Special May 30 meeting on blue/black rockfish permit

Tweet Special May 30 meeting on blue/black rockfish permit Friday, May 26, 2017 Salem, Ore.—The Commercial Fisheries Permit Board will meet on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 2 p.m. to prepare the final order in the limited entry blue/black rockfish permit contested case for Josh Johnson. Public wishing to listen to the meeting may do so at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters Building, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, Ore. The meeting location is accessible to person with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 24 hours before the meeting to Linda Lytle, (503) 947-6112. ### Contact: Linda Lytle (503) 947-6112 Read more at...

Columbia River sport all-depth halibut fishery closed

Tweet Columbia River sport all-depth halibut fishery closed Wednesday, May 24, 2017 NEWPORT, ORE. –The Pacific halibut all-depth sport fishery in the Columbia River Subarea will close effective Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:59 p.m., fishery managers announced today. The all-depth fishery from Leadbetter Point in Washington to Cape Falcon in Oregon opened on May 4 and was scheduled to be open every Thursday-Sunday through Sept. 30 or the harvest of 12,299 pounds of Pacific halibut, whichever came first. Preliminary estimates indicate that landings are nearing the quota and not enough remains for additional open days. The season will be closed until the end of the year. Effort in the Columbia River Subarea in 2017 was somewhat higher than in 2016 and catch rates were good, enabling anglers to harvest the entire quota for this fishery in a shorter time than in 2016. The Columbia River nearshore fishery (inside the 40-fathom line off of Oregon) remains open Mondays through Wednesdays until Sept. 30 or until the quota of 500 pounds is reached, whichever comes first. Opportunities to fish for Pacific halibut remain open in other areas of Oregon: Off central Oregon between Cape Falcon (near Manzanita) and Humbug Mountain (near Port Orford), anglers may fish for halibut inside the 40-fathom line beginning June 1, seven days a week through Oct. 31 or attainment of the harvest quota (28,897 pounds) for that fishery. The all-depth halibut fishery off central Oregon is next scheduled to be open June 1-3, with additional fixed open dates scheduled for June 8-10 and June 15-17. The summer season all-depth is scheduled to begin on August...

Kids can learn to fish at May 20 event near Hermiston

Tweet Kids can learn to fish at May 20 event near Hermiston Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Fishing at McNary Channel Ponds – Photo by Kathy Munsel- HERMISTON, Ore. – Kids will have a chance to hone their fishing skills at a free youth fishing event at the McNary Channel Ponds near Hermiston on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is co-sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. To give younger anglers a head start, the event will be open only to youth 12years old and younger from 10 a.m. to noon. The ponds will open to families to fish starting at noon. ODFW will provide tackle and loaner rods and reels, and there will be plenty of staff and volunteers on hand to help new anglers get started. “Kids will have a chance to practice everything from baiting a hook to landing a fish,” said Bill Duke, ODFW district fish biologist. Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations anglers younger than 12 can fish for free while those 12-17 will need to have a $10 youth license, available at license outlets. Licenses will not be sold on site the day of the event. The McNary Channel Ponds offers plenty of bank access for anglers, and are some of the dozens of water bodies in Oregon that ODFW regularly stocks with catchable trout. Anglers can learn more about how and where to fish throughout Oregon at ODFW’s website, www.odfw.com, under the “Fishing” tab. To get to McNary Channel Ponds from Hwy 370 in Umatilla, turn north onto Brownell Blvd....