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Fishing News Release & Updates

(Updated 4-16-14) 

 Trout season opens for ALL Oregon waters May 24 - Oct 31 2014

 

Attention Anglers:

 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.

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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:

  • At Buoy 10, anglers will be able to keep three adipose-clipped coho after Sept 1.
  • From the Lewis River to the Sandy River the season will start off with a two Chinook limit.
  • From the Sandy to Washougal rivers upstream to the OR/WA border, the daily bag limit for fall Chinook will be three (fin-clipped or not).

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:

Summer Seasons*

  • Summer Chinook and Sockeye
    • Retention of sockeye and adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook (longer than 24-inches) allowed:
      • June 16 – June 30 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.
      • June 16 – July 31 from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border.
    • Retention of adipose fin-clipped jack summer Chinook (between 12 and 24-inches long) and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed June 16 – July 31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA border.
    • The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks. All sockeye are considered adults in the daily limit.
    • All other permanent rules apply.

Fall Seasons*

  • Buoy 10
    • Area definition: From the Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red buoy #44 to red marker #2 at Tongue Point on the Oregon shore.
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adipose fin-clipped adult coho (16-inches or longer) and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.
    • August 1 – 29: Retention of adult Chinook (24-inches or longer, fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook.
    • August 30 – September 1: Retention of adipose or left-ventral fin-clipped adult Chinook is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook.
    • September 2 – 30: Retention of Chinook is prohibited but the daily bag limit increases to three adult salmonids of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead.
    • October 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids.
    • Jacks may not be retained between August 1 and September 30 under permanent rules.
    • All other permanent rules apply.

  • Lower Columbia – Tongue Point/Rocky Point upstream to Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island
    • Area definition: From a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red buoy #44 to the red marker #2 at Tongue Point on the Oregon shore upstream to a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore through red buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island.
      August 1 – December 31: Retention of adipose fin-clipped adult coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed.
    • August 1 – September 6: Retention of adult Chinook (longer than 24-inches, fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook.
    • September 7 – 14: Retention of adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, only one of which may be a Chinook.
    • September 15 – 30: Retention of Chinook is prohibited. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids.
    • October 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not) is allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids.
    • Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.
    • All other permanent rules apply, including bag limits for jacks.

  • Lower Columbia – Warrior Rock/Bachelor Isl. upstream to Steamboat Landing/Marker #50
    • Area definition: From a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore through red buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island upstream to a line projected from the most downstream point on the Steamboat Landing dock on the Washington shore through navigation light #50 to the Oregon shore. Fishing from the Steamboat Landing dock is considered within the fishing area.
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped adult coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed. The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids.
    • Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.
    • All other permanent rules apply, including bag limits for jacks.

  • Lower Columbia - Steamboat Landing/Marker #50 upstream to Bonneville Dam
    • Area definition: From a line projected from the most downstream point on the Steamboat Landing dock on the Washington shore through navigation light #50 to the Oregon shore upstream to Bonneville Dam.
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adipose fin-clipped adult coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed. The daily bag limit is three adult salmonids, of which at least one must be a Chinook.
    • Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.
    • All other permanent rules apply, including bag limits for jacks.

  • Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam)
    • August 1 – December 31: Retention of adult Chinook (fin-clipped or not), adult coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed. The daily bag limit is three adult salmonids, of which at least one must be a Chinook.
    • All coho retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be adipose fin-clipped.
    • Each legal angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily adult salmonid bag limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.
    • All other permanent rules apply, including bag limits for jacks.

* Seasons may be subject to in-season modification.

 

Deschutes, Hood rivers open for Chinook on April 15

 

Chinook Fishing
The Deschutes River below Sherars Falls is popular and productive site for spring Chinook fishing.
-ODFW photo-
 
THE DALLES, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced that the popular spring Chinook fisheries on the Deschutes and Hood rivers will open April 15.
 
Deschutes River

 

According to Rod French, ODFW fish biologist, managers are predicting that as many 13,000 hatchery fish may return to the Deschutes. This year’s run should be substantially larger than last year’s, when no spring Chinook fishing was allowed in order to protect the small number of returning fish.

 

“If the run comes back as predicted, Chinook salmon fishing on the Deschutes should be excellent,” he said.

 

“The Deschutes River fishery below Sherars Falls is extremely popular because it offers a great chance to catch a Columbia River spring Chinook from the bank,” he said. “In recent years, as many as 10,000 anglers a year have participated in the fishery.”

 

Here is a summary of the temporary rules for the Deschutes River adopted by ODFW:

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook from April 15 through July 31 from the mouth of the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls.
  • The catch limit is two adult adipose fin-clipped salmon per day, and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day.
  • All non-adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon must be released unharmed.
  • It is unlawful to continue to fish from Sherars Falls downstream to the upper railroad trestle after taking a daily bag limit of two adult Chinook salmon.

Hood River

Managers are also predicting a fairly strong return of spring Chinook to return to the Hood River. A return of over 1,300 hatchery fish is predicted for the Hood River, which is slightly better than last year’s return

According to French, the Hood River offers another good opportunity to catch a spring Chinook from the bank but in conditions that are much les crowded than on the Deschutes.

Here is a summary of the temporary rules for the Hood River adopted by ODFW:

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped chinook from April 15 through June 30 from the mouth to mainstem confluence with the East Fork, and the West Fork from the confluence with the mainstem upstream to the angling deadline 200 feet downstream of Punchbowl Falls.
  • The catch limit is two adult adipose fin-clipped salmon per day, and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day.
  • All non-adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon must be released unharmed.

States set spring Chinook seasons for Columbia River

Vancouver, Wash. – Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River today during a joint state hearing in Vancouver.

The Columbia River spring Chinook seasons are based on a forecast of 227,000 returning upriver spring Chinook. This compares to a 2013 actual upriver return of 123,100 and leaves a harvest guideline of 10,157 upriver fish for the sport fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam. The spring Chinook season for the lower Columbia below the I-5 Bridge opened Jan. 1 under permanent rules. The season adopted today will take effect March 1 and is expected to extend the fishery through April 7.

The recreational harvest guideline is a result of an increase in the recreational share of allowed ESA impacts for spring Chinook; the share is 70 percent this year compared to 60 percent available to the recreational fishery in 2013. This increase in the sport fishing allocation is part of the lower Columbia River fisheries management framework recently adopted by the states. Beginning in 2017, the sport fishing allocation for spring Chinook will increase to 80 percent under the new management framework.

In addition to the seasons set today, anglers are reminded that a Columbia River Basin Endorsement is now required for all anglers with an Oregon license when fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River Basin.

The following is a summary of recreational fishing seasons, including those adopted at today’s meeting.

CHINOOK SALMON

Columbia River from Buoy 10 to Bonneville Dam

Prior to March 1, permanent rules, as outlined in the 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, remain in effect.

From March 1 through April 7, boat fishing will be allowed seven days per week from Buoy 10 upstream to Beacon Rock. Bank fishing will be allowed during the same timeframe from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam. The recreational fishery will be closed on March 25 and April 1 (Tuesdays) to allow for potential commercial fisheries.  This fishery will be managed to the available guideline of 10,157 upriver spring Chinook and may be shortened or extended depending on catch and effort.

The daily bag limit will be two adipose fin-clipped adult salmon or steelhead in combination, of which no more than one may be a Chinook. The rules also allow retention of up to five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day in Oregon.

Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to the Oregon/Washington border

Effective March 16, this area will be open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook through May 9. Fishing for salmon and steelhead from a boat between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines, approximately six miles downstream from The Dalles Dam, is prohibited. Bank fishing is allowed throughout this area.

This fishery will be managed to the available guideline of 1,354 upriver spring Chinook and may be shortened or extended depending on catch and effort.

The daily bag limit will be two adipose fin-clipped adult salmon or steelhead in combination, of which no more than one may be a Chinook. The rules also allow retention of up to five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day in Oregon.

The one chinook bag limit upstream of Bonneville Dam is new for 2014. It was adopted with the support of various angler groups in order to extend the fishing season.

Select Areas

Permanent fishing regulations for recreational harvest in Oregon waters within Youngs Bay and Blind Slough/Knappa Slough are listed in the 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Effective March 1 through June 15, 2014 on days when the mainstem below Bonneville Dam is open to recreational Chinook harvest, the daily salmonid bag limit will be the same as mainstem Columbia bag limits. On days the mainstem Columbia is closed to Chinook retention, the permanent bag limits for Select Areas will apply.

Willamette River

On the Willamette River, the spring Chinook forecast is 58,700 fish. This is slightly more than last year’s actual return of 47,300 and will allow for a full Chinook retention season as described under permanent regulations.

The Willamette River remains open to retention of adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook salmon and adipose fin-clipped steelhead seven days a week.

The bag limit on the Willamette below Willamette Falls is two adipose fin-clipped Chinook. Above the falls, one additional adipose fin-clipped steelhead may be retained under regulations for the combined salmon/steelhead bag limit.

STEELHEAD/SHAD

Effective March 1 through May 15, 2014 the mainstem Columbia River will be open for retention of shad and adipose fin-clipped steelhead ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook. Beginning May 16 permanent rules resume as listed in the 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. 

 

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:

Northwest Zone

  • Youngs River from Hwy 101 bridge upstream to markers at confluence with Klaskanine River.
  • Lewis and Clark River from Hwy 101 bridge upstream to Alternate Hwy 101 bridge.
  • Walluski River from confluence with Youngs River upstream to Hwy 201 bridge.
  • Gnat Creek from railroad bridge upstream to Aldrich Point Road.
  • Knappa/Blind Slough select areas.

Willamette Zone

  • Willamette River mainstem below Willamette Falls, includes the Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River.
  • Lower Clackamas River upstream to Hwy 99E bridge.

 Fall chinook fishing on Snake River begins Sunday, Sept. 1


ENTERPRISE, Ore. – Oregon fishery managers announced today the upper Snake River will open to hatchery fall chinook fishing beginning this Sunday, Sept. 1.

The river will be open from the Oregon –Washington border to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam and will remain open until Oct. 31, or until a closure is announced. In addition, the reach from Cliff Mountain Rapid (at river mile 246.7) upstream to the deadline at Hells Canyon Dam will be open from Nov. 1-17.

The daily bag limit will be six adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon. Anglers can also keep and unlimited number of fin-clipped jack chinook. Chinook jacks are salmon between 15 and 24-inches long.

This is the fourth year in a row that this fall chinook fishery has been open, after decades of being closed due to low returns.  Fall chinook returns to the Snake River have rebounded in recent years due to increased hatchery production and ocean productivity.

Fishery managers at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are expecting a run of more than 41,000 fall chinook salmon to return to the Snake River above Lower Granite Dam this year.

“Each year we are seeing more and more Oregon anglers take advantage of this advantage of this unique opportunity,” said Jeff Yanke, ODFW district fish biologist in Enterprise. “We’re hoping that another large return combined with liberal bag limits will translate into lots of great fishing.”

Only barbless hooks may be used on this stretch of the Snake River, and anglers should consult the 2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other rules that may apply.

Snake River fall chinook migrate over 800 miles and pass eight mainstream dams to reach Hells Canyon, the farthest they will travel in Oregon.

Annual sturgeon bag limit increases to two

 

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon fishery managers announced today that the statewide annual bag limit for sturgeon will go to two fish effective April 1, 2013.

Since Jan. 1, the annual statewide bag limit has been one legal white sturgeon total for all zones statewide. According to Steve Williams, ODFW fish division deputy director, the increased bag limit is in response to a recent decision by the State of Washington to set its statewide annual sturgeon limit at two for 2013.

“The concurrent regulations should eliminate the confusion about how many sturgeon can be retained by anglers with licenses from both Oregon and Washington,” Williams said.

“While the new bag limit in Washington isn’t scheduled to go into effect until May 1, we understand the state is considering a temporary rule that would push up the effective date to April 1 to match Oregon’s action,” Williams added.

Fish that have been caught and retained since Jan. 1 will count toward the new two fish bag limit.

Anglers also are reminded that in addition to using barbless hooks for sturgeon, they are now required to use barbless hooks for all salmon, steelhead and trout fishing in the Columbia River, Willamette River below Willamette Falls, and several tributaries. Though the new barbless rule went into effect Jan. 1, so far only about 80 percent of anglers are complying with the new barbless hook rule, said Lt. Dave Anderson, Oregon State Police.

“With the spring chinook season heating up and the number of anglers increasing, we’ll be stepping up our enforcement efforts,” Anderson said.

 

States adopt sturgeon season above Bonneville

 

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Bonneville Pool sturgeon anglers will again see a split season for white sturgeon on the Columbia River in 2013. Fisheries managers from Oregon and Washington this week approved a white sturgeon retention season in Bonneville Pool consisting of winter and summer periods. The winter retention period will take place from Jan. 1 through Feb. 10, or until a harvest guideline of approximately 1,150 fish is achieved. The summer season is expected to begin in mid-June to harvest the balance of the 2,000 fish harvest guideline.

In The Dalles and John Day Pools, white sturgeon retention will open Jan. 1 and continue seven days per week until harvest guidelines are achieved as follows: The Dalles Pool – 300 fish; John Day Pool – 500 fish.

In the area from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon-Washington border, white sturgeon retention is allowed Feb. 1 through July 31.

Under permanent rules, white sturgeon retention below Bonneville will open Jan. 1 seven days per week from the river mouth upstream to the Wauna power lines at river mile 40. From the Wauna power lines upstream to Bonneville Dam, the season will open Jan. 1 three days per week, Thursday through Saturday. Modifications to the 2013 retention seasons in the lower Columbia will be adopted by the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife at a Joint State hearing scheduled for Jan. 30 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Portland.

The size limit is 38-54 inches fork length from the mouth of the Columbia upstream to The Dalles Dam and 43-54 inches fork length from The Dalles Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border.

Anglers are reminded that under Oregon fishing rules, the annual bag limit in 2013 will be one white sturgeon per year in all waters under state jurisdiction, down from the five fish annual bag limit in previous years. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted the reduced bag limit at its Dec. 7 meeting in response to the continued decline of legal-size white sturgeon in the Columbia and Willamette rivers.

The lower Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls (including Multnomah Channel and the Gilbert River) will remain closed to sturgeon retention on Jan. 1, Oregon fishery managers will consider a retention season for this area at the Joint State hearing on Jan. 30. Upstream of Willamette Falls, white sturgeon retention is open year round under permanent rules.

 

Commission approves new rules for Columbia River fisheries

December 7, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Fish and Wildlife Commission today approved a new management framework for Columbia River fisheries that includes more salmon for the sport fishery, a gradual shift of commercial gillnets to enhanced off-channel areas and development of new commercial selective gears for the mainstem. The Commission also set new barbless hook requirements for sport anglers beginning in 2013.

The adoption of the new management framework is the culmination of several months work by a two-state workgroup comprised of members of the Oregon and Washington Commissions, advisors and staff.

“We are very grateful for the time and effort of our Commissioners, our sport and commercial advisors, our colleagues in Washington and our staff in developing a new framework for Columbia River fisheries in a very challenging environment,” said Roy Elicker, ODFW director.

“The challenge going forward will be to implement this plan to the benefit of both the sport and commercial fishing industries,” he added.

Sport share of mainstem salmon harvest to increase

Both sport and commercial fisheries are constrained by the allocation of wild fish they can catch. The plan approved by the Commission generally shifts more allocation to the sport fishery.

Sport/Commercial Allocations for 2013 and Beyond

Species

Years

Sport Share

Commercial Share

Spring chinook

Current

60%

40%

2013

65

35

2014-2016

70

30

2017+

80

20

Summer chinook

Current

50%

50%

2013-2014

60

40

2015-2016

70

30

2017+

To be determined in consultation
with Washington Commission

Tule fall chinook

Current

approx., 50%

approx., 50%

2013-2016

<70

>30

2017+

<80

>20

Upriver bright fall chinook

Current

approx. 50%

approx.. 50%

2013-2016

<70

>30

2017+

< 80

>20

Increased production in off-channel areas

Commercial gillnets will gradually be moved from the mainstem of the lower Columbia River to off-channel select areas. To balance the loss of mainstem fish to the commercial fleet, the number of hatchery fish in the off-channel areas will be increased. An additional 1,000,000 spring chinook, 920,000 coho, and 500,000 select area bright fall chinook smolts will be released each year during the transition period, with additional increases in future years.

The plan also would allow for some continued commercial fishing in the mainstem, particularly to harvest excess hatchery fish. In addition, the plan would allow commercial fishing in the mainstem using more selective gear such as seine nets. The commercial efficacy of alternative gear will be tested during pilot fall salmon fisheries in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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:

Northwest Zone

  • Youngs River from Hwy 101 bridge upstream to markers at confluence with Klaskanine River.
  • Lewis and Clark River from Hwy 101 bridge upstream to Alternate Hwy 101 bridge.
  • Walluski River from confluence with Youngs River upstream to Hwy 201 bridge.
  • Gnat Creek from railroad bridge upstream to Aldrich Point Road.
  • Knappa/Blind Slough select areas.

Willamette Zone

  • Willamette River mainstem below Willamette Falls, includes the Multnomah Channel and Gilbert River.
  • Lower Clackamas River upstream to Hwy 99E bridge.

 

Google fishing map points to NW Oregon trout locales

 

Progress Trout
The new Google-based trout fishing map unveiled this week by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife directs anglers to 111 sites where hatchery-produced rainbow trout are released.

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.

The fishing map is the latest addition to a suite of Google-based maps, including the Wildlife Viewing Map and Oregon Hunting Map.

For more information, visit ODFW’s website at www.dfw.state.or.us.

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