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 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