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ODFW News: Anglers\' help requested!

For Immediate Release Wednesday, July 09, 2003

ODFW Asks Anglers to Help Fish when Temperatures Soar

PORTLAND - With summer heating up, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) asks anglers to voluntarily stop fishing when in-stream temperatures reach a critical limit.

Fish mortality levels increase drastically when water temperatures are over 74 degrees. As a result, Oregon Trout, Native Fish Society, Trout Unlimited and ODFW suggest voluntarily limiting angling during these times to protect trout populations and future fishing opportunities. Those who choose to angle are advised to fish in the morning, when water temperatures are cooler, or fish at a different location if water conditions are unfavorable at their usual site.

Anglers also can help by using barbless hooks, keeping fish in the water as much as possible and limiting the amount of handling time. Anglers should wet their hands before removing hooks, and to avoid touching the fish's gills. Page 31 of the 2003 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations has more information on handling fish for release.

Reduced summer stream flow and increased water temperatures this year have decreased available fish habitat, disease resistance, spawning success and available food and oxygen, according to biologists from ODFW. Increased competition and predation also result. Stream flows in western Oregon are well below average and eastern Oregon already is experiencing wildfires due to dry conditions.

In this stressed environment, fish gather in groups where water conditions are most favorable, making them more vulnerable to anglers and predators. These threats can adversely affect adult trout numbers in future years by reducing the numbers of spawning adults.

This is the third year of low stream flows in many areas of the state. Under normal water years, affected trout populations will quickly rebound and again provide for some quality angling experiences.

ODFW encourages anglers to try some of the areas where water temperatures are cooler such as the High Cascade mountain lakes and mountain streams. ODFW's high lakes stocking program provides for some excellent trout angling in the summer and fall. These lakes generally are stocked every other year with fingerling fish that grow to catchable size. Many mountain steams have abundant brook trout populations, which provide good opportunities for young anglers.

Anglers should call their local ODFW office or check the ODFW Web site (www.dfw.state.or.us) for the most current information on any angling regulation changes.
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Information and Education Division
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
(503) 872-5264 ext 5528

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Anne Pressentin Young (503) 872-5264 x5356
Internet: www.dfw.state.or.us Fax: (503) 872-5700
 

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Re: ODFW News: Anglers\' help requested!

Interesting ... this request seems to relate only to trout, but stream flows and temperature is a huge issue on the Columbia. Probably a good idea for salmon as well. Also, I wonder why ODFW chose to include the parties requesting this action, instead of just making the recommendation themselves. I hope I didn't just kicked the beehive.
 

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Re: ODFW News: Anglers\' help requested!

I probably would be more attentive had they left OFF the other organizations... :rolleyes:

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74 degrees huh? Does that mean we should voluntarily stop fishing for Marlin and Tuna??? :hoboy:
 
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