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    ODFW asks anglers to give regionís steelhead a helping hand

    July 13, 2017

    CLACKAMAS, Ore. Ė Facing some of the lowest steelhead returns on record, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has already curtailed steelhead fishing seasons throughout the Columbia River basin by adopting rolling season closures, reduced bag limits, and a night angling closure for all species.

    Additionally, ODFW is asking anglers to further help the regionís steelhead by adopting ODFWís best handling practices when theyíre out on the water this summer.

    ďPositive voluntary efforts may reduce the necessity for future mandatory regulations,Ē said Tucker Jones, ODFWís manager of Ocean Salmon and Columbia River fisheries. ďIf a person happens to intercept a wild steelhead, or any steelhead during a retention closure period for that matter, it is imperative that they do their utmost to ensure its survival by using best handling practices.Ē

    ODFW lists best handling practices on Page 13 of the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. These practices include:

    Use barbless hooks (even where not required)
    Use tackle strong enough to bring your fish in quickly
    Land fish as quickly and carefully as possible
    Avoid removing the fish from the water
    If taking a photo, cradle the fish at water level and quickly take the picture
    Remove hooks quickly and gently while keeping the fish under water
    Use long-nosed pliers or hemostats to back out a hook
    If a fish is hooked deeply, cut the line near the hook
    Revive fish (point them into slow current or move them back and forth until gills are working)
    When possible, let the fish swim out of your hands
    Fish when itís cool out Ė likely early in the morning or late in the afternoon Ė fishing is better and stress on fish is less.
    Upriver summer steelhead forecasts are very low this year at approximately 119,000, compared to 5- and 10-year average actual returns of 236,000 and 315,000, respectively. Wild upriver summer steelhead forecasts are low as well, with a forecast return of just 34,000 fish versus the 5- and 10-year average actual returns of 87,000 and 105,000, respectively. Snake River wild ďBĒ steelhead returns are the most imperiled, with a forecast of just 1,100 fish.

    With returns of steelhead so low, another strategy is to not target them and focus on other species, including warmwater species such as bass, walleye, and pikeminnow. These species are not only fun to catch but they also prey on juvenile steelhead and salmon.

    For more fishing ideas and opportunities, please visit ODFWís online Fishing Resources Page.

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    Rick Swart, (971) 673-6038
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    What are the rolling closures they are talking about?
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    The lower Columbia from The Dalles Dam to the mouth will start off being closed to all steelhead retention from Aug 1st-31st, and that closure will follow anglers up the river as the season progresses (The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam from Sept 1st to Sept 30th, John Day Dam to McNary Dam from Sept 1st to Oct 31st). In addition, the lower reaches of the Cowlitz, Lewis, Wind, White Salmon and Klickitat rivers, as well as Drano Lake, will be closed to steelhead harvest from Aug. 1 to Aug. 31. The Deschutes River from Moody Rapids to the mouth will also be closed the entire month of August to steelhead retention. This is an effort to try and avoid impacting the extremely low B-run steelhead forecast that will dip into these tributaries looking for cold water to rest in.

    Source: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...eelhead-b-run/

    Just like the last few years with the increasingly warm summer conditions, any wild fish you do hook out there this year folks, please take extreme care of them in the warmer weather (and water temps). Some great tips up above.
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    I believe it is the 1 Steelhead bag for this year in the Columbia, and the August complete closure they mean. There may be others as well.


    Edit: Ted beat me to it. I should leave this to the pros!
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    "Chuck Norris talks in the fourth person"

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    I'm just going to concentrate my efforts on other species this year... Hope next year will be better for them...
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