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June Meetings On Oregon Salmon, Steelhead Regs Simplification Ideas

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

ODFW will host a series of public meetings to inform anglers of changes to sportfish regulations proposed for 2019.

ODFW SAYS THAT MANY OF THE SALMON AND STEELHEAD REGULATIONS UNDER REVIEW ARE IN THE NORTHWEST ZONE, WHERE THE ALSEA RIVER (ABOVE) FLOWS, AS WELL AS THE SOUTHWEST ZONE. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

The changes proposed are part of a multi-year process to simplify the fishing regulations. “To come up with these potential changes, we looked at every water body across the state, trying to develop common regulations, consistent language, and increased fishing opportunities,” said Mike Gauvin, ODFW recreational fisheries program manager.

The first phase was focused on warmwater and trout fishing and became effective in 2016. The current phase is focused on developing more consistent salmon and steelhead seasons, reorganizing zone regulations and clarifying some definitions.

“The majority of the proposed changes for salmon and steelhead regulations are located in the Northwest and Southwest Zones, as we found many opportunities to make small changes to streamline seasons,” said Gauvin.

ODFW staff will discuss the proposed changes and take public comments during the meetings. Comments can also be sent to odfw.commission@state.or.us. Final 2019 Sportfishing Regulations will be adopted by the Fish and Wildlife Commission at their Sept. 14 meeting in Bandon, where public testimony will also be taken.

Meeting dates and locations follow:

Coos Bay (North Bend), June 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m., North Bend Library, 1800 Sherman Ave

Newport, June 6, 6- 7 p.m., Hallmark Resort, 744 SW Elizabeth Street

Tillamook, June 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tillamook County Library, 1716 3rd Street

Seaside, June 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Seaside Convention Center (Seamist Room), 415 1st Ave

Hillsboro, June 14, 7 p.m., Meriwether National Golf Club, 5200 Rood Bridge Road (at NW Steelheaders, Tualatin Valley Chapter Meeting)

WDFW Fish Reg Simplification Proposals Head To Commission For Final Vote

Due to strong angler pushback, Washington fishing managers will recommend against allowing chumming statewide and eliminating special panfish rules, but say other simplifications they’re supporting will help shrink the gamefish section of the regulations pamphlet by between a quarter and a third.

They’ll take the complete package to the Fish and Wildlife Commission next Friday for a final vote, then begin work on the next project: streamlining the saltwater and salmon fishing rules.

Among the freshwater proposals that WDFW managers Steve Thiesfeld, Chad Jackson and Chris Donley will ask the citizen panel to accept as is:

  • Eliminating minimum length and daily limit on eastern brook trout;
  • Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention
  • Consistent language for game fish possession limit
  • Removing duplicative landowner rules
  • Separate trout and steelhead rules
  • Standardize juvenile only waters
  • Steelhead incidental retention
  • Stream season for game fish (Saturday before Memorial Day through October 31)
  • Whitefish only season standardization

They’ll ask the commission to modify eight proposals having to do with applying standard statewide rules on still and moving waters.

For instance, requiring wild rainbows and cutthroat to be released in native steelhead gene banks such as the Nisqually, East Fork Lewis and other rivers.

But they’re scrapping statewide chumming, special panfish regs and a trout bait-fishing rule in favor of retaining the status quo.

“We didn’t recommend adoption because online public comment and public testimony at last month’s Commission meeting were overwhelmingly opposed to adoption of these rules,” says Donley, who is the far Eastern Washington fishing manager. “In a nutshell, we actually do listen to the public.”

As the agency gathered online comment on proposals, an overwhelming 247 out of 272 people were opposed to the panfish rule, with many saying that reservoirs such as Banks, Potholes and Moses should be excluded because species like crappie and bluegill would be wiped out and other fish species would also lose out on dinner.

At least 59 people were against allowing statewide chumming, while only 31 were for. “This is a bad idea and will lead to unnecessary overfishing and collateral damage to other species,” one cogent argument went, according to WDFW.

And 46 out of 69 were against doing away with the requirement that trout caught with bait but released be counted towards the daily limit of five.

But there was stronger, though not unanimous, support for other simplifications, and those will mostly move forward or be slightly tweaked.

“Adopting the proposed changes would reduce overall gamefish rules by approximately 30 percent,” says Donley. “This is a substantial reduction in the number of special rules that are required to be listed in the pamphlet but it is important  to keep in mind that marine and salmon rules haven’t been simplified yet,  but we are working on it.”

WDFW Fishing Reg Simplification Workshops Begin Tonight In Spokane Valley

Spokane-area anglers will have a chance to talk with Washington fishing managers about proposed simplifications of the regs pamphlet at a workshop tonight.

It’s the first of six such meetings WDFW’s holding around the state over the next week and a half, with stops in Ephrata and Selah tomorrow and the next day, and Mill Creek, Ridgefield and Montesano next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

All the workshops run from 6 to 8 p.m.; see below for locations.

The proposals focus on freshwater fishing rules, with salmon regs slated for 2018 and shellfish in 2019.

A few of the tweaks include:

  • Opening rivers, streams and beaver ponds from the Saturday prior to Memorial Day in late May through Halloween;
  • Killing off that mandatory steelhead retention rule in almost all waters;
  • Simplifying daily and size limits and seasons on lakes and ponds;
  • And eliminating daily and size limits on bass, catfish and walleye in rivers.

For a full list of the proposals as well as a chance to input your comments through Nov. 30, go here.

But if you’d like to chat with managers and biologists before letting ‘er rip, here are details on workshop locations:

  • Spokane: 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 26, Center Place, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley
  • Ephrata: 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 27, Grant County Public Works, 124 Enterprise St. SE, Ephrata
  • Selah: 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 28, Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St. Selah
  • Mill Creek: 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 3, WDFW Region 4 headquarters, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek
  • Ridgefield: 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 4, WDFW Region 5 Headquarters, 5525 S. 11th St., Ridgefield
  • Montesano: 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 5, Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main St., Montesano.