Re: Wickiup Bass Fishing Regulation Proposal!
Good heads up! I will likely not make it to a meeting, but I will try to write ODFW on the matter. I completely agree that just trying to eliminate the bass at this point makes no sense. I understand why trout fishermen are upset, but there is some benefit to the bass being there. The large trout survive since most of them will not be devoured by even the largest of bass. The bass will eat alot of the smaller trout, limiting the population of trout. This is not necessarily bad. It becomes a tougher fishery, but less people fishing it due to the lower numbers of fish. This also means less pressure on the fishery, possibly making it a little less difficult to locate and hook into trophy-sized fish.
I, personally, have not fished Wickiup, but I am going camping in LaPine in July and am looking forward to giving Wickiup a try. I know it is supposed to be worth the short trip.
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. ~Steven Wright