Archive | August, 2017

Willamette Valley Projects Improve Fishing Opportunities

KokaneeThe 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 Willamette Valley:

Mid-Willamette Watershed District
Detroit Reservoir– Nonprofit angling group Kokanee Power of Oregon is spearheading a project that began releasing larger fingerling Kokanee in the fall with the hope of improving fishing in Detroit Reservoir, said Elise Kelley, a District Fish Biologist for the ODFW. “We will release fish about four or five inches long in the fall over the next few years,” Kelley said, “rather than two to three inches in the summer.” Kokanee Power of Oregon is funding this initial pilot program and will survey anglers with “catch cards,” in order to help with assessing whether the new, larger kokanee are contributing to the fishery.
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Rhoades Pond Volunteers Keep Fishery Strong

Chinook SalmonEvery year in late summer, volunteers release approximately 100,000 Chinook salmon into the Nestucca River in Tillamook County.

They are the result of months of care and feeding by volunteers from the Nestucca Anglers, as well as investment in the past several years – using Restoration & Enhancement dollars – to restore and improve the facility where they’re raised and prepared for release.

Rhoades Pond is an important part of ensuring a local fishery for commercial and sports fishermen, even in leaner years for wild fish, said Ron Rehn, STEP biologist for the North Coast Watershed District.

“It provides an insurance back up should the fishery be restricted,” Rehn said, and adds to the overall fishery even in good years.
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North Coast Volunteer Remembered for Dedication

Dave Booth's steelheadWhen fishermen catch trophy class winter steelhead along Oregon’s coastal rivers, they have volunteers to thank.

Broodstock programs for the fish are successful because of people like Dave Booth, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife volunteer who died this past February.

Booth, who lived in Beaver, was a longtime salmon and steelhead angler, and important to the program capturing wild steelhead on the Nestucca River. He accepted a leadership role as a volunteer to make it possible for bank anglers on the Nestucca to capture wild steelhead and get them to the Cedar Creek Hatchery.
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