CLACKAMAS, Ore – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has adopted a temporary rule removing bag and size limits of all fish on Roslyn Lake beginning Feb. 1.
Roslyn Lake, near Sandy, Ore., was created to collect water from the Sandy and Little Sandy rivers, producing electricity at the Bull Run powerhouse. Portland General Electric’s removal of the Marmot and Little Sandy Dams will eliminate the need for Roslyn Lake. PGE will drain the lake starting in the spring, and restore its bed to natural contours making the previous fishing regulations on Roslyn Lake obsolete.
“By modifying the previous regulations, we hope to give the local fisherman access to all of the fish that are in the lake before the water is gone,” said Todd Alsbury, ODFW District Fish Biologist. “ODFW stocked some nice trout through September and surplus hatchery steelhead through November of last year. Anglers will have a great opportunity to harvest as many fish as possible prior to lake drawdown in the spring of 2008!”
Roslyn Lake holds several fish species including hatchery rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, and possibly brown bullhead.
“The dam removal project is good news for fish and the Sandy River Basin,” said David Heintzman, PGE project manager. “Returning the Sandy and Little Sandy to free-flowing rivers and restoring the natural habitat will help wild salmon and steelhead runs. The public will also benefit from the permanent protection of and access to PGE's nearby lands.”