When people release illegal fish – goldfish, crappie, bass and bullheads – into lakes or streams, they reduce the survival rates and growth of stocked trout. This was the case with several bodies of water in northeastern Oregon including Balm Creek Reservoir, Kinney Lake, and ponds called Lugar, Boundary, Keyhole, Yellowjacket, Granite Meadows, and Goldfish. Continue Reading →
Archive | January, 2016
ODFW has funding for high quality fish cleaning facilities, but needs local sponsors to move them forward.
In Florence, an additional station was added to allow more people to quickly clean their catch. Lights were also added, so recreational fishermen could launch and land their boats at night. This project was administered through the Florence STEP program with support from the Port of Siuslaw.
While in Coquille, the city received a grant to modernize a cleaning station at Sturdivant Park with lights, a fan, new roof, sprayers, and drains. Plans are to also make it ADA compliant.
Cleaning stations support angler access and reduce barriers to those who want to fish.
Located in the Denman Wildlife Area, Whetstone Pond provides access to fishing in a rural setting close to Medford. It is the only ADA accessible site in the Rogue Valley where anglers can fish for warm water species.
This project increased accessibility for everyone to fish and view wildlife. It also maintained the existing trail system. Previous fishing access was often crowded, so this project opened up more bank access for anglers.
Under construction since 2006, Morgan Creek STEP Hatchery was officially dedicated on November 3 before a crowd of over eighty-five volunteers and local dignitaries. Because of the vision of STEP biologist Tom Rumreich, Morgan Creek became a reality through a unique combination of extensive local grant funding, a very active regional STEP group, the local community’s dedication to the project, and Rumreich’s passionate leadership.
A Coos County mainstay for over 33 years, Morgan Creek Hatchery has evolved into a world-class multi-generational facility that positively impacts the region’s environment and economy, while bringing a unique educational experience to hundreds of children annually. Continue Reading →