December 2, 2011
Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is alerting Sandy River anglers of an error in the 2012 Sport Fishing Regulation booklet that affects the harvest of wild steelhead on the Sandy River.
The error occurs on page 54 of the booklet and says the Sandy River above the mouth of the Salmon River is open the entire year for the harvest of both adipose fin-clipped and non adipose fin-clipped steelhead
The correct regulation should limit the season to the retention adipose fin-clipped steelhead and non adipose fin-clipped steelhead from July 1 to Aug. 31. The harvest of wild winter steelhead is prohibited on all rivers in the Willamette Zone.
“We made a mistake and are sorry for any confusion it may have caused regarding this very popular fishery,” said Bruce McIntosh, ODFW assistant administrator for Inland Fisheries. “We’re already working to notify anglers before the 2012 regulations go into effect.”
The department will sign an emergency rule next week that will correct the error, and the Fish and Wildlife Commission will be asked to make the regulation change permanent at its February meeting.
ODFW also will take the following measures to notify anglers of the error in the regulation booklet and of the correction:
The correction will be highlighted at several locations on the ODFW website.
- The web-based version of the 2012 Sport Fishing Regulations will be corrected.
- Signage will be installed at access points on the river.
- Local license sale agents will be notified and asked to post fliers at their locations.