‘Flying fish’ splashing down in Oregon’s high mountain lakes

Tweet ‘Flying fish’ splashing down in Oregon’s high mountain lakes Tuesday, July 11, 2017 A helicopter returns from a fish-stocking site with ODFW trout shuttle in tow. The shuttle is equipped with 30 reservoirs that hold water and fingerling trout, which are released every other year in more than 350 of Oregon’s high mountain lakes. (Click to download high resolution image) -Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW- Video of fish being released into MIddle Rock Lake. -Video by Rick Swart, ODFW- CLACKAMAS, Ore. – More than 350,000 fingerling trout are splashing down in hundreds of high mountain lakes across the Cascade Range from Mt. Hood to Klamath Falls this week, as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife readies the waters along the Pacific Coast Trail for hikers, anglers, fly fishermen and backpackers. “Oregon is the only state that I know of that has such a robust high mountain fish stocking program,” said project leader Erik Moberly, ODFW fish biologist from Bend. “We want to provide a unique angling experience for backpackers and hikers who might like to catch a cutthroat or brook trout for dinner around the campfire.” Every two years, ODFW releases fingerling trout into Oregon’s high lakes. The trout are transported mostly by helicopter in a custom made shuttle carrying 30 individual canisters that hold a few gallons of water and up to 1,000 fingerling trout. The canisters are opened individually by remote control from inside the cockpit while the chopper hovers over a lake. Biologists like to use three-inch, juvenile fish because they can load more of them onto the aircraft and make the 100 ft....

Central Coast all-depth halibut fishing closes until Aug. 4

Tweet Central Coast all-depth halibut fishing closes until Aug. 4 Friday, July 7, 2017 NEWPORT, Ore.—Decent weather and good fishing last weekend, especially on Saturday, allowed anglers to harvest most of the remaining quota for the Central Oregon Coast (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) spring all-depth sport halibut fishery. Therefore, there will be no additional back-up dates open.  The summer all-depth fishery opens Aug. 4-5, and occurs every other Friday and Saturday until the quota is taken or Oct. 31, whichever is first. “The June 30-July 1 openings had good enough weather, especially on Saturday, that many anglers were able to get out fishing with good success for halibut,” said Lynn Mattes, ODFW’s halibut project leader.  Total catch for the spring all-depth fishery is 145,634 pounds, which leaves only 6,078 pounds remaining—not enough to open for any additional spring all-depth days. The remaining pounds will be added to the summer all-depth quota, giving an adjusted quota of 66,281 pounds.  The Central Oregon Coast Subarea nearshore (inside 40 fathoms) and the Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt to the OR/CA Border) both remain open seven days per week until the quotas are taken or Oct. 31, whichever is earlier. For the latest season information on halibut fishing visit:  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/halibut/index.asp ### Contact: Lynn Mattes 541-867-0300 x237 Lynn.Mattes@state.or.us Read more at...

Fish Screening Task Force meets July 13 in Enterprise

Tweet Fish Screening Task Force meets July 13 in Enterprise Friday, July 7, 2017 SALEM, Ore.—Oregon’s Fish Screening Task Force will meet Thursday, July 13 at ODFW’s Enterprise District Office, 65495 Alder Slope Road, Enterprise. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is open to the public. Several project sites will be visited by the Task Force Thursday afternoon and the morning of Friday, July 14. The agenda includes a request from a water user on White River to waive a fish screen requirement, updates on the ODFW Fish Screen Program, and an overview of projects in northeast Oregon. Fish screens prevent the loss of fish when water is used for irrigation, municipal, hydroelectric or other beneficial purposes. ODFW coordinates a cost share program for the installation of fish screens and passage at water diversions. The seven-member Fish Screening Task Force advises ODFW on fish screening policies and issues. Task Force members represent agriculture, fishing and conservation, and the general public. Additional information on the Task Force or the ODFW Fish Screening Program is available on the ODFW website or by contacting Alan Ritchey, ODFW Fish Screening and Passage Program Manager, (503) 947-6229 or Alan.D.Ritchey@state.or.us. Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the Information and Education Division at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6002 at least 24-hours in advance of the meeting. For more information, call Lisa Kingsley Fish Screening and Passage Programs Assistant, at 503-947-6224. ### Contact: Alan Ritchey, Alan.D.Ritchey@state.or.us, (503) 947-6229 Read more at...