Archive | R&E

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:

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.
Continue Reading →

Share this story:

Fish Eggs to Fry program teaches kids throughout Oregon about fish biology and life cycles

Oregon Fish Eggs to Fry

When an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife volunteer or employee walks into a sixth-grade classroom with a small blue cooler, the students watch with wide-eyed attention to see what will happen next.

In the weeks ahead, the students will take daily temperature readings and calculate how long it will be until the fish are mature. They will learn about the life history of fish as they observe the eggs hatching and transforming into “sac fry” before becoming tiny salmon. Soon, the students will take a field trip to a local creek, stream or river to learn about habitat and set these one-inch fish free.

The Fish Eggs to Fry program gives students in classrooms from kindergarten through high school a way to observe the biology of salmon, steelhead or trout first-hand and participate in the life cycle in a hands-on way. It brings to life and reinforces what they’re learning in their lessons. The project also lends itself to a broad variety of additional subject areas, including math, chemistry, writing and art. Continue Reading →

Share this story:

Bucket biology and its impact on Oregon’s fisheries (Part 2)

Bucket Biology

At Howard Prairie reservoir in Southern Oregon, there once was a robust rainbow trout fishery.

“They grew really well and the trout fishery absolutely thrived,” said District Fish Biologist Dan Van Dyke, about the 350,000 rainbow trout released into the reservoir each spring.

Then, about 2005, fishing in the reservoir, located just 18 miles east of Ashland, crashed.

The culprit was the illegal introduction of a surprisingly large list of invader fish: golden shiners, brown bullhead, black crappie, and both largemouth and smallmouth bass.

It’s a story that’s been repeated throughout Oregon for decades, when carefully managed fisheries of native or stocked fish are greatly damaged because of illegal introductions.

In these cases, individuals dump leftover live bait, possibly not realizing the harm. Others purposely add a different breed of fish in an attempt to alter the fishing grounds. Some also abandon fish and other sea life from a home aquarium or school project.

Continue Reading →

Share this story:

Coos Umpqua Propagational Renewal

Eel Lake - umpqua propagational renewalEvery year on a Saturday in June, more than 250 children in the Reedsport area get to experience the thrill of fishing for themselves.

At the Eel Tenmile STEP Association’s fishing clinic, the kids also learn knot tying, fish identification, water safety, and how to cast with spinning rods and fly rods. The reward at the end is fishing for their own rainbow trout from a net pen attached to the dock at Eel Lake.

The objective is to teach kids practical skills and the lesson that fishing can be a fun hobby, one they can do throughout their lives. Continue Reading →

Share this story:

North coast High School program teaches students fisheries biology

North Coast High School Program

Not every 16-year-old kid knows how to work with spawning salmon, incubate a freshwater fish egg, rear the juveniles and then release them into a river or bay.

Yet quite a large number of teenagers in Clatsop County have learned exactly that in the past several decades thanks to hatchery programs at both Astoria and Warrenton high schools.

In these programs, science isn’t found only in textbooks, but in real-life examples.

“A lot of the kids are really craving that. …They want to see and experience it,” said Lee Cain, a science teacher at Astoria High School. “Once they get up close and personal with living organisms, a lot of kids are really hooked.”

Cain teaches the aquatic biology program at Astoria High.

The program began on a much smaller scale in the early 1970s, when teacher Eldon Korpela began working with students to rear salmon eggs in buckets, Cain said.

Now the program has a classroom, a data lab, a research lab and a wet lab, as well as tanks and ponds.

Students can take semester-long fisheries biology and marine biology classes.

Continue Reading →

Share this story: