Archive | R&E

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.”

Continue Reading →

Share this story:

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

Share this story:

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:


Share this story:

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.

Continue Reading →

Share this story:

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

Share this story:

R&E Funds Make Great Improvements to Access and Facilities for Oregon Anglers (Part 1 of 3)

R&E funds access and facilitiesAt Cheadle Lake Recreational Area east of Lebanon, anglers, walkers and kayakers each enjoy the great outdoors at an expansive park not far from town.

Halfway across the state, children catch their very first rainbow trout at Prineville Youth Fishing Pond.

Meanwhile, visitors to the north coast can spend the day at Lake Lytle in Rockaway Beach, where a new fishing dock provides more space for people to fish.

These projects are just a few of the many dozens of improvements made using Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Restoration & Enhancement program dollars in the past several years. Each of them were accomplished under the umbrella of the 25-year Recreational Angling Enhancement Plan meant to make fishing a more pleasurable, convenient and successful experience for anglers throughout the state.
Continue Reading →

Share this story:

ODFW R&E Board position open

RE-board-membersEvery year, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Restoration and Enhancement Program gives $2 million to $3 million to fishery projects that benefit sport and commercial fisheries. The projects aim for a balance of both restoration and enhancement, to continually improve our state’s fishing grounds.

The program’ board studies proposed projects, listens to public comment on them, and makes recommendations for funding to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Continue Reading →

Share this story:

R&E Board Spotlight: Kay Brown

Waterfall_on_Sandy_River_-_panoramio-smKay Brown may be new to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Restoration & Enhancement Board, but for her the work feels very familiar.

That’s because Brown brings with her a lot of budgeting know-how and more than 30 years of ODFW experience, most of them as a fish biologist and operations manager.
Continue Reading →

Share this story:

Acclimation Facility in Douglas County provides Winter Steelhead in the South Umpqua

4454826257_b0c2fb17ce_b-smBeginning about late January, winter steelhead raised in Douglas County near the end of a long journey home.

The hatchery steelhead swim up the fish ladder on Canyon Creek, where they are held in a trap. Volunteers net them and then transfer this important natural resource to a 200-gallon recirculating tank secured in a truck.

They move the fish from Canyonville to the Rock Creek Hatchery on the North Umpqua River near Idleyld Park. The fish are spawned, and the resulting eggs are incubated. These young descendants grow here until they are one-year-old smolts.

Then, the next phase of their life cycle begins.
Continue Reading →

Share this story:

R&E Funding Helps Repair Fish Hatcheries Throughout Oregon

2864482528_fc8642e901_zAt Wizard Falls Hatchery in Camp Sherman, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife incubates and raises brook, cutthroat and rainbow trout, as well as kokanee to fill popular fishing lakes and ponds throughout Central Oregon.

The hatchery’s efforts provide a fishery for those campers and day-use anglers who want to catch their next meal or teach their kids a favorite pastime.

Yet, the older age of the infrastructure was making it more difficult to provide fish and to do so efficiently, said ODFW Fish Propagation Program Manager Scott Patterson.
Continue Reading →

Share this story: