Archive | March, 2017

Descending devices keep fisheries robust

Yelloweye Rockfish - Descending story
It’s good resource stewardship, when releasing bottomfish and halibut, to descend them to a deeper depth so they can survive.

Now, it’s also a requirement meant to keep the fishery robust.

A new Oregon Administrative Rule began on Jan. 1 for bottomfish and will start for halibut on May 1, when the season opens. It requires that recreational anglers have a descending device on board for ocean fishing, and that they use it.
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Eastern Oregon Fishing Access Improvements

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other organizations throughout the state, continue to improve boating and angling in Oregon lakes, rivers and streams. Here are a few highlights of recent and ongoing improvements in the Eastern part of the state:

Deschutes Watershed District
Camp Sherman – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is creating a new pond in Camp Sherman at a former fish hatchery site. It will be a half-acre in size and stocked with rainbow trout, said STEP Biologist Jen Luke. Planned improvements include a parking lot, fencing and a restroom. The pond, which should open about spring 2018, will be designated as a fishing site for youths 17 and younger. It will be open from late May through Oct. 1 each year. ODFW will use the site in winter to acclimate young salmon.
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STEP Volunteers provide over $2M in annual economic impact

STEP ReportAcross Oregon and throughout the year, Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program volunteers helped one of our state’s most important natural resources thrive.

STEP volunteers have a tremendous economic impact, with their efforts provide an equivalent of $2,261,000 each year. From October 2015 through September 2016, nearly 4,000 adults and 1,062 young volunteers contributed to STEP and helped the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reach its fish management goals. Continue Reading →

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