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Oregon Approves 2016 Fishing Regulations
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the 2016 Oregon sport fishing regulations at its meeting in Seaside, Oregon on Friday. According to a press release, major changes adopted include:
- Eliminating of the April trout opener – most of these waters will now be open year-round.
- Setting the May trout opener at May 22 each year, ensuring that trout fishing statewide would always be open Memorial Day weekend.
- Removing the bag limit on non-native brown and brook trout in streams statewide, though some exceptions will still apply.
- Simplifying language, including replacing the terms “adipose fin-clipped” and “non adipose fin-clipped” with “hatchery” and “wild.”
- Removing bag limits for warmwater fish in the Columbia, John Day and Umpqua rivers.
The 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations will be available in early December 2015.
WDFW OKs Hatchery and Wild Coho Retention
As of Friday, Washington anglers have been able to retain both wild and hatchery coho in all four of the state’s ocean marine areas. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) previously limited anglers fishing in marine areas 1-4 to hatchery coho – marked with a missing adipose fin – to meet conservation goals for wild coho while extending fishing through the entire salmon season.
“With so much of the coho catch quota remaining this late in the season, we can allow anglers to keep both hatchery and wild coho without exceeding our conservation objectives for wild salmon,” said Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for the WDFW, in a written statement.
Anglers have a two-salmon daily catch limit in all four marine areas off the Washington coast. Up to two chinook may be retained in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) and Marine Area 2 (Westport); anglers fishing off La Push (Marine Area 3) and west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line off Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) can keep one chinook as well as two additional pink salmon as part of their daily catch limit.
Search on for Mystery Man with Salmon
A 1909 Asahel Curtis photograph showing a Washington cannery worker holding a large salmon has prompted a search to identify the man. Interest in the photograph was recently renewed after it was used by a local artist as the basis for a sculpture for Gig Harbor’s Harbor History Museum, the News-Tribune reports.
Curtis revealed little more about the photograph than the date he took it — Aug. 21, 1909 —and that it was taken in Bellingham. The salmon, he said, weighed 80 pounds.
Granum isn’t the only one wondering who the fisherman was.
“The question we’re asked most by visitors who see the bronze is, ‘Did the artist base it on someone in real life or was it a figment of his imagination?’” said Harbor History Museum manager Michelle Paulus.
Persons who know more about the photograph can contact the Harbor History Museum.