close-up at the sites in their choice of map, satellite and terrain view. Clicking on the icon opens a text balloon with site photos, links to nearby campgrounds and other points of interest, fish species, and links to ODFW’s weekly recreation report, trout stocking schedule and sport fishing regulations. The Google engine is also capable of generating GPS coordinates and directions from any starting point. Sites are designated with blue icons that look like a fish head and hook and line.
Trout fishing is the most popular fishery in the state, according to a survey of anglers the department conducted in 2006, and the new fishing map is designed to build upon that popularity. Of those anglers surveyed in the 2006 study, 73 percent said they had fished for trout in the past year. That equates to approximately 420,000 anglers.
“This is our most popular fishery, and the trout we produce at our hatcheries are a very important component of trout fishing,” said Rhine Messmer, ODFW Recreational Fisheries Program manager for Inland Fisheries. “A lot of the time these fisheries provide entry-level opportunity for our younger anglers and their families at ponds, lakes and streams across the state. These fisheries are by nature some of the easiest to participate in and are important to angler recruitment.”
Because it is so heavily populated, ODFW releases a large share of its hatchery-reared trout within the department’s NW Region, which is the most populous area of the state and spans 13 counties, including Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill. The cost of the trout stocking program is covered primarily through the sale of Oregon fishing licenses.
Freshwater fishing is a huge economic driver for Oregon. A 2009 study for the department by Dean Runyan and Associates estimated that the freshwater fishing contributed nearly $200 million to the state’s economy every year. While the study didn’t break sales down by fresh water species, which would also include salmon, steelhead and other types of fish, the economic impact of trout fishing on the state’s economy is nonetheless significant.
“Given the high level of participation there is no question this is a high value fishery,” said Messmer.
For more information, visit ODFW’s website at www.dfw.state.or.us.
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