Archive | November, 2017

R&E Funds Make Great Improvements to Access and Facilities for Oregon Anglers (Part 2 of 3)

Where once there were broken docks, recreational fishermen now gather to cast a line.

In areas that lacked a good fishing hole, kids visit one with mom or dad – and without a long car ride to get there.

A lengthy list of completed projects highlight the progress of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s 25-year angling enhancement plan, now about one-third of the way through its established timeline.

The numbers underline the Restoration & Enhancement Board’s commitment to providing Oregon anglers with a place to fish and fish to catch, as well as fishing education for residents in urban and rural areas throughout the state.

“One of the things that we’re very careful to look at is what’s the benefit for fishermen,” said Richard Heap, who serves on ODFW’s R&E board. “The bottom line is it’s their money.”

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Projects provide better access for anglers in southeastern Oregon

Improved Fishing AccessThe 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 southeastern part of the state:

Southeast Watershed District

Beck-Kiwanis Pond – Ontario’s Beck-Kiwanis Pond now has a successful “two-story” fishery with both warm water and cold water fish, said Dave Banks, district fish biologist for the Southeast Watershed District. Prior to a project in early 2015 that cleared goldfish and carp out of the pond, an estimated 99 percent of fish populations were carp. Now, anglers can catch blue gill, bass and rainbow trout. ODFW plans to do an assessment soon to give it a baseline number it can use to assess fish populations now and in the future.

Owyhee Reservoir – With more than 3,000 launches/retrievals per year at Indian Creek State Park, this reservoir is popular with largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch and catfish anglers. Improvements began in 2014 and were finished in 2016, scheduled to avoid bass and crappie spawning periods. They included replacement of the boat ramp and the boarding dock system, reconfiguration of the maneuver area and expanded parking with ADA accessibility, said Holly Huchko of ODFW. The improvements, which cost over $1 million, were funded by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration funds, Oregon State Marine Board, Bureau of Reclamation and Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department.


Image: © Oregon State Marine Board

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Fish get gift of a healthy habitat

Christmas Trees help fish

Did you know Christmas trees could help fish? Douglas County students learned this when they volunteered through their class with the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program.

Watch how trees benefit salmon habitat in this video made by The (Coos Bay) World:

Consider including fish on your Christmas gift list this year. Check with your local STEP biologist to see if you, too, can volunteer to improve fish habitat close to you.

Find your local STEP biologist here:



Image: Flickr / Erin Stevenson O’ConnorCC-BY-SA

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STEP project offers lifecycle lessons

Fish Eggs LifecycleODFW’s Fish Eggs to Fry program gives kids from kindergarten through high school lessons about fish biology and lifecycle in a fun, hands-on way. The Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program project, which lets students raise and observe salmon, steelhead and trout eggs until they reach the fry stage brings science lessons to life.

Read more about the 23-year-old program on the Travel Oregon website:

Find out how you can get involved as a volunteer, or by bringing the program to your classroom on ODFW’s Fish Eggs to Fry page:

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Restoration improves fishing in Central Oregon

Restoration Improves FishingFishing’s good at North Twin Lake, thanks to an ODFW focus on restoring fishing for the community. In Fall 2015, ODFW treated North Twin Lake with rotenone to remove illegally introduced brown bullhead catfish. This was made possible thanks to Restoration & Enhancement funding, which provided $330,000 to the fishing turnaround efforts.

Read more about the fish and efforts to improve the lake, which stays open to anglers throughout the year, in The (Bend) Bulletin:


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Test program could lead to bigger fish in high lakes

Test program could lead to bigger fishWhen anglers head to northeastern Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness, they may soon catch bigger fish.

That is the hoped-for outcome of an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife test case in which larger rainbow trout were dropped into the high lakes with the goal of improving survival of the stocked fish.

The smaller stocked trout, usually 2.5 inches long, can succumb to predation, frigid temperatures and injuries caused by the drop.

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Efforts limit invaders in Diamond Lake

Invaders harm trout

ODFW stocked Diamond Lake with two types of predator fish to eat tui chub and golden shiners, which have historically deteriorated water quality and harmed populations of rainbow trout.

Restoration & Enhancement dollars have been instrumental in ongoing monitoring efforts, as well as paying for some of the treatments that have helped remove illegally introduced fish.

Read more about the most recent efforts in The Oregonian:


Image: Wikimedia Commons / Matthew Tyree / Public Domain

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Southern Oregon salmon spawning on view

Spawning Coho SalmonNow is the time for a unique wildlife viewing opportunity in southern Oregon. Watch fall Chinook salmon spawn during this peak season in local rivers. This will continue through about mid-December.

It’s important to practice good wildlife viewing etiquette. ODFW recommends:

  • Watch from a short distance without disturbing fish or walking on redds (nests.)
  • Bring binoculars for a better view.
  • Wait a few days after a rainstorm for better visibility.

The following locations all offer excellent viewing.
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